Phillies vs. Angels: Zack Wheeler, JT Realmuto help Rob Thomson to another win

Early runs, shutdown innings, solid defense, quiet relief, late insurance… wherever he is, Joe Girardi must be thinking, “Really?”

The Phillies offense jumped an Angels starting pitcher for the second night in a row, scoring five runs in the first inning in a 7-2 win.

Rob Thomson is 2-0 as interim skipper since he took over from Girardi, who was sacked Friday morning. Thomson kicks off his tenure with a series win over a faltering Angels team that have lost 10 in a row.

The Phillies are 24-29 after three straight wins. They have surpassed the Angels 17-2 in the past two nights.

“Yesterday was clearly a weird day,” Rhys Hoskins said during an in-game interview on FOX. “The business of baseball shows up every now and then, but it’s cool to see the guys get on the field and play the game.

“We’re lucky some of us have been with Rob Thomson for a few years now and there’s a lot of exposure. It has to be business as usual. I think that’s the nature of the baseball season, it’s a day in and day out, unfortunately the game continues.

“Business as usual and let’s go win some baseball games.”

The tone was immediately set by Kyle Schwarber, who nearly homered on the first pitch of the bottom of the first inning for the second game in a row. He crushed one into right field that a fan reached over the wall to interfere, resulting in a double.

Schwarber is locked up and this is an example of how he can be a catalyst as an unconventional leadoff man. In his last five games, he is 7 for 18 with four home runs, a double and five walks.

The Phillies were not fooled by Michael Lorenzen, who came in with a 3.19 ERA. Eight of the first 10 batters reached base with four walks. JT Realmuto and Johan Camargo rode in two with a double and a single.

Camargo’s two-out hit was huge. As prolific as the Phillies’s first inning was, it could have given the Angels some momentum if they escaped by knocking out Camargo and allowing just two runs, especially with the way Lorenzen set himself up to finish five scoreless frames after that. fire. Camargo was behind in the count with the bases loaded before filling it up and hitting a single. It extended the inning for Mickey Moniak, who drove in the fifth run with an infield hit.

Camargo later added another big hit, a two-run single in the eighth that gave the Phillies more breathing room and allowed them to use Connor Brogdon in the ninth inning instead of closer Corey Knebel.

“I’ve worked hard so it’s really good to finally see results,” said Camargo, who will only become more important for the rest of the season with Jean Segura sidelined for three months with a broken finger.

Realmuto doubled three times, a career high. In his last 11 games, he is 14 for 35 (.400) with five doubles, a triple, a homer and 9 RBI. He had a good game on both sides and also threw out Shohei Ohtani who tried to steal on the right field, an 81 mph curveball in the first inning. Realmuto has kicked out 9 of the 18 potential base stealers and leads the majors by 50 percent.

Zack Wheeler, May’s National League Pitcher of the Month, took his fourth win. He struckout nine batters, all on fastballs, including Mike Trout twice. Trout is 0 for 8 in the series and hitless in his last 23 at bats, the longest stretch of his career.

Despite the strong line (6 IP, 2 ER), Wheeler wasn’t quite at his sharpest, hitting in each of the first five innings and putting several men on base in three of the six. The biggest inning was the fifth, when the Angels topped the rankings for the third time after Lorenzen eliminated 10 of the 11 Phillies. Alec Bohm started the inning with a clutch play, dove to the right and made a precise throw to the first to eliminate Matt Duffy. It was a crucial moment for Ohtani and Forel. Wheeler gave up a run in the inning, but that was it, thanks to his success vs. Trout and Bohm’s action.

“Just a great game,” Thomson said. “He dove, had the presence and poise to throw a strike to first base. That was a big move to keep him off first base with those guys coming up.”

Bohm had an eventful night. After taking a strike in his first AB, he took it out on the bat rack and was bloodied to the neck when a piece of the bat bounced off and cut him. He stayed in the game and just missed a two-run home run, the next time he came on, he flew 401 feet to Trout in the middle.

“Guys get frustrated,” Thomson said. “That’s a situation where you don’t want a guy to get hurt, but guys do get frustrated and hit the bat rack every now and then.”

Brad Hand and Seranthony Dominguez each pitched a scoreless inning in relief. The hand’s ERA has fallen to 1.13 in 23 appearances and he hasn’t scored since May 4. Dominguez has not scored since May 3.

The Phillies go for the sweep at 1:35 on Sunday afternoon. Kyle Gibson (3-2, 3.83) takes on underrated southpaw Patrick Sandoval (3-1, 2.70), the most consistent arm in the Angels’ rotation right now.

“We are happy, but we have to keep our emotions in check,” Camargo said of the three-game winning streak. “It’s just the beginning. We have to keep fighting and work hard because we know we are a good club.”

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