Vierling moves into second place to add internal insurance – Delco Times

PHILADELPHIA – Matt Vierling’s second base debut, career winger and Car Shield commercial star, went nothing short of well.

The veteran handled six ground balls flawlessly, including the last one out of the game, and caught a fly to help the Phillies win 4-0 over the Diamondbacks on Saturday ahead of 30,820 at Citizens Bank Park.

It was the ninth straight win for the Phillies, the highest since 2011. The club’s all-time record is 13 straight wins, the last time the 1991 Phillies achieved it.

In between is Vierling, who joked that yes, maybe he should start asking for more commercials money than he does with the widely publicized Car Shield automotive warranty. Vierling is pictured swinging his bat and talks about “Throwing expensive car repairs out of the park.”

For now, Vierling is happy to be in the midst of this winning business, starting with the new challenge in second place. For now he and Bryson Stott, who played as shortstop and scored a two-point home run on Saturday, are all healthy players the Phillies need to play at second base.

“It was nice to get the first one out of the way,” Vierling said. “With each game I play, I will feel more comfortable. I expected that. When I was out there I had a feeling that the ball was going to hit me. “

Vierling threw the ball away trying to complete a double play that had no way out, but it was not considered a mistake. The only mistake he made was being caught stealing for the last of the seventh inning.

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“It was a good day for him,” said winning pitcher Zack Wheeler. “And I’m happy for him.”

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Wheeler conceded only two hits and eliminated eight in six shutout innings, exiting after throwing 98 pitches. And he did it after a hectic week in which his wife Monique gave birth to their second child, a baby girl.

“I felt good, basically,” Wheeler said. “A little rust but I felt good.”

Wheeler didn’t miss a round in the rotation, but he pitched twice at CBP while his teammates were in Milwaukee. It was his seventh start of at least six no-walks innings since early 2021.

Of particular interest was the work of the bullpen.

In the seventh inning Jeurys Familia loaded the bases. Andrew Bellatti flew Diamondbacks pinch-hitter Ketel Marte to the deep center.

After Brad Hand pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning, manager Rob Thomson used Cristopher Sanchez in the ninth. He conceded two hits.

Thomson said he shut down Corey Knebel after receiving a report from the bullpen that Knebel felt tension in his shoulder while warming up.

To his post-match presser Thomson would not deny that Seranthony Dominguez will be a consideration in the ninth forward.

Five Phillies pitchers combined for the team’s fifth shutout this season. It was the first time the Diamondbacks were canceled this year.

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NOTES >> Thomson has become only the third major league manager since at least 1900 to win his first eight games as a manager. The other two are Joe Morgan (his first 12 games with the Red Sox in 1988) and Pat Moran (eight in a row for the 1915 Phillies). … The game was completed in 2 hours and 56 seconds. … The Phillies’ 9-0 record in June is their longest record since winning 11 straight wins in August 1991.

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