Phillies end up sliding behind Bailey Falter and 22 hits from the offense – NBC Sports

Phillies end up sliding behind Bailey Falter and 22 hits from the offense - NBC Sports

PHOENIX – Hey, how’s a thumbs up for Bailey Falter?

The guy spent the season riding up and down the Northeast Stretch between Philadelphia and Lehigh Valley, big league one day, minor league the next.

He has been recalled by the big club seven times this season. That’s just how it is when you’re the sixth starter on a five-man staff.

A sore elbow. Come on down, Bailey.

Someone needs an extra day. You know the way, Bailey.

Double head. Oh, Bailey.

Staggered filled in for an injured Zack Wheeler last week and beat the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was back on the mound Wednesday night and delivered another win for a Phillies team that desperately needed one.

In the best of his 11 big league starts, the lanky, 25-year-old left-hander threw 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball and didn’t walk a batter as the Phillies hammered the Arizona Diamondbacks, 18-2. , under the main peak in downtown Phoenix.

Falter, who scattered five hits, including a solo homer, was likely in his last inning of work when he left the game with one out in the seventh because of a right groin strain. The exit was precautionary, and after the game, Falter said he was fine and would not miss time.

With 32 games (now 31) to go in the season, this was pretty close to a must win for the Phillies. They have lost three straight. The wild card race tightened up with San Diego and Milwaukee both winning earlier in the day. The Phillies starting pitching was not good the previous three days. The bullpen needed some rest.

Staggered came through as the Phillies exorcised some desert demons. They’ve lost seven in a row in Arizona since 2019, including a pair of ugly defeats Monday and Tuesday night when starting pitchers Ranger Suarez and Aaron Nola were lit up for a combined 14 runs.

What did it feel like to go through for a team in need?

“Absolutely amazing,” Falter said. “We needed the W tonight and that’s what we did. The bats were fantastic and I did my job, gave us a chance to win.”

Pitching with family and friends in the stands of his home state of California, Falter used mostly a fastball-curveball mix. His fastball is not an overwhelming pitch. He relies on the ability to command it over barrels. He had a good Wednesday night. The pitch topped out at 94 mph and he consistently threw first-pitch strikes.

The Phillies are 4-0 in Falter’s last four starts in the majors. All were quality starts of six or more innings and three or fewer earned runs. Not bad for a guy who commuted back and forth to Triple A.

“You have to adapt if you want to stay in this game,” Falter said. “I have a job to do and you have to roll with the punches sometimes. It won’t always be fair. It’s a business. That’s all.”

After being stymied by Arizona righty Zac Gallen the night before, the Phillies bats came alive against rookie lefty Tommy Henry, who gave up seven hits and seven runs in four innings.

The Phillies finished the night with 22 hits and were an astonishing 15 for 29 with runners in scoring position. Every Phillies starter had at least two hits. Bryce Harper, Rhys Hoskins and Brandon Marsh had three each.

“We had a good offensive night, played good defense and Bailey Falter was outstanding again,” manager Rob Thomson said.

Thursday is an off day for the Phils, who are 73-58 and in control of the second National League wild card spot. They open a weekend series against the San Francisco Giants at 24 Willie Mays Plaza on Friday night. The giants are swinging. They were swept by the Padres on Thursday and have lost seven straight and 11 of 13 to fall to 61-68.

The Phillies, who will send Kyle Gibson, Noah Syndergaard and Suarez to the mound in the series, must utilize a struggling team. Nick Castellanos, who did not play in the Arizona series due to an injury to his right big toe, was able to return in San Francisco.

During the Phils stay in San Francisco, Wheeler, who has been sidelined with forearm tendinitis, will throw a bullpen session, his last hurdle before being activated from the injured list and pitching when the Phils return home Tuesday night.

It’s unclear what Wheeler’s return will mean for Falter. A trip to the bullpen? Or another trip back up the Northeast Extension?

“No matter what they decide to do with me, I’ll be ready,” he said. “That’s all that matters.”

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