Phillies complete series sweep of Pirates with 8-2 win for 5th consecutive victory
The Phillies beat the Pirates 8-2 on Sunday afternoon for their 5th consecutive win and notched a 4-game sweep in Pittsburgh for the first time since 1968.
Phillies (55-47) Beat Pirates (40-62)
- Winning Pitcher: Aaron Nola (7-8, 3.25)
- Losing Pitcher: JT Brubaker (2-9, 4.40)
- Save: n/a
The entire Phillies lineup was seeing the baseball well this afternoon as they notched a team-high 18 hits en route to their 5th consecutive victory. The 3-4-5 hitters in the lineup combined for 11 hits, 6 runs, and 4 RBI, powered by Alec Bohm who tied a career high with four hits.
Aaron Nola was solid tossing six innings while allowing one earned run on six hits and striking out eight Pirates hitters. Nola threw 64 of his 93 pitches for strikes and allowed his only run on back-to-back doubles in the 3rd inning.
Entering the 5th inning it appeared that the Phillies offense would fail to provide run support for Nola which has been a common theme during his entire run in red pinstripes. But the Phils offense exploded for five runs in the 5th inning that began when Kyle Schwarber belted his NL leading 33rd home run of the season to left field off Pirates starting pitcher JT Brubaker.
The Phils went on to notch six singles including four consecutive hits that knocked Brubaker out of the game, allowing the offense to feast on a weak Pirates bullpen. The Phils batted around the order in the 5th tallying seven hits and blowing the game open.
Alec Bohm would add another run in the 6th inning with a solo home run 404 feet to center field for his 4th hit of the day which pushed his batting average on the season above the .300 mark. To think of where Bohm was mentally at the beginning of the year, its a miracle how far he has progressed both at the plate and at third base.
Second basemen Jean Segura is expected to be back on the active roster for Tuesday’s series opening game in Atlanta against the Braves. Segura has been out of the lineup since he was hit in the hand with a pitch on May 31st against the San Francisco Giants. The Phillies could surely used his bat back in a lineup that despite winning games has failed to score runs over the last month.
JT Realmuto drives in Bohm with a double of his own!
Nick Castellanos quickly doubles the Phils lead in the 1st inning with an RBI single. That’s good to see from Nick.
Bryson Stott makes a fine defensive play ranging to his right to get the second out in the 3rd inning.
Aaron Nola allows his second double in a row as Cal Mitchell knocks in the Pirates first run of the day with an RBI double in the 3rd inning.
Kyle Schwarber hits his NL leading 33rd home run of the season off Pirates starting pitcher JT Brubaker in the 5th inning.
Nick Castellanos has his 2nd RBI single of the day with a bloop into center field.
Bryson Stott adds on to the Phils lead with an RBI single back up the middle to score JT Realmuto from third base.
Matt Vierling drives in a run with an RBI single scoring Nick Castellanos from second base.
Didi Gregorius gets in on the fun with an RBI single of Dillon Peters in the Phils big 5-run 7th inning.
Alec Bohm notches his 4th hit of the ballgame with this solo shot off Dilon Peters in the 6th inning which also pushed his season average above .300.
Jeurys Familia allowed a walk and a single to the first two batters he faced before giving up an RBI single to Yoshi Tsutsugo cutting into the big Phils lead.
Didi Gregorius makes a fantastic defensive play to turn the double play and end the 9th inning notching the Phils 4-game sweep of the Pirates.
PHILS WIN 8-2
Up Next for the Phillies
The Phillies have a scheduled off day on Monday before beginning a three game series against the division rival Braves at Truist Park in Atlanta.
TBD (0-0, 0.00) will toe the rubber facing off against Spencer Strider (5-3, 2.91) with the first pitch scheduled for 7:20 pm.
NBC Sports Philadelphia will carry the broadcast of the game.
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