Phillies hope to continue winning ways against skidding Red Sox

Phillies head on the road to play Boston
The Phillies open a four-city, 10-game road trip on Tuesday with a stop in Boston for a pair of contests with the struggling Red Sox. It's the Phils' first extended venture away from Citizens Bank Park this year.

Following a three-game sweep of the Mets this past weekend, the Phillies are 8-9 and find themselves 2 1/2 games behind the Braves for the top spot in the NL East.

"Our starting pitching has been really good," manager Joe Girardi said following Sunday's 6-2 win. "I think our offense, the fight in our offense, and the ability to come back, has been really good. And it seems we've found some sense of where guys work in the bullpen. Everyone kinda did their job this weekend and that's encouraging."

Rookie Alec Bohm has performed well at the plate so far, collecting either an extra-base hit, an RBI or a run scored in each of his first four games with the Phillies. Rhys Hoskins has also shown signs of life at the plate, hitting .308 (8-for-26) with three doubles, four RBIs, and a .861 OPS in his past seven games.

The Phillies come to Boston as the Red Sox are riding an eight-game losing skid. A combination of a thin pitching staff and an underperforming lineup has doomed the BoSox who sit 6-17 on the season.

A trade
The Phillies traded 23-year-old righty Edgar Garcia to the Tampa Bay Rays for s player to be named later. Garcia was designated for assignment by the Phils last week. He posted a 5.77 ERA over 37 games with the club in 2019. He has electric stuff, but control has been an issue.

Other roster moves
Roman Quinn is healthy and back with the club and in the starting lineup tonight. Kyle Garlick has been optioned to Lehigh Valley. Jay Bruce is available tonight, though he's still dealing with a quad issue. Jean Segura will get the night off (hamstring). Reliever Regie McClain joins the club, taking the roster spot JoJo Romero who was optioned on Sunday night.

Tonight's lineup
McCutchen 7
Hoskins 3
Harper 9
Realmuto 2
Gregorius 6
Bohm 5
Bruce DH
Kingery 4
Quinn 8

Quote of the day
“We’ve seen other teams. We’ve been a part of it, kind of. We’re going to have to be vigilant and just play it safe and just don’t do anything dumb. Just stay at the hotel, go to the ballpark, play, do our job. It’s pretty simple.”
- Zack Wheeler, talking about the precautions needed as the Phillies embark on their first road-trip of the season.
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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