December 3, 2023

What to watch as Phillies try and win the series over Cardinals


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The 7-7 Philadelphia Phillies will try and win the series against the 7-7 St. Louis Cardinals Sunday afternoon.

Here’s what to watch:

Trying to bounce back

Before yesterday’s nightmare happened, Bryce Harper was out of the lineup with back stiffness.

Despite this, the offense got off on the right track making Cardinals pitcher Kwang Hyun Kim throw over 30 pitches in the first inning. However, only one run came across. Alec Bohm hit an RBI single to the left-center field gap scoring Rhys Hoskins. They’d get the bases loaded, but Matt Joyce — filling in for Harper — saw his 3-0 count end up in a strikeout.

Matt Moore started for the Phillies and after a tough first inning rebounded nicely in the second, all to allow a three run home run to Yadier Molina, followed by a back-to-back shot by Paul DeJong. He allowed another run before finally getting taken out.

In the bottom half of the inning the offense got some of those runs back. J.T Realmuto got a RBI ground out, and Bohm brought Hoskins home with a sac fly. Bohm always brings the run home!

JoJo Romero came in and allowed another home run to Molina and a two run shot to Nolan Arenado making it 9-3 Cardinals bringing Vince Velasquez into the game. Surprisingly, Vinny V didn’t allow any runs.

The Phillies scored just one more run in the ninth as the Cards took game two 9-4.

Nola day

Phillies starter Aaron Nola wasn’t sharp as he usually is his last start against the New York Mets as he needed 92 pitches to get through five innings. He allowed three run on seven hits in those five innings.

He hasn’t had a good feeling on his sinker, as of late.

Overall this season, Nola is 0-1 with 3.45 ERA and 18 strikeouts. It hasn’t been the greatest start for Nola, but as the weather starts to get warmer, so does Nola.


Phillies lineup vs. John Gant:

Cardinals lineup vs. Nola:


When: 1:05 P.M. E.S.T.

Where: Citizens Bank Park

Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia

Radio: 94.1 WIP

Social media coverage: Philly Sports Reports’ Twitter & Instagram.

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