Phillies News: Ranger Suárez debuts, Bryce Harper stays hot, and more
The Philadelphia Phillies won the second game of their series in Colorado on Saturday night. The win makes it five straight for the Phillies. Ranger Suárez made his 2023 debut and tossed four innings while allowing three earned runs. In his first start of the season, Suárez was hit around a little bit, but showed poise in limiting damage. The Phillies offense put up seven runs and was carried by Nick Castellanos— who went 3-4— and Bryce Harper— who hit another mammoth home run. The Phillies bullpen went five solid innings allowing just one unearned run. Gregory Soto closed the game with a scoreless ninth inning to secure his first save of the season.
The series finale takes place Sunday afternoon as Aaron Nola (3-2, 4.44 ERA) is opposed by Colorado Rockies' starter, Kyle Freeland (3-4, 3.57 ERA). The Phillies will look to sweep the series and win six straight.
Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto expects to play on Sunday after suffering an injury to his right hand on Friday night. Realmuto was available off the bench on Saturday night. His availability in game two indicates that— barring a setback— he will be ready to go in the series finale.
Rockies' starter Ryan Feltner was removed from Saturday night's game after taking a line drive off of his head. Nick Castellanos hit a hard single up the middle and Feltner could not get out of the way. He was taken to a local hospital to undergo testing and the Rockies said they would have more information on Sunday.
Kansas City Royals starter Zack Greinke became just the fifth pitcher in Major League Baseball history to record 1,000 strikeouts in his career. Greinke joined the likes of Nolan Ryan, Randy Johnson, Greg Maddux, and Roger Clemens as the only pitchers to accomplish the feat. Greinke has had a very good career and wound up back in Kansas City— where his career started— this offseason.
Seattle Mariners rookie pitcher Bryce Miller broke a record that has been in place for over 100 years on Saturday. In his first three starts Miller has allowed just eight baserunners— a record that has stood since 1901. The 24- year-old has a 0.47 ERA in his first 19 big-league innings. His career has been off to an impressive start.