Jarlin Garcia’s disastrous third inning propelled the Philadelphia Phillies (5-3) over the Pittsburgh Pirates (1-5) 4-3 Saturday afternoon.
Garcia replaced Hill in the third inning and got knocked around quite a bit. All four of Garcia’s hits given up went over 100 mph.
The Phillies stormed back against Garcia and took a 3-2 lead after a Kyle Schwarber RBI single followed by an Alec Bohm two-run homer.
Garcia was yanked by Derek Shelton and the training staff after a potential injury and was replaced by lefty Rob Zastryzny.
Pirates pitcher Rich Hill pitched two scoreless innings against the Phillies. Hill threw 37 pitches (23 strikes, 14 balls), struck out two, walked one, with one hit and no runs given up.
The Pirates got their offense going early against the Phillies and Aaron Nola after Canaan Smith-Njigba hustled to third base on a dropped fly ball by Kyle Schwarber in left field. Ke’Bryan Hayes followed that error with a legitimate RBI triple, and the Pirates found themselves up 1-0 in the top of the first.
The following batter, Ji-Man Choi, hit a deep enough sac fly to center field, allowing Hayes to tag and score easily, doubling the Pirates’ lead over the Phillies 2-0.
Zastryzny allowed a single to left field by Scott Kingery, scoring Edmundo Sosa. The Phillies led 4-2 after three innings.
Zastryzny’s line finished with 1.2 innings pitched, two hits, and three strikeouts.
In the top of the sixth, Hayes reached on an E3, and Choi hit a gap shot in left-center, driving in a run t cut the Phillies’ lead down 4-3.
Daniel Zamora, Chase De Jong, and Kyle Nicholas combined to go four shutout innings while giving up just one hit and two walks.
The Pirates’ offense didn’t muster much against the Phillies. Shelton’s squad managed just four hits. Hayes, Choi, Connor Joe, and Drew Maggi registered the only hits in the game for the Pirates.
The Pirates will play Sunday afternoon in Bradenton against the Minnesota Twins at 1:05 p.m. J.T. Brubaker will get the nod for the Pirates and face Tyler Mahle.