Phillies News: Offense wakes up too late, Bryce Harper begins sliding drills
The Philadelphia Phillies returned to Citizens Bank Park to open up their three-game set with the Seattle Mariners. Who came into Tuesday’s tilt with a record of 10-12, similar to where the Phillies sat coming into the game. Bailey Falter pitched a winnable game for the Phillies but was ultimately handed the loss, dropping to 0-4, as he went six innings while allowing six hits, three earned runs, two home runs, and striking out seven Mariners. That and the Phillies’ offense were not enough as the Mariners took the opener of the series 5-3, putting the Phillies two games under .500 with a record of 11-13.
The offense, again, does well at getting guys on base. They recorded ten hits against the Mariners and left seven of those runners stranded. Trea Turner was a momentum stopper in the game at the plate, going 0 for 4 and striking out three times. It didn’t help that Bryson Stott and Kyle Schwarber went a combined 1 for 7 as the team’s respective leadoff and three-hole hitters. Bright spots for the offense to remember from this game are Alec Bohm, Edmundo Sosa, and Cristian Pache look locked in at the plate.
Mariners left-handed starting pitcher Marco Gonzales did enough to qualify for the win after his big-hitting teammates Jarred Kelenic and Teoscar Hernandez provided the run support. Gonzales went five innings, gave up four hits, one run, and struck out two. Collectively, the Mariners’ bullpen did their job and secured the win for their team, combining for four innings of four-hit, two-run baseball.
The Phillies will have a chance to redeem themselves on Wednesday night as Taijuan Walker (2-1, 3.80 ERA) looks to continue his string of solid starts for Philly, and Logan Gilbert (1-1, 3.57 ERA) takes the ball for Seattle to put them in position to win back-to-back games.
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The Phillies injury news cycle has new reports and updates every day. Of course, the main topics of conversation are Ranger Suarez and Bryce Harper. There are a few exciting updates from various angles of Bryce Harper. Harper is running feet-first sliding drills, hitting live pitching, and having a long toss. Ranger Suarez’s return is not as visually documented but there is encouraging news regarding Suarez and his forearm soreness.
It has been five years since Ronald Acuna Jr. has been an Atlanta Braves outfielder and he is as good as ever. Acuna is leading the MLB in multi-hit games and stolen bases, both being 13 of them. Acuna has amassed exciting first-inning stats so far this season.
Don’t worry, the Braves have more reinforcements on the way if their 25-year-old MVP candidate is not enough. Promising centerfielder Michael Harris II is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment in Triple-A on April 26.
New York Mets starter Justin Verlander is expected to make a rehab start on Friday, April 29th. Working his way back to help out a decent Mets team that will need him to keep pace with Atlanta.
We can all cross off one major name that would’ve been in trade rumors heavily upon the trade deadline this summer. The Pittsburgh Pirates and outfielder Bryan Reynolds have agreed to an extension.
The Houston Astros played spoiler to the Tampa Bay Rays’ home winning streak of 14 games.