Phillies Final: The Losing Streak is Ovah! Phils’, Kyle Schwarber Defeat Boston in Series Finale

May 7, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Kyle Schwarber (12) rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run against the Boston Red Sox in the sixth inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Phillies stopped the bleeding on Sunday afternoon defeating the Boston Red Sox, 6-1, to end a six-game losing skid. 

Kyle Schwarber had his best game in weeks, breaking an 0-for-21 streak in the 4th inning with an RBI single.  He followed in the 6th with a 434-foot, upper deck “Schwarbomb” to extend the Phillies lead to 4-1.  

Phils’ starting pitcher Taijuan Walker also had his best game in weeks.  The righty issued no walks over 6-innings and only allowed one run while striking out six Sox.  The Phillies bullpen settled down with Jose Alvarado throwing a scoreless inning and Matt Strahm earning a two-inning save against his former team.  

Here’s a closer look at how they scored, stats and facts from the game, and what’s on deck for the Phillies. 

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World Series Game 5: Astros Edge Phillies 3-2, Take 3-2 Series Lead

The Houston Astros defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 on Thursday night to take a 3-2 series lead. The World Series will shift back to Houston on Saturday night with the Phillies facing elimination.

Houston took a 1-0 lead two batters into the game when Jeremy Peña drove in Jose Altuve with a single off Noah Syndergaard. Syndergaard was able to hold the Astros to the one run in the inning.

Philadelphia punched back when Kyle Schwarber homered off Justin Verlander to lead off the Phillies half of the inning.

That would be all the Phillies could muster until the 8th.

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“I Really Don’t Give a Shit.” Phillies Turn the Page on World Series Game 4

In the course of 48-hours the Philadelphia Phillies ended up on the opposite ends of history.  The Fightin’s offensive performance in World Series Game 3 –five home runs– was record breaking, so it was only natural the Phillies would be no-hit a day later.  In fact, for anyone following the 2022 Phillies, Wednesday’s performance is very “on brand” for the club. 

What’s also on brand, and it should be comforting for Phillies fans, was the response from Phils team leader Kyle Schwarber.

Kyle Schwarber postgame, via NBC Sports Philadelphia
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World Series Game 3: Phillies Blast Astros into Orbit, Win 7-0

The Philadelphia Phillies used the long ball —five of them to be exact— en route to a 7-0 shellacking of the Houston Astros in World Series Game 3. The win gives the Fightin’s a 2-1 series lead and puts them two wins away from a World Championship.

Bryce Harper got the party started for the Phillies in the bottom of the 1st inning depositing a Lance McCullers Jr., pitch deep into the right field seats for a 2-run home run. From there the hit parade was on.

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World Series Game 3: Lance McCullers Jr. vs. Noah Syndergaard

Postponed due to rain. Game 3 will now take place Tuesday, November 1.

The Houston Astros scored 5-runs against Philadelphia Phillies starter Zack Wheeler to take Game 2 by a score of 5-2. The ‘Stros win tied the World Series at one game a piece. The series now shifts to Philadelphia for the next three.

The Phillies will send Noah Syndergaard to the mound against Houston’s Lance McCullers Jr. First pitch is set for 8:03 PM/Eastern however weather could be an issue on Monday night.

  • Date: October 31, 2022
  • Where: Citizens Bank Park —Philadelphia, PA
  • When: 8:03 PM/Eastern
  • TV: Fox, Fox Sports App —with Joe Davis and John Smoltz
  • Radio: SportsRadio 94WIP and the Phillies Radio Network — with Scott Franzke, Larry Andersen, and Tom McCarthy
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Three Phillies Selected as Silver Slugger Finalists

Three Philadelphia Phillies have been selected as finalists for the Louisville Silver Slugger Award, Major League Baseball announced on Thursday.  Outfielder Kyle Schwarber, catcher J.T. Realmuto, and designated Bryce Harper are the Phils that made the cut.  

The Silver Slugger Award is decided by four voters from each team, the manager and three coaches.  The criteria for the award is a combination of offensive statistics and the “general impression of the players’ offensive value.” 

Let’s start with the returning winners, Harper and Realmuto have both won the award twice.  Harper in 2015 as a member of the Washington Nationals and last season with the Phillies. Realmuto won the award in back-to-back years, 2018 and 2019.  Both players have some stiff competition to beat to earn the hardware.  

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NLCS Game 1: Wheeler, Harper, and Schwarber Lead the Phillies to Victory

The Philadelphia Phillies —led by Zack Wheeler, Bryce Harper, and Kyle Schwarber—defeated the San Diego Padres 2-0 on Tuesday night to take a 1-0 Series lead.

Wheeler was dominant again. The Phils’ ace threw 7-innings of one hit, no run baseball. Outside of a 24-pitch first where he issued a walk, Wheeler cruised striking out eight to earn the win.

Harper got the Phillies on the board with a solo home run off of Padres starter Yu Darvish in the 4th. It was Harper’s third consecutive game with a home run. The Phils’ DH is now batting .407 with 4 HR and 7 RBI this postseason.

He’s locked in.

Schwarber added the Phillies second run on a home run that is somewhere on the way to South Philadelphia. The ball was utterly destroyed.

Schwarber was 2-for-3 on the night and is showing signs of coming out of his slump.

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