Phillies News: Phillies offense sputters out nothing again, Bryce Harper improving
The Philadelphia Phillies returned home to play against the Colorado Rockies in a four-game series. Matt Strahm faced off against Ryan Feltner. This should’ve been a relatively easy game for the Phillies to win, considering Felter’s last start against the Seattle Mariners didn’t go well as he allowed five hits, five runs, and three walks in 3-2/3 innings pitched. The Phillies must’ve not gotten the scouting report because they made Feltner look pretty good.
The Phillies only tallied three hits off of Feltner and six hits in total on the night of a 5-0 loss to the NL West’s current last-place team. This shutout marks the third time in the last six days that Phillies have been unable to tally a run. This a surprising, frustrating, and down-right fact about a Phillies offense that still has so much potential and expectations.
The team left 11 runners on base. The Phillies blew a bases-loaded opportunity in the bottom of the sixth when Alec Bohm got fooled by this pitch. On top of the hitting going back in hiding, the club spoiled a dazzling Matt Strahm start. Strahm allowed three hits, three runs, two walks, and struck out eleven in 5-13/ innings pitched. Besides the three runs he gave up, the Rockies were having trouble hitting his off-speed stuff.
The Phillies will be looking to knot the series at one game apiece as Aaron Nola (1-2, 5.91 ERA) and Noah Davis (0-0, 0.00 ERA) face off as tonight’s starting pitchers.
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The Philadelphia Phillies are waiting patiently for both Bryce Harper and Ranger Suarez to return. Both have new updates regarding their injuries. Let’s start with the face of the franchise, Bryce Harper. Harper is said to be improving well and he is moving along with his rehab. There are Bryce Harper hitting updates, throwing updates, and fielding updates. Exciting stuff! Ranger Suarez has a specific action to take and then the Phillies will determine what to do about his progression plan after.
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