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  W: R. Suárez (7-5)   L: W. Crowe (4-8)
1:05 PM PT2:05 PM MT3:05 PM CT4:05 PM ET16:05 ET20:05 GMT4:05 1:05 PM MST3:05 PM EST3:35 PM VEN0:05 UAE (+1)2:05 PM CT, September 25, 2021
Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  Attendance: 28,135

Phillies going for fifth straight win as they host Pirates

According to STATS
According to STATS

Pittsburgh Pirates at Philadelphia Phillies

  1. The Pirates won two of the three games they played against the Phillies in Pittsburgh this year (July 30-August 1). The only home run by either team in that series was hit by Pirates catcher Michael Perez in a game the Phillies won, 15-4.
  2. The Pirates have the second-worst record in the National League this year (57-94, .377) but they are 15-15 since August 20. Pittsburgh has won four and split one of its last five series.
  3. Ke'Bryan Hayes was 3-for-5 against the Reds on Tuesday. It was only Hayes' third game in two MLB seasons with more than two hits. He had a five-hit game in 2020 and three-hit game earlier this month (September 6 vs. Detroit).
  4. The Phillies have not allowed more than three runs in any of their last six games. It's their longest such streak since allowing three runs or fewer in eight consecutive games in 2018 (July 30-August 7).
  5. The Phillies beat the Cubs, 17-8, last Thursday, but they have scored only 18 runs in six games since then (four wins and two losses). Four of those six games have been decided by one run (three wins for Philadelphia) and the other two were decided by two runs.
  6. Aaron Nola beat the Mets in his last start, ending a personal nine-start winless streak which matched his career high. Nola also went winless in nine consecutive starts spanning the 2019 and 2020 seasons.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/23/2021 thru 9/26/2021

When the Philadelphia Phillies re-signed Didi Gregorius, they had high expectations.

They never fathomed that the ultra-talented shortstop would struggle so mightily at the plate.

But Gregorius came up with arguably his biggest hit all season, a go-ahead three-run home run, to carry the Phillies past the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-6 on Friday.

The Phillies (80-74), who are one and a half games behind the Atlanta Braves for first place in the National League East, will now look for their fifth win in a row when they host the Pirates on Saturday.

"I've been in the cage doing extra work," Gregorius said on a postgame interview on NBC Sports Philadelphia.

With eight games left, the Phillies are suddenly in a solid position to capture their first playoff berth since 2011.

"Once you get to this spot, this is where you want to be," said Gregorius, who had two hits and two runs scored.

Brad Miller and starting pitcher Kyle Gibson each homered and Most Valuable Player candidate Bryce Harper added a hit, walk, RBI and run scored.

"I just got to keep going," Harper said. "That's what this organization expects. That's what these fans expect as well. No matter who's on the mound or how I'm feeling, I got to keep posting every day."

Ronald Torreyes, who provided a clutch pinch-hit homer on Thursday, came back with a pinch-hit RBI single on Friday.

"He's come up with big hits for us all year long," Phillies manager Joe Girardi said of Torreyes.

The Phillies will hand the ball to Ranger Suarez (6-5, 1.60 ERA). Suarez is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 4 1/3 career shutout innings against the Pirates in 2019.

The Pirates (57-96) have built leads in the first two games of this series.

They just haven't been able to hold them.

"We have to continue to push when we get leads," Pirates manager Derek Shelton said. "That's just a sign of youth and handling at-bats as we get through the game. It's something we have to work on and continue to get better at."

Wilmer Difo homered and knocked in two runs for the young Pirates, who continue to learn through some difficult losses.

"Like I've told you guys numerous times, I'm probably harder on myself than anybody else can be," Shelton said. "I reflect a lot on in-game decisions that we make -- continuing to learn and grow, asking different people their opinions about decisions that we've made and going from there."

Wil Crowe (4-7, 5.77 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Pirates. Crowe is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in his only career meeting with Philadelphia, a six-inning outing this season against the Phillies.

"I just think we're trusting the process," Crowe said. "We're all learning at the big-league level. I don't think anybody is worrying about their own statistics. They're wanting to do what they need to do to help the next guy or to perform for the next guy, and we're really coming together as one, as a unit. It's fun to be a part of when we're all clicking."

--Field Level Media

Updated September 25, 2021

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