Ranger Suarez and Brandon Marsh dominate the Cubs, Phillies win game one at Wrigley Field 5-1
If only every game could be that easy. Ranger Suarez dominated the Chicago Cubs over 7+ innings of work and Brandon Marsh went yard TWICE as the Phillies cruised past the Cubs last night, 5-1.
Shoutout Ranger Suarez
Ranger Suarez continued his dominant month of June last night, allowing just one run on four hits in 7.1 innings of work while striking out eight.
Suarez made five starts in the month of June. He’s pitched 33.1 innings with a 1.08 ERA and has allowed a total of four earned runs (one home run) while striking out 33.
Over his past six starts, Ranger Suarez is 2-1 with a 1.35 ERA.
Of course, it always helps pitching with a lead. Trea Turner singled on a line drive to right field in the top of the first inning to put the Phillies on the board early.
In the second inning, Brandon Marsh hit a home run to right center field to put the Phillies up 2-0.
Brandon Marsh Home Run No. 1
In the top of the fifth inning Marsh struck again, crushing a two-run home run to right center, scoring Bryson Stott to give the Phillies a 4-0 lead.
Brandon Marsh Home Run No. 2
Heat Check: Over his last 7 games, Brandon Marsh is now batting .500 with 12 hits, 2 home runs, and 5 RBI in 24 at-bats. He’s on FIRE and it’s pretty safe to say Brandon Marsh is back playing like he did to start the season.
March 30th-May 9th: Marsh batted .317 with four home runs, 16 RBIs, 16 walks, 35 strikeouts and a 1.000 OPS in 121 plate appearances.
May 10th-June 18th: Marsh batted .186 with one home run, 11 RBIs, 12 walks, 48 strikeouts and a .500 OPS in 118 plate appearances.
Last 15 Games: Over his last 15 games Marsh is now batting .333 with 18 hits, 2 home runs and 7 RBI in 54 at-bats.
Speaking of Phillies players who just won’t stop hitting Nick Castellanos extended their lead last night to 5-0 with a hit to right field that scored Kody Clemens.
Nick Castellanos RBI No. 45
Castellanos was 1-for-4 last night. He continues to put together an impressive month of June, batting .369 with 31 hits, 4 home runs, and 14 RBIs in 21 games.
Castellanos has 9 multi-hit games in June, including four games with 3+ hits. Castellanos is slashing .385/.416/.588 this month. He leads the Phillies in hits, doubles, total bases, RBIs, AVG, OBP, SLG, and OPS.
On the year, he’s batting .312 with 9 home runs and 45 RBI with a .845 OPS.
Up Next for the Phillies
Trailing the red-hot Atlanta Braves by 10.5 games in the NL East Standings, the Phillies keep winning baseball games and are now 41-37 on the season. They are four games behind the second place Miami Marlins and three games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers for the third and final NL Wild Card spot.
Aaron Nola (6-5, 4.38 ERA) will take the mound tonight against Drew Smyly (7-4, 3.38 ERA) at Wrigley Field.