October 2, 2023

Phillies Stay Hot Against The Reds With An Easy Series Sweep


After a very pathetic series finale against the red hot Mets on Sunday, the Phillies played very well against a bad Cincinnati Reds team on Monday evening at Citizens Bank Park. There was a lot of positive takes from this one for the Phillies.

Let’s get to it! 

The Phillies started Noah Syndergaard on the mound and pitched seven strong innings although having only one strikeout and one earned run in his performance

The Phillies offense started clicking in the bottom of the second as Nick Castellanos homered (12th of the season) to center field that put the Phillies up first, 1-0. Moments later, Bryson Stott came through clutch by stroking one deep to right field that was back-to-back home runs and the Phillies had a 2-0 lead. 

In the bottom of the third, Nick Castellanos doubled on a line drive to right field and scored J.T Realmuto that made the score 3-0.

Syndagaard’s only earned run was a solo home run by Austin Romine to left field that made the score 3-1 in the top of the fifth.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Phillies added another run as Alec Bohm scored on a sharp line drive double by J.T. Realmuto and the Phillies blew by with a 4-1 victory.

Nick Castellanos and Bryson Stott really changed the Phillies mindset after a pitiful Mets series this past weekend. Their eye coordination of hitting has been fabulous, especially in Monday nights game. It will be interesting to see if these two can continue to become very efficient down the road before Bryce Harper comes back some time next week.

Alec Bohm is having a very meaningful impact on this ball club. Bohm went 3-for-4 on Monday night as he has been absolutely on target with his hits that have helped the Phillies offense. Bohm is an important asset to this team and he needs to keep sparking at his at bats. It’ll be interesting to see if he can make that happen over the course of next two months.

It felt like the Phillies were going down and heading in the wrong direction but the Phillies offense stayed alive and did some serious damage in the bottom of the ninth.

The Phillies started Ranger Suarez on the mound and he ended up pitching 5.2 innings, six hits, and three earned runs. Suarez didn’t feel his command like he had before Tuesday evening’s game. 

The Phillies got no-hit in the first five innings until they accumulated big time hits that put a cushion on the scoreboard although they were down 3-0 vs. the Cincinnati Reds. 

It all started in the bottom of the sixth inning when Alec Bohm hit a single to right field and scored Edmundo Sosa that made the score 3-1. Later in that half inning, Phillies J.T. Realmuto hit a huge triple on a sharp line drive to center field and scored Rhys Hoskins and Alec Bohm that made it a tie ball game, 3-3. Then, the hitting continued for the Phillies as Nick Castellanos singled on a line drive to left field and scored Realmuto and made the Phillies be in the driver’s seat with a one run lead, 4-3.

In the bottom of the seventh, the hitting couldn’t be stopped as Matt Vierling hit a bomb to left center field that made it a two-run lead, 5-3. 

In the top of the eighth, the Reds came back and scratched the two run Phillies lead and made it 5-4 on a Aristides Aquino single and he drove in a run.

The Phillies manager, Rob Thomson thought Brad Hand would do the job in the top of the ninth and it didn’t go as planned as he blew the save as Reds T.J. Friedl tripled on a line drive to right field and scored Nick Senzel and Kyle Farmer. It was knotted at six headed into the bottom of the ninth.

It was a very successful bottom half inning of the ninth for the Phillies as he produced the runs they needed to have the lead and win the game. How they did it was a double by Bryson Stott on a sharp fly ball to center field and scored Jean Segura and tied it all up at six. Moments later, Nick Maton stepped in to the batters box knowing he had to be bright and he did just that as he won the game on a single and drove in Bryson Stott to win the ball game, 7-6.

This is the type of offense Rob Thomson needed against the Mets last series, but just talking about now, they did their damage and came all the way back to win the game. Their hitting ability on Tuesday evening from the sixth to the final out was tremendous. It’ll be interesting how the line up can continue to sacrifice runners on base and take over in every opportunity. 

Phillies newest reliever, who made his debut on Tuesday evening, Michael Plassmeyer, had a good start as he didn’t let any hitting streaks begin for the Reds.This is the type of players the Phillies need in these type of game situations and not make it a big deal of blowing anything. It’ll be interesting to see what Rob Thomson does late in the games down the road.

The Phillies came into Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday evening eager to get their third straight win and they did just that. They had all of the energy to play like they did on Tuesday evening.

The Phillies started Christopher Sanchez, who was re-called from Triple-A on Wednesday. He didn’t have the brightest performance but it was something to be happy about. He went six innings and struck out seven hitters while he gave up three earned runs.

The Phillies got their hitting in control on Wednesday which started in the bottom of the second inning as Rhys Hoskins hit the ball into fielder’s choice to second and scored Nick Maton to recover the tie at one.

In the bottom of the third, J.T. Realmuto lifted the atmosphere in South Philadelphia as he hit a moon shot to left field that put the Phillies up by two runs, 3-1. Moments after that happened, Kyle Schwarber walked at his at bat and scored in a run that made the score 4-1.

The Phillies stellar offensive play continued to make a huge impact on the score as hits kept coming and it was 6-1 Phillies by the end of the bottom half of the third inning.

Phillies brought in Nick Nelson to pitch in the seventh inning and he wasn’t on target with his pitching ability which led to runs scored by Cincinnati. That time line of the game didn’t keep the Phillies slowing down. They didn’t give up at all knowing that they were only up three runs in the seventh, 7-4. 

The Phillies got  the win, 7-4.

The bullpen for the Phillies wasn’t as efficient as they wanted to be, especially playing against a bad Reds team. But, they stood tall and got the job done that won the game for them.

J.T. Realmuto has been having one hell of a season and that showed on Wednesday night as he continued to spark on Broad Street with a bomb. This is definitely the type of offense you want to see if you are a Phillies fan. Even though Kyle Schwarber is in a slump, Realmuto is bringing light at the end of the tunnel with his powerful swings.

Phillies starting pitcher Aaron Nola pitched one of his best starts of the 2022 season against a bad Cincinnati Reds team. The Phillies ended up sweeping the Reds.

Nola pitched nine straight innings with a spectacular performance with eleven strike outs. Nola only gave up five hits all game. 

The scoring for the Phillies started in the bottom of the third inning as Kyle Schwarber sent the baseball into the center field bushes that gave the Phillies their first lead of the night, 1-0. 

In the bottom of the fifth, Phillies Edmundo Sosa hit a sacrifice fly to center field and scored Garrett Stubbs that made the score 2-0.

In the bottom of the 7th Phillies’ Sosa hit a single on a ground ball to center field and scored Matt Vierling and Bradley Zimmer.

The Phillies shut out the Reds with a final score of 4-0

Phillies Kyle Schwarber was in a hitting slump coming into their game on Thursday evening but he stopped it with a home run. This is exactly what Schwarber needs to continue doing especially against bad teams like the Reds. It’ll be interesting to see what he does in their road trip versus the Diamondbacks and Giants next week.

Aaron Nola pitched excellent. His velocity was really on point each pitch all the way to the last inning. Phillies fans hope that this type of performance continues in his next few starts. We will have to wait patiently for his next start.

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