MLB Baseball

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Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Philadelphia2 0 0 0 5 1 0 0 0 8180
Pittsburgh0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 290
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  W: A. Nola (7-8)   L: J. Brubaker (2-9)
10:35 AM PT11:35 AM MT12:35 PM CT1:35 PM ET13:35 ET17:35 GMT1:35 10:35 AM MST12:35 PM EST1:05 PM VEN21:35 UAE11:35 AM CT, July 31, 2022
PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  Attendance: 19,322

Phils throw Aaron Nola vs. Pirates in search of sweep

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Philadelphia Phillies at Pittsburgh Pirates

  1. The Phillies went 4-3 against the Pirates last year, posting their third straight winning season versus Pittsburgh for the first time since 2007-09. Philadelphia is 23-39 (.371) all-time at PNC Park, the worst record by any National League club there.
  2. Philadelphia took two of three from the Braves en route to winning its 10th series since the start of June, tied for the second most in the National League in that span (Atlanta -- 11, Los Angeles -- 10). The Phillies are 15-8 with an MLB-leading 2.96 ERA on the road since June 1.
  3. Alec Bohm's .439 batting average leads the majors this month and is on pace to be the second-best mark a Phillies hitter in any single calendar month the end of World War II, bested only by Jim Eisenreich's .446 mark in August 1996 (minimum 50 plate appearances).
  4. The Pirates fell to 2-8 in their last 10 after losing both games of a two-game set in Chicago. Pittsburgh has plated 27 runs over those 10 contests and ranks last in the NL with a .214 batting average and tied for 13th with 3.1 runs per game (Washington -- 3.1, Miami -- 2.9).
  5. Oneil Cruz is the first National League shortstop since Trevor Story in 2016 have at least five home runs and 20 RBI through 30 games of a rookie season. Cruz has a hit in 10 of his last 12 games, during which time he is batting .267 with a .846 OPS.
  6. Zach Thompson allowed a career-high seven earned runs on Friday but has yielded zero in 8.0 innings over five career appearances against the Phillies. Zack Wheeler is 2-0 with 2.22 ERA in four career starts against the Pirates but has yet to face them as a Phillie.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 7/28/2022 thru 7/31/2022

The visiting Philadelphia Phillies will shoot for a four-game series sweep Sunday against the Pittsburgh Pirates, and while the game counts the same as all others, thoughts might be aimed ahead.

The series finale is also the final game for both clubs before Tuesday's 6 p.m. trade deadline, and that has a different meaning for each.

The Phillies, who are heavily in the running for a playoff spot, are more on the side of being buyers. In fact, they made a move on Saturday, acquiring shortstop Edmundo Sosa from St. Louis for left-handed reliever JoJo Romero.

There was no indication whether Sosa might be available Sunday, but the Phillies will have to clear a roster spot for him.

That might not be it for Philadelphia. Veteran Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins is hoping president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski keeps upgrading.

"You know who's running the show," Hoskins said. "You know what he's done in the past. He likes to add. I feel like we've done enough to be in this thing, and that adding someone makes sense. I'm sure you can go in a number of directions.

"Any time you're in position when you're adding, you're gaining good players, you're getting good players that other teams want, you're going to get better. Getting better for meaningful games down the stretch -- what more could you ask for?"

The Pirates, well off the playoff pace, are seeking something different. They look to be sellers as they continue to stockpile prospects and young talent after already working in such players a good bit this season.

Pittsburgh general manager Ben Cherington has stopped short of using the term "rebuilding," but he's clear on the idea of developing players, whether they are brought in at the deadline, already playing with the Pirates or playing at Triple-A Indianapolis.

"It's fair to say, trades or no trades, (we're) probably likely to see some changes," Cherington said of the Pirates' roster. "We just want to create some opportunity for some guys that are in Indy now, so we'll see how that plays out."

While the trade watch continues, the teams, who are both off Monday, still have a game to play.

Philadelphia nearly blew an eight-run lead in the series opener before hanging on for an 8-7 win, then won back-to-back 10-inning games, 4-2 and 2-1.

In the series finale, Philadelphia right-hander Aaron Nola (6-8, 3.32 ERA) is scheduled to face Pittsburgh right-hander JT Brubaker (2-8, 3.96).

Nola's numbers are mostly top-notch -- including 144 strikeouts vs. 17 walks -- but the Phillies have struggled to provide run support.

Nola is 3-2 with a 4.14 ERA in six career starts against the Pirates.

Brubaker is 2-1 with a 3.00 ERA over his past six starts, going at least six innings in five of them. That includes Monday, when he gave up two runs in six innings, with four strikeouts and two walks. He took a no-decision as the Pirates lost to the Chicago Cubs 3-2.

Sunday marks the one-year anniversary of Brubaker's only career appearance against the Phillies. He gave up one run in six innings, with four strikeouts and two walks, but did not get a decision.

--Field Level Media

Updated July 31, 2022

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