Phillies show fight, open June with small ball, big ball and comeback win

Phillies show fight, open June with small ball, big ball and comeback win

The Phillies opened June with a new face in the roster and, dare we say, a bit of a fight in the way they do business.

Nick Maton, called up from Triple A earlier in the day to replace injured second baseman Jean Segura, hit a two-run homer to speed up the four-run, sixth-inning rally the Phillies used to beat the Giants of San Francisco, 6-5, at Citizens Bank Park Wednesday night.

Moments after Maton’s big hit, Kyle Schwarber homered two runs to give the Phillies the lead and pull Aaron Nola off the hook after hitting a wall at the top of the inning and giving up five runs.

The win, which ended a five-game losing streak, saved the Phillies from being swept in a second straight series. They remain a country mile behind the first-place Mets in Eastern Newfoundland, but it could be worse. The Mets won their sixth straight game on Wednesday. If the Phillies had lost, the deficit would have grown to 13½ games. Instead, he stayed at 12 ½.

How badly did the Phils need this win?

“Well, I think we needed a win before today, but yeah, we really needed it,” manager Joe Girardi said. “It’s a great way to kick off a rest day.”

The Phils won without Bryce Harper, who suffered a right forearm injury. Girardi said the pain didn’t appear to be related to Harper’s torn elbow ligament.

“Our hope is that with a good day of treatment he will be back on Friday,” Girardi said.

The Phillies are inactive Thursday before hosting Mike Trout, Shoei Ohtani and the Los Angeles Angels Friday night.

After going 10-18 in May, the Phils opened the new month with 10 hits, including homers from Maton and Schwarber. It was the first time the Phils had hit two homers in the same inning since May 14.

The Phils did their damage in the sixth against southpaw Jarlin Garcia, who had held left-handed hitters to a .154 batting average (19 for 123) and one homer since the start of 2021.

Odubel Herrera, Bryson Stott, Maton and Schwarber, all left-handed hitters, had hits against Garcia in the inning. Maton’s and Schwarber’s put twisted numbers on the scoreboard.

Schwarber’s homer came on a 3-0 pitch.

Why did Girardi give it the green light?

“Because it’s Kyle Schwarber,” the manager said.

Schwarber was determined to take a tear if he got a strike.

“I got the nod the other day against this guy and took it,” Schwarber said. “That’s all I could think of. “If it’s there, I don’t take it.”

“It was good to hit that and get some points there. The bullpen closed it and here we are with a win.

In addition to the two long balls, the Phils played a short ball – three singles and a stolen base for a run in the second inning and a successful safety squeeze by Maton in the fourth after Herrera survived a fling on the bases. Maton finished with three RBIs. Stott had two hits and scored two runs.

“The young guys did a really good job tonight,” Schwarber said. “Maton with the home runs and the bunt was a big play. Stott had some big hits. They played good defense. I think they deserve a lot of credit. They haven’t been overwhelmed yet.

Maton could have a chance to stay with Segura for up to 12 weeks.

“If I’m in the lineup, I’ll do whatever I can to help the team,” Maton said.

Nola had a mystifying exit. He gave up a brace to open the game, then gave up 15 straight and went into the sixth inning with a 2-0 lead.

Nola passed out under the weight of a two-hit series and was tagged for five runs in the inning.

Donovan Walton doubled on a 2-2 change, Jason Vosler doubled on a 2-2 curveball and Tommy LaStella doubled on a 1-2 fastball. This shot tied the score. Nola then hit Mike Yastrzemski with a 2-2 pitch and Wilmer Flores followed with a three-run homer on an 0-1 curveball to make it 5-2, Giants.

It was clear that Girardi was working with a small enclosure. As Nola faltered, he didn’t get a reliever in the bullpen until after Flores’ home run. Nola was able to pull himself together after the home run and get three outs. He came in sixth with just 59 pitches and needed 32 to end the inning.

“I had fast starts and fast runs, I put in five zeros,” Nola said. “In the sixth, I made some bad two-strikes.”

Nola would have been in line for the loss had his teammates not rallied late in the sixth. Instead, he picked up the win – courtesy of offense and shutouts from Cristopher Sanchez, Brad Hand and Corey Knebel.

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