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The Phillies finished the skid behind Bailey Falter and had 22 hits from the offense

PHOENIX – Hey, I agree with Bailey Falter.

This guy has spent his entire season up and down the Northeast Extension between Philadelphia and the Lehigh Valley.

He has been recalled by big clubs seven times this season. In the case of his 6th starter of a staff of 5, that is exactly the case.

My elbow hurts. Come down, Bailey.

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

double header. Hi Bailey.

Falter replaced the injured Zach Wheeler last week as they defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates. He returned to the hills Wednesday night to deliver another victory for the desperately needed Phillies team.

In the best of his 11 big league starts as the Phillies defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks, 18-2, the lanky 25-year-old lefty threw a one-run ball in six and one-third innings, leaving no hitter. did not walk , under the Big Top in downtown Phoenix.

Falter, who had five hits, including a solo home run, was probably the last inning when he was ejected with one out in the seventh inning due to a strained right groin. He said the sending off was a precautionary one and after the game Falter was fine and he wouldn’t miss any time.

With 32 games left in the season (now 31), it was pretty close to a must-win for the Phillies. It was a three-game losing streak. The wild card race was tense with both San Diego and Milwaukee winning early in the day. The bullpen needed rest.

When the Phillies got rid of the Desert Devils, a wince came. They’ve lost seven straight in Arizona through 2019, including two ugly losses on Monday and Tuesday nights when starters Ranger Suarez and Aaron Nola lit up for 14 runs total.

How did it feel to do it for a team in need?

“Absolutely brilliant,” Folter said. “We needed W tonight and that’s what we did. The at-bat was great, he did his job and gave us a chance to win.”

Pitching with family and friends in the stands in his home state of California, Falter primarily used a mix of fastballs and curveballs. His fastball isn’t a formidable pitch. He relies on his ability to command it over the barrel. He had a good Wednesday night. The pitch culminated at 94 mph and he consistently threw the first pitch strike.

The Phillies are 4-0 in Falter’s last four starts in the majors. All of them got off to a good start with 6 innings or more and 3 earned runs or less. Not bad for a guy who’s been back and forth with triple A’s.

“If you want to stay in this game, you have to adapt,” Folter said. “I have work to do and sometimes I have to punch. It’s not always going to be fair. It’s business. That’s it.”

After being hampered by Arizona right-hander Zach Garen the night before, the Phillies’ at-bat was against rookie left-hander Tommy Henry, allowing seven hits and seven runs in four innings.

The Phillies finished the night with 22 hits, a staggering 15 of 29 hits. Every Phillies starter had at least two hits. Bryce Harper, Rhys Hoskins and Brandon Marsh had three each.

“We had a good night, played a good defense and Bailey Folter stood out again,” said manager Rob Thomson.

Thursday is an off day for the Phils, who are 73-58 and dominate the second wildcard spot in the National League. They start their weekend series against the San Francisco Giants at 24 Willie Mays Plaza on Friday night. The Giants are staggering. They were swept by the Padres on Thursday, losing seven in a row, and he fell 61-68 in 11 of 13 games.

With Kyle Gibson, Noah Syndergaard and Suarez on the mound in the series, the Phillies need to take advantage of a struggling team. Arizona Nick Castellanos, who did not play in his series due to a right big toe injury, was able to return to San Francisco.

Wheeler, who is out with forearm tendonitis, pitches the bullpen session while Philadelphia stays in San Francisco. It’s the final hurdle before being activated off the injured list, which Philadelphia will pitch when they return home on Tuesday night.

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

“Whatever they decide to do with me, I’m ready,” he said. “It’s all that matters.”

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