After two embarrassing losses to the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Philadelphia Phillies finally fought back on Wednesday night. They beat the guards 18-2 to regain some much-needed momentum in the final month of the regular season.
Their next challenge will be the San Francisco Giants, the two of whom looked more of a threat the last time they met. When the Giants arrived at Citizens Bank Park in May, they were 26-21 and sat comfortably in third place among the wild-card teams. The Phillies are seven games under .500 and their hopes look bleak.
A lot has changed since then. The Phillies have always been one of the best teams in baseball, and the Giants have been forgotten. Right now, San Francisco is just one of the weaker opponents Philadelphia has played in the closing stages.
Game 1: Friday, 10:15pm – Apple TV+ | RHP Kyle Gibson with . RHP Alex Cobb
Suarez gave up six (two) in his final game, failing to complete the fourth inning . That’s especially disappointing considering how well he’s pitching since early June.
He’ll try to get his footing on Sunday against the Giants, but it won’t be easy. San Francisco’s southpaw has played well this season, especially over the past two months.
The Giants will fight back against their own southpaw, Carlos Rodon, who is having a Cy Young-level season. He’ll be a challenge for the Phillies, but thankfully, like the Giants, they’ve hit the southpaw very well this season.
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