The Phillies’ win streak extends to four. In what is becoming one of the most impressive streaks in Phillies history, long balls were, once again, the story in the 8-3 Phillies defeat of the (20-12) Los Angeles Dodgers.
Ranger Suarez is rapidly being the “ace” of the staff with his seven innings, 5 hit, 3 run, and 6 strikeout performances. Suarez at one point retired 11 Dodgers in a row.
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Manager Joe Girardi shuffled the line-up with Rhys Hoskins taking the lead-off slot. The experiment didn’t start so well with Hoskins getting called out on strikes. Bryce Harper started a rally with a double. Justin Turner, after making a nice stop, bounced his throw to first sacker, Freddie Freeman for an error putting runners at the corners.
Jean Segura, an owner of a 10-game hitting streak, made it 11 with a three-run shot. It would be the first of four Phillies homers for an early 3-0 advantage. The long ball party continued in the bottom of the inning with Mookie Betts hitting an opposite-field shot. The incredibly hot Bryce Harper hammered a gargantuan blast to the back of the Phillies bullpen for the second three-run shot for Philadelphia and a 6-1 lead
“We just know [Urías] is really good, He’s a 20-game winner for a reason last year and we’re just trying to get a jump on pitches in the zone, not let him get ahead of us. When he gets ahead of guys, he shuts the door on them,”Bryce Harper
Urias had issues with his command and Philadelphia made him pay. Kyle Schwarber joined in on the home run party to make it a 7-1 contest. Hoskins made it four Phillies homers and an 8-1 score. Cody Bellinger cracked a two-run bases-loaded double that cut it 8-3 but, Suarez took over and retired the next 11 Dodgers he faced to give Philadelphia their first series win over LA since 2014.
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An incredible stretch of three games for Harper who went 2 for 4 with a home run, double, and three RBI on Thursday. Friday he went 3 for 4, then this game he posted another 3 for 4 which included a bunt single. Harper will be shut down for a few days due to receiving a Platelet-rich Plasma injection for his UCL tear.
The Phillies’ win streak extends to four in a row and five of their last six to climb to the .500 mark. When asked about the Dodger’s pitching thus far in the series, Manager, Dave Roberts spoke very candidly.
“First off, you’ve got to give the Phillies a lot of credit. Offensively, I think they’ve had a really good approach and plan against all of our guys. There’s an intent to spoil pitches, use the entire field, and take walks if needed. They’ve got a good plan and done a nice job.
“Conversely, on our side, just bad execution. I think there are some sequencing things we’ve got to be better at. Up until Kimbrel took the mound, and I thought Graterol threw the ball well, just unlucky. We just didn’t pitch well.”
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The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.
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A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.