The Philadelphia Phillies got out of the Windy City (emphasis on that this week) with a series win over the Chicago White Sox as they took two out of three games. Taijuan Walker turned in his second straight winning outing while going six innings, the last being in an 8-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds. On top of those 6-1/3 quality innings, Walker allowed five hits, two runs, struck out three, and walked two.
The bullpen came in and shut the door on Chicago’s hopes of winning this game. In 2.2 innings pitched, the bullpen allowed one hit and struck out two. Gregory Soto and Craig Kimbrel each recorded their third holds of the season and Jose Alvarado tallied his second save.
The offense was largely carried by two table-setting middle infielders in Bryson Stott and Trea Turner. Stott continued his strong start to the season in Wednesday’s day game. The second-year player went 2-for-5, which included his seventh double on the season, drove in one run, and scored another. Turner came to the offense’s rescue in this game as he went for 3-for-5, only a triple shy of the cycle. Turner hit his first home run of the season on Wednesday, a first-inning homer off White Sox pitcher Mike Clevinger. Also, Turner continued his impact on the basepaths stealing his fourth bag of the year.
The Phillies head back to ‘The Bank’ to face off with the Colorado Rockies in a four-game series starting tonight. The Phillies are rolling out Matt Strahm (1-1, 2.13 ERA) and the Rockies are tapping Ryan Feltner to start (0-2, 8.78 ERA) the game.
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The Phillies have some encouraging news on the injury front. Bryce Harper and Ranger Suarez faced off against each other for live batting practice. Then the Phillies have some negative injury news regarding utility man Edmundo Sosa. Sosa is dealing with back soreness and has not played since last Saturday. Per the last update on his status, top prospect Andrew Painter is playing catch-down in Florida.
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In other MLB news, New York Mets starting pitcher Max Scherzer was ejected for violating the ‘sticky stuff’ policy set by Major League Baseball during the 2021 season. According to crew chief Phil Cuzzi, Scherzer’s hands and glove were too sticky. Scherzer was quite enraged by the decision by Cuzzi. This is not the first memorable moment between the umpires, the sticky stuff, and Max Scherzer. Remember that moment? It happened against the Phillies.
The San Diego Padres’ controversial superstar Fernando Tatis Jr. is set to return to the Padres lineup on Thursday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Tatis returning after completing his 80-game PED suspension and hasn’t played an MLB since the 2021 season. Tatis’ transition back to playing with the Padres shouldn’t be too difficult as he’s joining an already stacked lineup that includes Juan Soto, Xander Bogaerts, and Jake Cronenworth.