The Phillies offense runs like a well-oiled machine in a dominant opening series against the Giants

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The Phillies opened a nine-game home Monday night with an excellent opportunity to create space in the NL wild card race as the San Francisco Giants enter town. With both clubs currently holding two of the three places, a late August series like this one has the potential to boost momentum heading into the final stretch of the season.

Good thing the Phillies brought their own A game.

The 10-4 win puts them within three games over the Giants in the wild card standings and 11 games at .

The energy throughout the crowd of 36,274 at Citizens Bank Park brought similar energy to those playoffs (yes, in August). Combine that with a night when the offense looked like a well-oiled machine And A solid outing from Aaron Nola? It was the perfect recipe.

“Every team I feel like they want to play really well at home, but it’s a little different here for the fans we have,” Harper said. “We love coming here and playing – we love being home.

“Is there a possible chance, right?”

Nola went seven strong innings, allowing five hits, two runs, and striking out five. While Nola gave up a pair of solo home runs over the first three innings, it ranks very low on the list of concerns when they were the only two runs he allowed.

“It was great to score seven times,” Nola said after the victory. “I hadn’t gone too deep in the past several outings and it was good to get back there on the seventh and finish it off once.

“Great game overall – the defense was great and the guys smashed baseball today.”

Jock Pederson’s home run in the lead of the first inning was the only lead the Giants held throughout the game—and it lasted less than one run.

Giants manager Gabe Kapler elected to use Scott Alexander as an opener. Trea Turner doubled to reach base and Bryce Harper’s single drove him home. Alexander lasted only two-thirds of the inning, allowing three hits and one run before Kapler pulled the plug and brought on Shawn Mania.

From that point on, it was Phillies night.

Alec Boehm had a more impressive three-hit night and defensive display at first base. Edmundo Sosa hit a home run, triple, and 2 RBI. Johan Rojas tripled and hit 2 RBI. The list goes on with this performance.

The full lineup had at least one hit, while six players had multi-hit games. They collectively had four home runs (including inside the park), two triples, two doubles, and threw eight singles to get the cherry on top.

Harper’s home run

Harper’s tenth home run of the season is probably one of the most memorable of the season. Sure, it was a game when the Phillies were really leading…but that didn’t matter. Harper continues to show what it’s like to be Philly.

His inside-the-park home run was the first by the Phillies since JT Realmuto’s in the 2022 NLDS Championship game against the Braves.

Back and forth

After missing six weeks from a sore left elbow, Jose Alvarado has been activated from the injured list for 15 days before Monday’s game.

With Nola’s seven solid innings, he was able to get another rest day. Given the scale of this series – saving Alvarado when he needs him most is best case scenario.

Matt Strahm shutout during the eighth inning, scoring two touchdowns and making the path to the endgame clearer.

There was a slight commotion in the way when Dylan Coffey came in to shut out the game and struggled badly to find the strike zone. He allowed two hits, walked two, and hit Luis Matos with a pitch and allowed two runs.

The Phillies had their insurance – the only thing they really did was kill the momentum for a few minutes until Jeff Hoffman came along. The pendulum’s momentum changed again as Boom’s double game put that final within reach. JD Davis sprinted to Rojas and just like that, the stadium was electric again.

While this wasn’t a game that technically had to be won, the Phillies certainly played it. If they can find a way to maintain this throughout the remainder of the series, this wildcard top spot could be the lock as well.

way ahead

Taeguan Walker took the mound on Tuesday against lefty Kyle Harrison, who is making his debut with the Giants. The series concludes on Wednesday with Michael Lorenzen hitting his first home run since a no-hitter on August 9. He will face Alex Cobb, who has lost his last two matches.

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