Phillies Finally Win A Game! Snap 5-Game Losing Streak By Topping Giants 6-5
The Phillies snapped their 5-game losing streak and avoided the series sweep by topping the Giants 6-5 on Wednesday night.
Phillies (22-29) Beat Giants (27-22)
- Winning Pitcher: Aaron Nola (3-4, 3.92)
- Losing Pitcher: Jarlin Garcia (1-2, 2.08)
- Save: Corey Knebel (9, 3.27)
Kyle Schwarber and Nick Maton both homered during a four-run 6th inning that helped the Phillies snap their five-game losing streak and avoid the sweep at the hands of the San Francisco Giants.
With the Phillies missing Bryce Harper, who sat out the game due to right forearm soreness, and Jean Segura who will miss 10-12 weeks after breaking a finger in Tuesday’s game, they desperately needed to find offense from someone else in the lineup.
Enter Segura’s replacement Nick Maton, who was called up from AAA-Lehigh Valley and shined, batting 2-4, 1 R, 3 RBI. Maton played well in 52 games for the Phillies in 2021, but was the odd man out in the infield following an up and down Spring Training.
Maton laid down a perfect bunt for a single that drove in a run in the 4th inning to extend the lead to 2-0. Then when the Phillies really needed a spark, he came through with a huge home driving in two runs and cutting the Giant’s lead to one run.
Before Nick Maton hit his home run, the 22,213 fans at Citizens Bank Park were completely silent after Aaron Nola absolutely blew up in the top of the 6th, allowing 5 runs on 4 hits after having shut out the Giants up to the point. After the Giants tied the game at 2-2, Nola allowed a three-run homer to Wilmer Flores that sure felt like the Phillies rolling over on their way to their 6th straight loss.
Maton, the call-up from the minors lit that fuse that ended with a go-ahead two-run home run from Kyle Schwarber to put the Phillies in the lead for good 6-5. Those were the first runs allowed all season by Giants reliever Jarlin Garcia who took the loss and saw his club-record of 17 straight scoreless appearances come to an end.
The Phillies bullpen uncharacteristically tossed three scoreless innings of relief culminating in a save by Corey Knebel who had allowed home runs in back-to-back appearances.
So this is what it feels like to win a baseball game! I feel like I could accomplish anything and that my life now has meaning once again. However, I still feel like this team should fire Joe Girardi as manager. I’m watching you Joe!
The Phillies have a much-needed off-day on Thursday before hosting Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani, and the Los Angeles Angels for a three-game set at Citizens Bank Park.
Rhys Hoskins puts the Phillies on the board with an RBI single to score Bryson Stott.
Nick Maton bunts home another run to extend the Phils lead. Wow, it’s good to know that someone on this team can actually lay down a bunt.
Giants cut the lead in half…
And just like that the game is tied
Aaron Nola lets up a three-home run to Wilmer Flores putting the Giants on top for the first time tonight. That’s 5 earned runs allowed by Nola in the 6th inning. Ouch!
Nick Maton cuts the Giant’s lead to one run with a two-run blast off Garcia. What a performance by Maton who was called up this afternoon to replace the injured Jean Segura.
Kyle Schwarber rips a two-run home run in the 6th inning to put the Phils back on top! That’s a rough inning for Giants pitcher Jarlin Garcia.
Corey Knebel strikes out Curt Casali to give the Phils a win and end their season-high five-game losing streak.
The Phillies have an off-day on Thursday before hosting the Los Angeles Angels for a three-game set at Citizens Bank Park.
Zach Eflin (1-4, 4.64) will toe the rubber facing off against Chase Silseth (1-1, 3.07), with the first pitch scheduled for 5:05 pm.
NBC Sports Philadelphia will have the broadcast of the game.
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