Phillies salvage series in Milwaukee, take finale 4-2
The Philadelphia Phillies avoided getting swept yesterday in Milwaukee thanks to a 3-run seventh inning to beat the Brewers 4-2 in the series finale.
Ranger Suarez was on the mound making his first start since August 13th after a right hamstring strain landed him on the 15-day injured list for the better half of August.
Suarez was effective, tossing 4.0 innings while allowing five hits, two earned runs, and two walks while striking out five.
The Phillies finally broke Brewers’ starting pitcher Wade Miley, who held the Phillies hitless through 5.2 innings, in the sixth inning after he walked Kyle Schwarber and Trea Turner hit an RBI single to cut the Phillies deficit to 2-1.
Alec Bohm and JT Realmuto crushed back-to-back home runs off Brewers starter Wade Miley yesterday to turn that one run deficit to a one run lead yesterday in the series finale.
Alec Bohm & JT Realmuto Back-to-Back Home Runs
Bullpen Throws 5 Strong Innings
The bullpen, which was in desperate need of a strong combined outing, delivered yesterday with Hoffman, Dominguez, Strahm, Alvarado, and Kimbrel combining to throw five innings, allowing just two hits and two walks, while striking out seven.
Phillies at the Plate
- Trea Turner: 2-5, RBI, K
- Nick Castellanos: 1-5, K
- Alec Bohm: 1-4, RBI, R
- JT Realmuto: 1-2, RBI, BB, R
Obviously, the Phillies lost 2 of 3 in Milwaukee but if you really think about it, that series could have easily been a sweep or at the very least, one where they won 2 of 3.
Jose Alvarado aided by Alec Bohm let game one slip away on Friday night and on Saturday, Aaron Nola pitched a complete dud as the Phillies fell 7-5 after a late-inning comeback fell short.
I’m not saying that we should be okay with the result, but it’s hard to argue that the Phillies, mainly at the plate, have started to show the consistency we expected throughout the season.
Phillies Hunt for Red October
The Phillies hold a 2.5 game lead over the Chicago Cubs for the top NL Wild Card spot. They are 5.5 games ahead of the D-Backs, Giants, Marlins, and Reds who are all fighting for the third and final ticket to the postseason.
The Phillies will now head to San Diego tonight for three more games on the road before returning home for a 7-game home stand that includes three games against the Marlins and four against the Atlanta Braves.
Games remaining: at SD (3), vs. MIA (3), vs. ATL (4), at STL (3), at ATL (3), vs. NYM (4), vs. PIT (3), at NYM (3)