Posted: Apr 17, 2021 / 2:42 AM MDT
Updated: April 17, 2021 / 02:42 AM MDT
The Philadelphia Phillies will aim for their seventh win in eight home games this season if they host the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday.
After losing to the New York Mets three times in a row on the street, the Phillies returned home and beat the Cardinals 9-2 in a three-game run on Friday.
JT Realmuto homered and drove in two runs, Jean Segura had three hits and Andrew McCutchen added two hits and three RBIs.
McCutchen shot a 0v14 skid with his first hit.
“He’s really important to our offense when it comes to taking the lead, getting to the base and doing runs,” said manager Joe Girardi of McCutchen.
The Phillies haven’t reached the postseason since 2011, the National League’s longest active playoff drought, and fell back again last season. As they prepare for the 14th game of the 2021 season, they continue to realize the importance of each game.
“I think the sense of urgency is important,” said Girardi. “Every game is important.”
“I thought we had great bats as a group tonight,” added Bryce Harper.
The Phillies pass the ball on to left-handed Matt Moore, who is starting the season for the third time.
Moore signed a one-year free agent contract for $ 3 million after pitching in Japan last year. Moore has allowed 13 hits and seven runs in 8 1/3 innings while scoring nine hits and leaving four. He is 2-1 with a 2.77 ERA in three appearances – two starts – in his career against the Cardinals.
Like most pitchers, Moore is successful when he’s not running batters.
“I feel ready and haven’t left a stone unturned,” said Moore.
Three Phillies coaches – third base coach Dusty Wathan, coach Joe Dillon and Bullpen coach Dave Lundquist – missed Friday’s game on COVID-19 log. It is unclear when they will return.
The Cardinals hope to avoid their sixth loss in seven games on Saturday.
Not much went right in the seven-time loss on Friday, with the exception of Justin Williams’ first home game, a two-part shot.
St. Louis will turn to left-handed Kwang Hyun Kim for his season debut. He fought in spring practice, creating a 16:20 ERA in five innings.
Back spasms caused a season debut delay for Kim, who had a strong rookie season with a 3-0 mark and an earned run average of 1.62. Kim appeared in eight games, seven starts, in 39 innings.
He never faced the Phillies.
“He’s a direct hit, otherwise we wouldn’t have put him into rotation,” said Cardinals manager Mike Shildt. “He threw a really good bullpen (Thursday) and a lot of positive things come out of KK. He’s ready to rock and we look forward to seeing him tomorrow. “
Kim has only made three career record appearances and has not made one in Korea since the 2010 season.
“I’m not really a good batsman right now,” Kim said through his interpreter. “But if I hit it, it goes out into the field. I feel good about it. My teammates actually clap. “
Tommy Edman had two hits on Friday and extended his hit rate to eleven games.
–Field level media