Noah Syndergaard wins Phillies debut in rain-shortened start

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PHILADELPHIA — Noah Syndergaard won his Phillies-debut despite giving up four runs, Alec Bohm hit a three-run homerun and Philadelphia won a five-inning rain-shortened game against the Washington Nationals 5-4 on Thursday-evening.

Rhys Hoskins also went deep, securing a win for Syndergaard (6-8) two days after being taken over from the Los Angeles Angels.

“I am extremely excited and blessed to be in this clubhouse,” said Syndergaard. “The personalities seem great in this clubhouse. I just want to do my part.”

The Phillies started playing a half game for St. Louis for the last NL wildcard spot. They have won seven out of nine against Washington this season.

Luke Voit and Yadiel Hernandez each had two hits for the Nationals, which fell back to an MLB-worst 36-71 as they played their third game since trading star lugger Juan Soto. The 2019 World Series champions dropped six out of eight.

“Bummed,” said Nationals manager Dave Martinez. “We had good, positive energy there. We were having a good time waving the bats. But you can’t do anything about Mother Nature.”

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Noah Syndergaard won his Phillies debut despite giving up four runs in their rain-shortened five-inning win over the Nationals.
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The Phillies, which cut former Yankee Didi Gregorius earlier in the day, recovered second baseman Jean Segura from the 60-day IL prior to the game. Segura missed 54 games with a broken right index finger.

Philadelphia is also looking forward to getting back 2021 NL MVP Bryce Harper, who had pins removed from his broken left thumb on Monday and expects to be back before the end of the regular season. Harper swings off a tee and hopes to return in September, he said before the game. He spent Thursday cheering his teammates on from the broadcast booth, where he commented.

Harper liked what he saw early in the game of Philadelphia’s attack.

Hoskins made his 21st homer of the season in the first off of Paolo Espino (0-4), and the Phillies scored four runs in the third to jump out to a 5-2 lead. Newly acquired centerfielder Brandon Marsh opened the frame with the first of four straight hits, a single to the left.

Kyle Schwarber followed with a single before Hoskins drove Marsh home with another. Bohm, who was talking to Harper in the booth due to his improved defense and steady offense, delivered the big blow with a three-run shot to the left.

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“That’s what this offense can do,” Hoskins said.

Syndergaard struckout two batters and walked in five innings. His 11 allowed hits were one of his worst careers.

“Once I was settled, I was able to perform my pitches,” he said. “It feels really good to win.”

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Just after Syndergaard had left in the fifth, the game was halted by rain. The call was delayed by 2 hours and 6 minutes.

The Nationals came in 5-4 with two runs in the fifth. After consecutive singles to open the frame, the RBI-single by César Hernández accounted for the first run. With the bases loaded, another run scored on a wild pitch. Nick Castellanos prevented further damage with a strong throw from rightfield to the plate to get Hernández into an inning-ending 9-2 double play.

“At the time it was huge,” Syndergaard said. “It turned out to be bigger than it was.”

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Martinez said: “We shot there, but the throw was right on the money.”

Voit gave the Nationals the lead 1-0 with an RBI single in the first in his first at bat after joining Washington as part of the San Diego Padres’ return package for Soto and first baseman Josh Bell.

Espino gave up five runs on seven hits in four innings with three strikeouts and no walks.


Syndergaard struckout 777 in 718 innings, including 218 during his 2016 All-Star season, over six seasons with the New York Mets.

But several injuries, including Tommy John surgery in 2020, have taken some of the strength off his arm.

From the first pitch of the game, a screeching foul ball to the level of the press box by Victor Robles, the Nationals connected with several hard hit balls—both hits and outs against the 6-foot-6, 230-pound right-hander. During 85 innings this season, he struckout 66 batters for the Angels and Phillies.

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