After last night’s offensive explosion, the Phigtin’ Phillies look to go for the series win against the Los Angeles Angels. Tonight’s match-up saw newly acquired RHP Michael Lorenzen (5-5, 5.35 ERA) versus Angles lefty Tyler Anderson (7-8, 3.69 ERA). This is the 132nd game of the season and the 66th home game. Phillies continue to cook on all phases of the game. The long ball continues to bless the Phillies. They tack on five more homers tonight, bringing their tally to 57 in the month. The Phillies win the game and the series and go for the sweep on Wednesday afternoon.
Hours before the game, the Angles announced they placed Lucas Giolito, Hunter Renfroe, Randal Grichuk, Matt Moore, and Reynaldo Lopez on waivers in a strange turn of events.
Can Michael Lorenzen Return to Form?
The answer is no. Michael Lorenzen continues to struggle on the hill. His command is shaky at best and continues to make mental mistakes, including a throwing error in the third inning. Angels shortstop Luis Rengifo had his number all night. Rengifo had two solo homers and a single against Lorenzen. He goes six innings, allowing four runs on eight hits, three earned, two walks, five strikeouts, and two homers. After the game, he talks about feeling better about his pitching effort behind the bats.
The question remains, “Is Lorenzen running on fumes?” Was he overworked in the no-hitter? He did tally up the most innings in MLB before coming to Philadelphia.
Ball Goes Boom
In the 52 homers leading up to this game, 32 have been hit by four players. Schwarber (9 HRs), Harper (8 HRs), Castellanos (8 HRs), and Turner (7 HRs) have crushed 61.5% of them. Harper kept it going with #299 personally and #53 in the month of August for the Phillies. His other bash brother, Kyle Schwarber, blasted one to right field, tying the 2 in the bottom of the third.
The big one that changed the feel of this game the game open was in the sixth inning. Castellanos stretches a single into a double on an error. Angels show respect to Harper with an intentional walk, and Bohm makes them pay. Alec blasts a three-run homer to center field. The Phillies take the lead 5-4. Stott didn’t start the game, but he sure as hell finished it. He had a two-run blast in the 7th, giving the Phillies an 11-5 lead. Trea Turner must have felt left out and joined the homerun party. He hits a solo blast to center field, dominating the Angels 12-5.
The Rest of the Story
Small ball came in handy tonight as well. Rojas bunts with men on the corner. JT Realmuto scores from third, getting his hand in under the tag. Phillies extend their lead in the 6th to 6-4. Trea Turner keeps the hot 6th inning going with a bases-clearing triple, scoring Stott and Rojas. Realmuto had a productive night at the plate with two hits and solid defense. Scored an RBI single in the seventh and throughout Ohtani, attempting to steal third base.
Alvarado comes in relief for Lorenzen. He lets up a solo shot to Grichuk, but that is it. He retires the next three batters. Seranthony has a shutdown 1-2-3 inning in the eighth inning. Things get slightly sloppy in the 9th, and the Angels score two more runs. One came off an Ohtani double. The Phillies go for the sweep tomorrow afternoon.
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