Things have been looking up for the Phillies over the past few days. They made an extremely popular decision in firing Manager Joe Girardi, and the team is now on a three-game winning streak. After yesterday’s 10-0 drubbing of the lifeless Angels, the Phils came out of the gates hot once more on Saturday night, and pounded the Halos 7-2.
The Phillies batted around in the first inning, scoring five runs and setting the tone for a contest the Angels really had no hope of winning. J.T. Realmuto smacked three doubles, while Johan Camargo went 2-4 with two RBI. The offense slowed down after the first frame, but still pushed across two more in the eighth to slam the door on any light the Angels may have seen. Overall, the Phils piled up seven hits and seven walks against an Angels staff that has been in freefall lately.
On the mound, Zack Wheeler was lights out once again, as he tossed six marvelous innings of two-run ball, surrendering six hits and two walks. He looked just like the Cy Young-caliber hurler we witnessed last season, as he struck out nine Angels in a dominant performance. Brad Hand pitched a clean seventh inning, while Seranthony Domínguez struck out two in the eighth. Connor Brogdon finished things off with a perfect ninth, and the Phillies found themselves the winners of three straight.
It’s a much-needed boost for a beleaguered Phillies team, as their playoff hopes had been fading recently. With Interim Manager Rob Thomson at the helm, things seem to be looking up for the Phillies, and with any luck this three-game winning streak will be just the beginning of something much bigger.