MLB Wild Card: Phillies’ trade deadline pickups shine in win over Reds

CINCINNATI — Here’s how a front office does it when adding talent at the trade deadline.

Three of the Phillies’ recent additions paid off in an important 4-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on Monday night.

Noah Syndergaard pitched seven-plus innings on three-run ball and didn’t walk.

David Robertson got three huge outs after the Reds put together a one-run game and things got shaky in the eighth.

And Edmundo Sosa was the offensive and defensive star of the game with three RBIs and two stunning plays behind Syndergaard at third base.

“All those guys played well,” manager Rob Thomson said. “Syndergaard, his stuff just keeps getting better. He threw all kinds of strikes. Robertson was tremendous. He’s been in all those great moments, the playoffs, the World Series. When you have a guy like that, it all settles down. And Sosa made some tremendous plays. “.

Syndergaard and Robertson were acquired by the Phillies hours before the Aug. 2 trade deadline. Sosa arrived a few days earlier in a deal with St. Louis. The Phillies targeted him as a utility infielder who could play strong defense off the bench late in games or in spot starts.

Looking to get as many right-handed bats into the lineup as possible against Cincinnati left-hander Mike Minor, Thomson used Alec Bohm as the designated hitter and placed Sosa at third. The move paid off offensively and defensively.

Sosa hit a two-run RBI single in the third inning and an RBI double in the fifth. Both hits came against Minor.

All four of the Phillies’ runs came with two outs.

The win improved the Phillies to 64-51 and got them back on track after being shut out two days in a row by the Mets in New York. The Phillies are in control of the National League’s second wild-card spot, a half-game ahead of San Diego.

Syndergaard, who made 15 starts with the Angels before being acquired by Mickey Moniak and minor league outfielder Jadiel Sanchez, is now 2-0 in three starts with the Phillies, and most importantly, the club has gotten the win. at three.

“It’s an amazing feeling,” Syndergaard said. “It’s amazing to be a part of this team and I’m looking forward to the trip.”

Syndergaard missed the 2020 season and most of the 2021 season due to an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery. He signed with the Angels in November and that club gave him extra time between starts while he continued his recovery.

Monday night’s start against the Reds marked the first time this season the right-hander pitched on four days’ rest. He liked it. There were no problems. The bright.

Syndergaard’s shooting economy was excellent. He pitched just 71 in seven innings and 58 were for strikes. He allowed two runs in the second inning and a leadoff home run in the bottom of the eighth before Thomson went to Robertson. Seranthony Dominguez pitched the ninth inning and got the save.

Syndergaard finished his outing with just 77 pitches. He threw only 16 balls. He scattered eight hits and struck out six. He threw a strike on the first pitch to 24 of 28 batters.

“That’s the most important part of winning the battle with the hitter, getting ahead and staying ahead,” he said. “A scout came to my house when he was 17 and asked me what the biggest pitch in baseball was. I said, ‘Fastball? Trade-up?’ He said, ‘No, strike 1.’ So that’s something I’m proud of.”

Syndergaard loves life like Phillie. He has quickly joined pitching coaches Caleb Cotham and Brian Kaplan. Syndergaard toyed with giving him up as an angel. He believes that he was trying to reinvent himself after the surgery. Cotham and Kaplan convinced him to simplify the delivery. Syndergaard likes the results.

“Lift (your left leg) up and go, let my athleticism take over and don’t make it harder than it is,” he said of his delivery fit. “The strides I’ve made over two rotations with Caleb and Kap have been amazing. I’ve never been more confident on the mound this year and it shows in my skills and ability to make shots.”

Minor, who was a starter for Cincinnati, is a pitcher who has been linked to the Phillies for years as a potential trade or free-agent target. The 34-year-old left-hander entered the game with a 6.24 ERA in 12 starts and that was welcome for the Phillies, who had faced some microscopic ERAs in their previous five games.

In order, the Phillies faced Sandy Alcantara (2.01), Edward Cabrera (2.05), Max Scherzer (1.93), Jacob deGrom (1.62) and Chris Bassitt (3.27) in their previous five games. They lost three of those games, all by shutout.

The Phils rallied for three runs with two outs against Minor in the third inning. Nick Castellanos hit one and Sosa delivered the other two.

After two consecutive shutouts in New York, the rally was like taking a load off the bat rack. The Phillies will look to clinch the second seed over the Reds behind Kyle Gibson on Tuesday night.

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