Edmundo Sosa steals the show as Phillies beat Marlins again

Edmundo Sosa steals the show as Phillies beat Marlins again

How about that for an encore?

The Phillies beat the Miami Marlins for a second straight night on Wednesday behind much of the same cast of characters who scored Tuesday night’s victory.

Edmundo Sosa and Jean Segura, two of the stars of Tuesday night’s win, had all the points in Wednesday’s 4-3 win, and receiver JT Realmuto was a defensive star again, knocking down a potential base stealer. late in a tight game and running a country mile to trap a popup in front of the visiting dugout with the game on the line in the ninth.

The night after Aaron Nola threw 6⅔ innings on a run, Bailey Falter made another solid start in place of the injured Zack Wheeler and earned praise from manager Rob Thomson after the game.

“It’s been a godsend,” Thomson said.

The victory, ahead of just 17,755 at Citizens Bank Park, took the Phillies to 75-61 and 10-5 against the Marlins this season. Miami has lost nine in a row.

In the National League Wildcard standings, the Phils maintained their hold on second place and increased their lead over Milwaukee to four games with 26 remaining. It’s a three-team race between the Phillies, San Diego Padres and Brewers for second and third wildcard spots. The brewers are currently outside and looking inside.

With left-hander Jesus Luzardo on the mound Tuesday night, Thomson threw Sosa at shortstop in place of left-handed hitter Bryson Stott. Sosa responded with a home run, a brace, two runs scored and some defensive gems on the field.

The Phils faced another southpaw in Trevor Rogers on Wednesday. Thomson played a hunch and went straight back to the right-hitting Sosa.

“Going into the show, I was thinking of playing him on night one and Stott on night two, but Sosa’s night was so good (Tuesday) that I just couldn’t keep him from coming in,” Thomson said.

The utilitarian infielder rewarded the Skipper’s confidence with his second homer in as many nights, and just his second of the season, incidentally, a two-run shot in the third inning. Sosa added an RBI brace in the seventh. It wasn’t your classic brace when the ball ricocheted off pitcher Huascar’s Brazoban glove and rolled into right field, but who’s complaining? (For the record, Stott will return Thursday night against right-hander Sandy Alcantara.)

A night after stroking an emotional winner, Segura continued to produce with a solo homer down the left field line in the fourth inning.

The Phils played outstanding defense. Kyle Schwarber and Matt Vierling made big plays in the corners of the outfield. First baseman Rhys Hoskins and Falter teamed up on a gem for the first out of the sixth and Realmuto, which knocked out its 23rd and 24th potential base stealers of the season on Tuesday – one of them top of the ninth – downed another to complete a strike-and-return double play in the seventh. Andrew Bellatti got the strikeout, Realmuto made the pitch, and Sosa finished it all off with a nice tag play.

Bellatti recorded five significant strikeouts, including three by strikeout. Jose Alvarado and Connor Brogdon closed it out while David Robertson got a well deserved night off.

Brogdon inherited a two-run lead in the ninth and allowed a solo home run and a hit as things got a little tense. He received an assist from Realmuto for the second out of the set.

Closer Seranthony Dominguez will pitch an inning for Lehigh Valley at minor league rehab on Thursday. He can’t come back fast enough for this paddock. Zach Eflin can also help. He will kick off in Lehigh Valley on Friday.

Falter pitched 5⅓ innings with no walk and allowed two runs. It has been a great utility for outgoing staff. The team is 5-0 in its last five starts, the last three of which replaced Wheeler.

Falter, a 25-year-old southpaw, is having fun contributing to a playoff run.

“It’s absolutely amazing,” he said. “I have a job to do here. I’ve been sent a few times, I’ve been here a few times. Let’s throw some throws and win some ball games. That’s all it is.”

It’s unclear when Wheeler will return to the rotation, but it won’t be until Tuesday night when Falter faces the Marlins again in Miami.

Falter proved invaluable and could contribute even after Wheeler returns. The Phillies’ rotation has shown signs of fatigue and Falter could be a complementary option if the team wants to watch a starter’s innings.

The Phils will be looking for a Thursday night sweep behind Kyle Gibson.

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