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Oh, Say Can You Sweep: Phillies 4, Orioles 1

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Phillies take two from the Baltimore Orioles at home thanks to Aaron Nola's ace pitching and a few clutch hits.

Baltimore Orioles v Philadelphia Phillies Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

Happy 4th of July to everyone, especially the Philadelphia Phillies, who completed a two game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles at home to improve their record to 47-37.

Aaron Nola Was Aaron Nola

Nola continued to dazzle in today's start: 7 IP, 1 ER, 2 BB and 9 K. He ties Jon Lester for most Wins in the National League with 11.

The Orioles’ only run came when Tim Beckham walked (on a few very, very close pitches) and was driven home on a double by Adam Jones to center. Nola was able to take care of business after that though.

While the Orioles managed to get a baserunner on in every inning he pitched (which is not great), Nola was able to work himself out of each jam.

This includes a moment in the 7th when, after surrendering back to back singles to Tim Beckham and Adam Jones, he found himself at 100 pitches with 2 outs and two men on and Manny Machado stepping up to the plate. Gabe Kapler jogged out to the mound to check on him, but Nola shook him off and stayed in the game. It all worked out, becuase Machado popped out on the third pitch Nola threw him.

The Offense Continues to Frustrate

It's hard to complain too much about a win, but the Phillies spent a large portion of this game looking completely lost and disinterested at the plate. Rookie pitcher Yefry Ramírez held the Phils hitless through the 4th.

Their first hit came in the 5th inning, when Scott Kingery got his first hit after being 0 for 14 previously. He and Nick Williams scored when Chris Davis misplayed a ball hit by Jorge Alfaro along the first base line.

In the 7th inning, Carlos Santana took his second walk of the day and was brought home on a Nick Williams home run to center.

The Bullpen Kept it Together

Another consequence of Nola pitching so well is that the Bullpen was only needed for two innings, and they did not disappoint today.

Victor Arano pitched both of those innings, and was highly effective in keeping the game out of reach for the Orioles, with three strikeouts and only issuing one walk. For his efforts, he earned his first career Save.

The bullpen has actually been turning things around a bit lately, which is no doubt helping fuel the Phils’ four game win streak.


  • With this win, the Phillies are 10 games over .500 for the first time since 2011, and only 1.5 games behind the first place Braves.
  • The Phillies have a day off tomorrow, and then hit the road for a 3 game series with the lowly Pirates followed by a 4 game series against the loathesome Mets. After that, they pop down to Baltimore real quick to make up a game from earlier in the season, then take on the Marlins for a 3 game series before the All Star Break.
  • Marlins Man was at the game today. Fuck that guy.