Cincinnati – This is how a front office prepares it when it comes to adding talent on business deadlines.
Three of the Phillies’ recent additions did well in a crucial 4-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on Monday night.
Noah Syndergaard played a seven plus innings off the ball of three runs and not a single batsman could run.
David Robertson got three big outs after a one-run game by the Reds and things went awry in the eighth.
And Edmondo Sosa was the offensive and defensive star of the game, with three RBIs and two eye-catching plays behind Syndergaard at third base.
“All of those guys played well,” said manager Rob Thomson. “Sindergaard, his stuff keeps getting better. He threw all kinds of strikes. Robertson was tremendous. He’s been in all those big moments, the playoffs, the World Series. When you have a guy like that, it just calms everyone down.” Lets. And Sosa made some great drama.”
Syndergaard and Robertson were both acquired by the Phillies a few hours before the trade deadline of August 2. Sosa came to a deal with St. Louis a few days ago. The Phillies targeted him as a utility infielder who could play a strong defense off the bench in the late game or on a spot start.
Looking to get as many right-handers into the lineup against Cincinnati lefty Mike Minor, Thomson used Alec Bohm as the designated hitter and played Sosa in third. The move paid off both offensively and defensively.
Sosa had a two-run single in the third innings and an RBI double in the fifth. Both hits came against Minor.
All four runs for the Phillies came with two outs.
The win improved the Phillies to 64-51 and put them back on track after being closed for two consecutive days by the Mets in New York. The Phils are in control of the second NL wild-card spot, half a game on San Diego.
Syndergaard, who made 15 starts with the Angels before being acquired for Mickey Moniac and minor-league outfielder Jadil Sanchez, is now 2–0 in three starts with the Phillies, and most importantly, the club has been victorious in all three. .
“It’s a wonderful feeling,” said Syndergaard. “It’s great to be a part of this team and I look forward to the journey.”
Syndergaard missed the 2020 season and most of the 2021 season due to an elbow injury that required surgery from Tommy John. He signed with the Angels in November and that club gave him extra time between starts as he continued his recovery.
Monday night’s start against the Reds marked the first time this season that the right-handed batsman took the pitch with four days’ rest. He liked this. There were no issues. He shone.
The economy of Syndergaard’s pitches was excellent. He scored only 71 runs in seven innings and made 58 strikes. He allowed two runs in the second innings and a leadoff homer in the bottom of the eighth before Thomson passed to Robertson. Seranthani Dominguez finished ninth and made the save.
Syndergaard ended his outing with just 77 pitches. He bowled only 16 balls. He scattered eight hits and hit six. He threw first pitch strikes for 24 of the 28 hitters.
“It’s the most important part of winning the fight with the hitter, getting ahead and staying ahead,” he said. “When I was 17 a scout came to my house and asked me what was the most important pitch in baseball. I said, ‘Fastball? Changeup?’ He said, ‘No, strike 1.’ So that’s something I’m proud of.”
Syndergaard is loving life as a Philly. He was quickly joined by pitching coaches Caleb Kotham and Brian Kaplan. Syndergaard masquerades as an angel with his delivery. He believes he was trying to rebuild himself after surgery. Kotham and Kaplan convinced him to make the delivery easier. Syndergaard loves the results.
“Pick up (left leg) and go, let my athleticism take over and don’t make it any harder than this,” he said of his delivery tweak. “The progress I’ve made in the two rotation turns with Caleb and Cup has been amazing. I haven’t had much faith on the mound this year and it shows in my stuff and ability to pitch.”
Minor, who debuted for Cincinnati, is a pitcher who had been associated with the Phillies for years as a potential trade or free-agent target. The 34-year-old lefty entered the game with a 6.24 ERA in 12 starts and it was a welcome sight for the Phillies, who had faced some subtle ERAs in their last five games.
Down the order, the Phillies faced Sandy Alcantara (2.01), Edward Cabrera (2.05), Max Scherzer (1.93), Jacob deGrom (1.62) and Chris Bassett (3.27) in their last five matches. They lost three of those games, all by shutouts.
The Phils scored three two-out runs against Minor in the third innings. Nick Castellanos knocks in one and Sosa delivers to the other.
After two straight shutouts in New York, the rally was like taking a load off the rack of the bat. The Phillies will look to score two consecutive runs on the Reds behind Kyle Gibson on Tuesday night.
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