Kyle Gibson flirts with no punches as Raging Phillies improve 10 games on 0.500

Most nights, the story will be a five-stroke barrage.

Not on this, though.

Rhys Hoskins, Nick Castellanos and Darek Hall deepened in the first half and JT Realmoto and Kyle Schwarber joined the Power Party later.

But Kyle Gibson stole the show on Friday night.

The 34-year-old right-handed man flirted with no-batting style to lead the Phillies to a 7-2 victory over the humble Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park.

Gibson made a perfect baseball game with six runs. He lost his bid for the perfect game when Victor Robles hit a court to miss the seventh game. He then gave up a base kick to Luis Garcia to lose his uninjured opportunity.

The night was still very special for Gibson. He reached a season high of eight innings, losing only two hits and a run.

The outstanding performance certainly carries a little extra meaning for Gibson. He missed his earlier start to attend the funeral of his grandmother, who died last week.

The Gibson gem and display of Phillies’ dramatic power helped make the night the latest reminder that these Phillies might have something special brewing. Since June 1, they are between 37 and 19 years old. (The Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers were the only two major corporate teams to have better records since then.) The Phils have gone from shipwrecked to contender in the playoff, and currently dominate the third and final place in the NL Championship.

Friday night’s win was the Phillies’ eighth in their last nine games, and it has propelled them to the top 10 of the season over 0.500 at 58-48.

Phils was 22-29 years old when Rob Thompson took over for Joe Girardi as manager on June 3. Thompson’s first order of business was to meet with the team and tell the players to simply focus on getting to the .500. Once they get there, the focus on getting to five games will be over 0.500, and once they get there, the focus on 10 games will be over 0.500.

Now, they are there.

Thompson became a nominee for this year’s National League Manager.

Phillies have won 16 of their last 18 games against the Nationals, dated July 2021. Among them are eight wins in 10 games this season. The Phils still have nine more players to play against the Nats this season and the mopping up against them will aggressively help Phils’ playoff chances.

Gibson received a lot of support early on when the Phils knocked out three first-rounders against Washington’s Josiah Gray. Hoskins and Hull had solo shots, and freshman Nick Castellanos followed Realmuto’s hat-trick with a two-round shot, his second in three. Realmuto hit Homer twice in the third inning and Schwarber hit the lead in the NL 34 in the seventh inning.

In addition to supporting the running, Gibson received an excellent defense from third baseman Alec Bohm, who kept the non-hit show alive with a diving and throwing game through diamonds to finish sixth.

After that play, it’s time to research some harmless facts about the Phillies, just in case. Phils 13 has had no hitter in franchise history. The last was for Cole Hummels on July 25, 2015, his last start with the club.

Gibson didn’t join the no-hit club, but he definitely had a night to remember. After giving up the blow to Garcia on the seventh, he was given a standing ovation by a crowd of 22,024.

On a very wet night, Gibson was tired at eight, hit the second batter and allowed a second hit and fly-by. Robles hit to finish the inning and punched his gauntlet in victory as he walked down the hill.

Brad Hand allowed a ninth-place finish to the win.

Ranger Suarez and Patrick Corbin will take off on Saturday night in a left-handed battle.

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