Taijuan Walker bounces back, Kyle Schwarber hits 3rd home run in June to lead Phillies to fourth straight win
The Philadelphia Phillies beat the Detroit Tigers 1-0 last night thanks to a fantastic outing from Taijuan Walker and yet another June home run courtesy of Kyle Schwarber.
Walker allowed just two hits in seven scoreless innings. He struck out eight and walked just three to guide the Phillies to their fourth straight win.
It was a bounce-back performance from Walker, who has struggled in his debut season in Philadelphia. Just last week, Walker lasted only four innings against the New York Mets, allowing two hits, three earned runs, and three walks while striking out two.
In the loss against the Mets, Walker fell to 4-3 on the season with a 5.56 ERA. Now, after last night’s win, Walker improved to 5-3 on the season and his ERA fell down to 5.04.
It’s definitely an improvement for the Phillies middle-rotation pitcher that signed a hefty $72 million contract with the team over the offseason, but as everyone knows, consistency is key.
The Phillies offense cooled down last night after being on fire over the past five games, but luckily Kyle Schwarber’s lead-off home run backed by Walker, and two scoreless innings from Seranthony Dominguez and Craig Kimbrel was enough to get the win.
Phillies Lineup Last Night
- Kyle Schwarber: 1-3, HR, RBI, R
- Castellanos, Harper, Turner, Realmuto: 0-12, 5 K
Kyle Schwarber Home Run No. 3 in June
Heat Check: While his batting average certainly won’t turn any heads, Kyle Schwarber now has six hits, three home runs and 7 RBI with five walks over his last 7 games.
Up Next for the Phillies
The Phillies will now send Zack Wheeler to the mound this evening at 6:05PM looking to sweep the Detroit Tigers.
Last night’s win moved the Phillies back to just three games under the .500 mark at 29-32. They remain in fourth place in the NL East Standings, a game behind the third place Mets, 4.5 behind the surprising Miami Marlins, and 7.5 games behind the first place Atlanta Braves.
The Phillies will have a day off tomorrow before welcoming the Los Angeles Dodgers (35-26) to South Philadelphia for a weekend series at Citizens Bank Park.