Phillies win 4th straight, leapfrog Miami Marlins in NL East and Wild Card standings
The Philadelphia Phillies are now a season-high 10 games over the .500 mark at 52-42 following a 4-3 victory over the NL Central leading Milwaukee Brewers.
After eight days rest, Aaron Nola took the mound at Citizens Bank Park last night and looked like the Phillies’ ace the city of Philadelphia expects him to be, tossing 7.1 innings, allowing four hits, three runs (two earned), and zero walks while striking out six.
Nola, who entering last night allowed 21 home runs over his first 19 starts this year (two more than he allowed in the entire 2022 season) retired the first 14 batters he faced. You know things are going well when you have Kyle Schwarber making Gold Glove plays in the outfield.
Kyle Schwarber Robbery
Kyle Schwarber mashed an opposite-field leadoff home run, marking the fourth straight game in which he’s hit a bomb at Citizens Bank Park.
Kyle Schwarber Leadoff Home Run
Alec Bohm grounded out in the bottom of the second inning on a fielders choice to score JT Realmuto.
In the bottom of the third inning, Trea Turner hit a triple on a sharp line drive to right-center to put a man on third with one out. Nick Castellanos snapped an 0-for-16 streak at the plate, hitting a ground ball single to center field as the Brewers’ infield played in to score Turner giving the Phillies a 2-0 lead.
Breaking: Trea Turner is FAST
In the top of fifth inning, Nola got hit hard and I would be lying if I told you I didn’t think we were in for another nightmare frame from Nola, which tends to happen more often than not in the middle innings this season.
Andruw Monasterio doubled on a fly ball to centerfield to finally put the Brewers on the board, and Brice Turang reached on a missed catch error from Darick Hall at first base to cut the Phillies lead to just a single run at 3-2.
The Phillies responded quickly in the bottom half of the fifth inning and extended their lead to 4-2 on a Bryson Stott single to score Trea Turner.
Bryson Stott Extends Phillies’ Lead in the 5th
Side Note: When you have Stott, Bohm, and Marsh hitting the baseball, the Phillies lineup from top to bottom is STACKED. The Daycare has been playing great baseball and is basically the reason the Phillies walked away with a win last night.
- Stott: 2-4, RBI
- Bohm: 2-4, RBI
- Marsh: 1-4
The Milwaukee Brewers are a damn good baseball team and for the Phillies to take 3-of-4 agains the Padres and then keep things rolling in a tight game last night at Citizens Bank Park thanks to a bounce back performance from Aaron Nola certainly means something.
They are now 10 games over the .500 mark for the first time this season and winners of four straight games. At 52-42 on the season, the Phillies leapfrogged the Miami Marlins in the National League East and Wild Card standings.
Miami lost their fifth straight game last night thanks to a three-run home run from Nolan Arenado that walked off the Cardinals in the bottom of the 10th innings last night.
The Phillies are now a half game up on Miami for the third Wild Card spot and sit in second place in the NL East. Miami has lost six straight games while the first place Atlanta Braves have lost three straight for the first time this season.
Cristopher Sanchez (0-3, 3.26 ERA) will take the mound tonight against Colin Rea (5-4, 4.71 ERA).