Phillies vs. Diamondbacks: Rhys Hoskins and Kyle Schwarber lead the charge in 8th straight win

Phillies vs. Diamondbacks: Rhys Hoskins and Kyle Schwarber lead the charge in 8th straight win

Make a mistake against the Phillies now and they’ll make you pay.

The Phils won their eighth straight game on Friday night, beating the Diamondbacks 7-5 in front of 37,423 fans at Citizens Bank Park.

They seemed to put the game out of reach in the second inning, when they scored five times against D-backs ace Zac Gallen, three on Kyle Schwarber’s 16th homer of the year. But Arizona made it interesting with four runs in the seventh to briefly turn it into a one-point game.

Schwarber in his last 10 games has 6 home runs, 12 RBIs and 12 runs. His second-inning longball was preceded by a sharp ground ball by catcher Garrett Stubbs with one out and runners on the corners. The ball simply went under second baseman Ketel Marte’s glove and into right center, scoring a run and putting the runners back in the corners with one out. Had Marte gloved it properly, it could have been a late-inning double play and a completely different tone of the night.

Instead, the Phillies took a break, took full advantage, and opened the game enough to survive late stumbles from Kyle Gibson and Brad Hand.

“That’s what happens when you’re good,” said interim captain Rob Thomson, who is starting his managerial career 7-0. “When you’re not doing well, the next guy comes out, then one strikeout and you’re out of the inning. But we’ve definitely taken advantage of those situations lately.”

Rhys Hoskins, who started the scoring with a first-inning homer down center, provided crucial insurance with a solo left shot late in the seventh. Hoskins is up to 11 homers on the season. Reacting at that time was important after Arizona picked up momentum.

Connor Brogdon and Corey Knebel finished with scoreless innings.

“I feel like we’ve done it a few times in this little streak we’ve had,” Hoskins said of rallying points. “It’s huge. They kind of picked up the momentum, we got it early on but they got it late in the game. We’ve seen it before, it’s nice to come back in the game. shelter knowing that we still have the lead. The goal is to get a run, get some momentum back. Obviously the circuit gives us a bit more momentum, gets the fans back into it.

The South Philly crowd was large and boisterous. The Phillies have averaged over 36,000 fans in their last three home games and it’s been felt in the dugout.

“It’s great, it’s noticeable, we talk about it in the dugout,” Hoskins said. “You just feel the energy in the stadium, even the ambient noise is loud. It creates an advantage on the pitch, it makes the game more fun. We try to stay as loose as possible in the dugout and a It starts in largely by the energy the fans bring. I can’t wait to see what the weekend has in store for us.”

The Phillies have scored at least five points in seven of their last eight games. At 29-29, they’re back at .500 for the first time since they were 17-17. They haven’t been above .500 since going 3-2.

The Phils have worked two very good right-handers hard over the past two days. Gallen and defending NL Cy Young winner Corbin Burnes needed 179 combined throws to go six combined innings. Gallen entered with a 2.40 ERA a day after Burnes entered with a 2.50 ERA.

“They’re both hot and they both fight,” Thomson said of the top two hitters in his order, Schwarber and Hoskins. “Again tonight with Gallen, we really stretched him fast and got him out of the game. … We did a number on the starter who’s a really good pitcher.”

Gibson pitched the seventh inning. He had allowed one run on three hits in six, but put the first two men on board in the seventh and both scored on Hand, who gave up two of his own later in the inning. Hand had been unmarked in 13 consecutive appearances since May 4. Seranthony Dominguez picked up two huge outs with the tying run in goal-scoring position to end that shaky seventh, benefiting from a strike called end-of-inning that was inches wide on the outside.

Friday’s game started a 13-game streak for the Phillies against teams with losing records. They have two more with the D-backs, three at home with the Marlins, then five on the road against the Nationals and two at the Rangers.

Over the past three seasons, the Phillies have played 18 games above .500 against teams with losing records. That might sound like a success, but to put it into perspective, the Braves have 35 games over .500 against losing teams in the same span. With the second weakest remaining force on the National League schedule by opponent winning percentage, the 2022 Phillies need to do a better job against inferior teams.

Ahead of Friday’s game, interim manager Rob Thomson spoke about the need for the Phils to treat these clubs the same way they treated their opponents last month when they went 23 of 26 against teams from over .500 and went 14-12.

“You have to be careful because these are major league teams and anybody can beat anybody any night,” Thomson said. “That will kind of be our message at our upcoming pre-meeting. You have to go out and play the same way you played against the Milwaukees of the world.

“High energy, I really liked the energy level, the offensive approach, the way we play defense, the way we throw. We just have to maintain that and stay consistent. It doesn’t matter who you’ I’m playing .”

A victory on Saturday afternoon would give the Phillies a third straight series victory and their longest winning streak since 2011. They are loving their chances with Zack Wheeler, who has allowed eight earned runs in his last seven starts, returning from paternity leave and on the mound.

With a win on Saturday, Thomson would tie Pat Moran in 1915 for the most consecutive wins to start a managerial tenure with the Phillies.

“He’s pushing all the right buttons right now, he’s keeping us as loose as possible,” Hoskins said. “I think we’re seeing a very good product on the pitch, we’re playing a very good ball at the moment.”

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