Series win over Cubs, Dbacks are up next

The Phillies did something they couldn’t do all last year, and no, it wasn’t winning the World Series, of course, it was beating the Cubs in a series. The Cubs somehow held some sort of mojo over the Phillies as it was the first time in a year that the Phils ended up winning a series over them. The Cubs had beaten the Phillies 7-times in a row, in a streak that stretched back to 2022, when the Phils were 0-6 vs the Cubbies. The Phils had a respectable 5-2 record vs. the Cubs for 2021.

Big effort in the series win goes to Bryson Stott, who came off of the bench to launch a 2-run homer that helped the Phils seal the 2-1 win.

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Great pitching by Taijuan Walker and the 399th career save by Craig Kimbrel helped carry the day for the Phils on the mound. It was a sold out crowd of 42,901 again on a Sunday at Citizens Bank Park. The home town crowd has sent home happy.

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Now the Arizona Diamondbacks come into town to face the Phils at 6:40 PM local time tonight, Zack Wheeler will be on the mound for the Phils, facing Tommy Henry (1-1 with a 5.00 ERA). Wheeler’s record is 3-3 with a 4.06 ERA so far in 2023. Zach’s last start ended in a loss over the San Francisco Giants, he pitched 6.0 innings, 9 H, and 4 ER.

The Phillies are now 22-24 on the season as they look to again get to .500 or better to start accomplishing something this season. So far, it’s been not that great in the see-saw winning and then losing streaks that we’ve seen from this year’s team so far.

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