The Philadelphia Phillies showed that they are not to be underestimated, following up three tough losses with a spectacular win against reigning NL Cy Young winner Sandy Alcantara and the Miami Marlins. The Phillies batted around in the third and fifth innings, cruising to a 15-3 victory with a season-high 20 hits. Bryson Stott, who extended his hitting streak to a career-high 10 games, and Trea Turner played a major role in getting the baseball rolling. Stott had two hits, with Turner driving him home with a base hit in typical Philly fashion, leading to the Phillies scoring four times.
Manager Rob Thomson also made some significant changes, moving Stott to leadoff, dropping Turner to second and Kyle Schwarber to third. The decision paid off, and Thomson was pleased with Stott’s good night, remarking, “Getting him up there and getting him on base in front of Turner and J.T. and Schwarber and (Nick) Castellanos and (Alec) Bohm really lengthens the lineup. And gives us two guys at the top who can get on base and steal bases, creating havoc.”
Bohm had three hits, including a three-run homer in the sixth, and six RBI, a great sign for the Phillies who are searching for power after losing Bryce Harper for at least two months following his Tommy John elbow surgery and Rhys Hoskins for the regular season with a torn ACL.
Overall, almost everyone in the Phillies’ lineup had a big night, including Castellanos, who had his first three-hit game of the season, four RBI, and scored three runs before being ejected by home plate umpire John Libka for questioning a called third strike in the seventh. Schwarber had a walk, a single, and a double and also scored three times, while Marsh had a homer and two doubles, hitting .385.
It seems like the Phillies are finally finding their stride and with plenty of firepower in their talented lineup, they are ones to look out for throughout the rest of the 2022 season.
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