The Phillies opened a crucial three-game set against the Mets in New York on Friday, and snuck out a win. Red-hot Alec Bohm provided the only offense, while lefty Ranger Suárez continued his recent run of solid pitching. In a series that will pit the Phillies against both Max Scherzer and Jacob deGrom, it’s a pivotal win to start things off.
Bohm has been terrific for the Phillies lately, posting an OPS over 1.000 for the month of July, and coming up with key hits routinely. He did much the same on Friday night, notching an RBI single in the top of the first, and driving in the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the tenth. Other than that, the Kyle Schwarber-less offense didn’t do much aside from three hits from Bryson Stott in the leadoff spot, and a pair from Nick Castellanos.
It was all pitching in this one, as Suárez matched the future Hall of Famer Scherzer pitch for pitch. All told, the 26-year-old twirled 7.0 brilliant innings of one run work, fanning four Mets and allowing only three hits and two walks. Unfortunately, he was stuck with a no-decision as he left with the game tied. The reinvented José Alvarado pitched a scoreless eighth, while Seranthony Domínguez earned his sixth win of the season with a scoreless ninth. Recent trade acquisition David Robertson slammed the door in the bottom of the tenth, earning his second save in a Phillies uniform this year.
Friday’s nailbiter was a key win for a scorching hot Phillies squad, sneaking out a win against one of the greatest pitchers of our generation. They’ll have a similar test tomorrow night, as Aaron Nola looks to secure the series win against two-time Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom.