The Phillies stuck it to Sandy Alcantara once again, as Nick Maton and Bailey Falter were able to hand the Cy Young contender a tough luck 2-1 loss. It’s the fourth win in a row for the Phils, and their sixth win in their last seven games, giving them a much needed boost after a disastrous road trip.
Overall, Phillies hitters weren’t able to capitalize against Alcantara, racking up eight hits and a walk against him, but only scoring two runs. Both runs came from a seventh inning homer from youngster Nick Maton, who has continued to perform in a super utility role. The 25-year-old has posted a bananas 1.073 OPS this season, and has tagged Alcantara twice this season.
On the mound, southpaw Bailey Falter was outstanding once again, twirling 6.0 gorgeous innings of one-run ball, surrendering only four hits and walking none, while punching out four Marlins. José Alvarado, Seranthony Domínguez and David Robertson each tossed perfect frames to finish things off, and the Phillies started off their last trip to Miami for the year in style.
After looking completely overmatched less than two weeks ago in Arizona and San Francisco, the Phils have righted this ship in a hurry, and look primed to cruise into the playoffs with the second wildcard spot. They currently sit 1.5 games ahead of the San Diego Padres for the second spot, and have been playing an excellent brand of baseball of late.
Tomorrow Kyle Gibson will square off against young right-hander Edward Cabrera, while Noah Syndergaard will go head-to-head with the struggling Pablo López on Thursday night. After this series, the Phillies will head to Atlanta to take on the surging Braves. Hopefully they’ll have more stellar performances from Maton, Falter and the rest of the squad.