While You Were Asleep: Phillies Drub Mariners 9-0
The Phillies kicked off their 7-game west coast road trip with a much needed 9-0 drubbing of the Seattle Mariners on Monday night.
The Phillies really needed a strong start from Ranger Suarez Mondy night, as they face the uncertainty of losing Zack Wheeler and Zach Eflin after both were placed on the Covid-IL. Suarez did exactly that, picking up the win behind strong early run support from the Phillies offense.
Suarez: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K
The Phillies offense was humming tonight with Nick Castellanos, Jean Segura, JT Realmuto, and Rhys Hoskins accounting for all 9 runs driven in.
Jean Segura had 3 RBI in his return to Seattle where he was an All-Star in 2017, before being traded for JP Crawford and Carlos Santana.
After chatting with a bunch of Mariners fans in the days leading up this series they made it seem like Segura was a terrible team chemistry guy who was known more for his lack of hustle than being one of the top shortstops in the American League. After 3 full seasons with Segura, I don’t see that at all. Sure, Segura has had a few incidents where he drew the ire of Joe Girardi for not running hard down out of the batters box. But Jean has an infectious smile, plays the game with passion and everyone on the team seems to enjoy his presence.
Meanwhile, JP Crawford is a weirdo who the Phillies had to block on Twitter.
Castellanos and Hoskins both cashed in on 3-hit nights and more importantly vaulted Rhys back above the Mendoza line, as he is now hitting a more respectable .210
Every Phillies starter not named Kyle Schwarber recorded a hit, numbering 17 in total. The Phils recorded multiple hits in five different innings and were moving runners and running the bases with ease.
Schwarber was 0-5, despite striking out only once.
Francisco Morales and James Norwood looked good out of the bullpen combining for 3 innings of no hit baseball. It was important for the pen to have an easy night considering the Phillies may have to employ a bullpen starter in game 3 of this series.
Phillies (13-16) Beat Mariners (13-17)
- Winning Pitcher: Ranger Suarez (3-1, 3.68)
- Losing Pitcher: Chris Flexen (1-5, 4.24)
- Save: n/a
Jean Segura gets some revenge on his former squad knocking a solo home run to put the Phils up in the 2nd inning.
Rhys Hoskins goes back-to-back driving this off speed pitch down the left field line.
JT Realmuto scores Nick Castellanos from second base with a two out RBI single in the 3rd inning.
Nick Castellanos had a terrific night including his first double that scored Alec Bohm to increase the Phils lead in the 5th inning.
JT Realmuto moves the runners forward and knocks home Bryce Harper with an RBI single in the 5th inning.
Nick Castellanos with an RBI single to bring in Bryce Harper and essentially put the game out of reach.
That’s a 3 RBI night for Jean Segura as he brings in Nick Castellanos with this RBI single.
Rhys Hoskins drops an RBI single into center field to drive home Jean Segura and put the Phillies up big in the 7th inning.
The Phillies will look to make it a winning streak and snatch a rare series win as they take on the Seattle Mariners in game two of the three game set at T-Mobile Park.
Aaron Nola (1-3, 3.38) will toe the rubber facing off against Robbie Ray (2-3, 4.38) with the first pitch scheduled for 6:45 pm.
NBC Sports will carry the broadcast of the game.