RING IT: Phillies secure series victory with 5-2 win over Chicago White Sox
The Philadelphia Phillies clinched the series win this afternoon with a crucial 5-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox.
- Winning Pitcher: Taijuan Walker (2-1)
- Losing Pitcher: Mike Clevinger (2-1)
- Save: Jose Alvarado (2)
The action got started early for the Phillies as Trea Turner stepped up to the plate in the top half of the first. Turner, who was still searching for his first homer in a Phillies uniform, crushed one deep to left field to put the Phillies up 1-0.
The Phillies lead wouldn’t last long, as Luis Robert Jr. found his way on base in the bottom of the 1st inning, which led to a 2-run bomb from Andrew Vaughn to put the Sox up 2-1 early.
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It was an early scoring battle on a cold day in Chicago, as Brandon Marsh cranked one 378 feet to left field in the top half of the second inning to knot the game at two. Marsh is now hitting .368/.419/.737 on the season and leads the National League in OPS (1.156).
The Phils would plate three more runs over the next two innings. Nick Castellanos blooped a single to left field that would score Trea Turner in the third inning, followed by two doubles from Bryson Stott and Trea Turner in the top half of the fourth. These hits pushed the Phillies’ lead to 5-2, and that’s all Taijuan Walker would need for the rest of the day.
Walker was fantastic today, finishing his day with 6.1 innings pitched, allowing just five hits and two earned runs, which were both allowed in the first inning. Walker logged 95 pitches, 62 for strikes, and brought his ERA down to just 3.80 on the year.
Taijuan did run into a bit of trouble in the seventh inning, but Gregory Soto came in to clean up the mess. Soto, who has been fantastic since his Opening Day blunder, threw two-thirds of an inning and struck out one to get the Phillies out of the jam.
Craig Kimbrel and Jose Alvarado threw the final two innings for the Phillies and allowed just one baserunner while striking out two. Kimbrel has really settled in over the last week, and Jose Alvarado’s ERA has dropped all the way down to 1.08 in 8.1 innings of work.
Final Score: Phillies 5, White Sox 2
Back Home to Citizens Bank Park
The Phillies finish off their road trip with a 4-3 record and now travel back to Citizens Bank Park for a seven-game homestand. They matchup for four games this weekend against the struggling Colorado Rockies, followed by three games vs. the Seattle Mariners to start off next week.
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