MLB Wild Card: Phillies trade deadline pickups shine in win over Reds – NBC Sports Philadelphia

MLB Wild Card: Phillies trade deadline pickups shine in win over Reds - NBC Sports Philadelphia

CINCINNATI — This is how a front office designs it when it adds talent at the trade deadline.

Three of the Phillies’ recent additions delivered beautifully in an important 4-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on Monday night.

Noah Syndergaard pitched seven-plus innings of three-run ball and did not walk a batter.

David Robertson got three huge outs after the Reds made it a one-run game and things got nervy in the eighth.

And Edmundo Sosa was the offensive and defensive star of the game with three RBIs and two eye-popping plays behind Syndergaard at third base.

“All those guys played well,” manager Rob Thomson said. “Syndergaard, his stuff just keeps getting better. He threw all kinds of strikes. Robertson was tremendous. He was in all those big moments, playoffs, World Series. When you have a guy like that, it calms everybody down. And Sosa made some. tremendous plays.”

Syndergaard and Robertson were both acquired by the Phillies hours before the Aug. 2 trade deadline. Sosa came a few days earlier in an agreement with St. The Phillies targeted him as a utility infielder who could play strong defense off the bench late in games or in spot starts.

Looking to get as many right-handed bats in the lineup as possible against Cincinnati lefty Mike Minor, Thomson used Alec Bohm as the designated hitter and played Sosa at third. The move paid off offensively and defensively.

Sosa had a two-run single in the third inning and an RBI double in the fifth. Both hits came against Minor.

All four of the Phillies’ runs came with two outs.

The victory improved the Phillies to 64-51 and got them back on track after being shut out two days in a row by the Mets in New York. The Phils are in control of the second NL wild card spot, a half-game up on San Diego.

Syndergaard, who made 15 starts with the Angels before being acquired for Mickey Moniak and minor league outfielder Jadiel Sanchez, is now 2-0 in three starts with the Phillies, and most importantly, the club has been victorious in all three.

“It’s an amazing feeling,” Syndergaard said. “It’s amazing to be a part of this team and I’m looking forward to the journey.”

Syndergaard missed the 2020 season and most of the 2021 season due to an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery. 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-hander has pitched on four days’ rest. He liked it. There were no problems. He was shining.

Syndergaard’s economy of pitches was excellent. He threw just 71 in going seven innings and 58 were strikes. He allowed two runs in the second inning and a leadoff home run in the bottom of the eighth before Thomson walked Robertson. Seranthony Dominguez pitched the ninth and got the save.

Syndergaard finished his outing with just 77 pitches. He threw only 16 balls. He scattered eight hits and struck out six. He threw a first-pitch strike to 24 of 28 batters.

“That’s the most important part of winning the battle with the batter, getting ahead and staying ahead,” he said. “A scout came to my house when I was 17 and asked me what the most important pitch in baseball was. I said, “Fastball? Change?” He said, ‘No, hit 1.’ So that’s something I’m proud of.”

Syndergaard loves life as a Phillie. He quickly connected with pitching coaches Caleb Cotham and Brian Kaplan. Syndergaard touched his delivery like an Angel. He believes he tried to reinvent himself post-surgery. Cotham and Kaplan convinced him to simplify the delivery. Syndergaard likes the results.

“Get (the left leg) up and go, let my athleticism take over and don’t make it more difficult than it is,” he said of his delivery tweak. “The strides I’ve made in two rotations with Caleb and Kap have been amazing. I’ve never had more confidence on the mound this year and it shows in my stuff and ability to make pitches.”

Minor, who started for Cincinnati, is a pitcher who has been linked to the Phillies for years as a possible trade or free agent target. The 34-year-old lefty entered the game with a 6.24 ERA in 12 starts and that was a welcome sight for the Phillies, who faced some microscopic ERAs in their previous five games.

In order, the Phillies faced Sandy Alcantara (2.01), Edward Cabrera (2.05), Max Scherzer (1.93), Jacob deGrom (1.62) and Chris Bassitt (3.27) in their previous five games. They lost three of those games, all by shutout.

The Phils rallied for three two-out runs against Minor in the third inning. Nick Castellanos knocked in one and Sosa delivered the other two.

After two straight shutouts in New York, the rally was like a load being lifted off the batting track. The Phillies will look to make it two in a row over the Reds behind Kyle Gibson on Tuesday night.

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