Phillies starter Hans Crouse gave up a house run to Cole Tucker on his first main league pitch and Philadelphia’s playoff hopes took successful Sunday with a 6-0 loss to Max Kranick and the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Phillies, who had received 5 in a row, started the day trailing NL East-leading Atlanta by 1 1/2 video games. Philadelphia visits the Braves for a three-game sequence beginning Tuesday evening.

“We’ve got to win one game Tuesday,” Phillies supervisor Joe Girardi stated. “That’s how you have to look at it. Take the day off, rest tomorrow, guys can probably use the day off. Then you’ve got to win one game Tuesday.”

“I think you get to the end of the year and you look for an opportunity to get to the playoffs, and that’s exactly what we have. We have an opportunity to get there, and that’s what we’re all looking forward to. It’s exciting. We have a shot.”

Bryce Harper and Philadelphia completed the house portion of their schedule with a file of 47-34.

Crouse (0-1) started his huge league profession with a fastball that Tucker hit into the suitable subject seats for his first residence run of the season.

“I’ll be honest, I was talking a lot of smack,” Tucker stated. “I was telling him we’re going to send (it) into the stands. When I got back to the bench, it was pandemonium. Good luck to (Crouse), but it was cool to rough him up early today.”

The Phillies selected to name up Crouse from the minor leagues moderately than throw an precise bullpen recreation. The 23-year-old righty gave up two hits and walked 4 in three innings.

Crouse was acquired by the Phillies on the commerce deadline from the Texas Rangers together with Kyle Gibson and Ian Kennedy for pitcher Spencer Howard.

Kranick (2-3) went 5 innings and mixed with 4 relievers on a six-hitter.

Kranick, who in July turned the primary pitcher in 127 years to throw 5 good innings in his main league debut, had a second straight stable begin after being recalled from the minors every week earlier. He allowed 4 hits, walked three and struck out 5.

The 24-year-old righty, who grew up about two hours north of Philadelphia in Scranton, had about 50 members of the family and mates on the recreation.

“Too many of them are Phillies fans,” Kranick stated. “If today is the one reason (the Phillies) don’t make the playoffs, they’re going to be mad at me.”

Chasen Shreve, David Bednar, Nick Mears and Chris Stratton shut down the Phillies over the ultimate 4 innings, permitting simply two singles. Pirates pitchers mixed for 11 strikeouts, together with six within the final three innings.

Ke’Bryan Hayes had a pinch-hit double that scored a pair of runs and Yoshi Tsutsugo drove in a pair of runs as Pittsburgh ended a three-game dropping streak.

Hayes doubled because the Pirates made it 3-0 within the seventh. Reliever Jose Alvarado had an eventful inning that included a leadoff stroll — the primary of 4 within the inning — a balk and a wild pitch.

The Pirates added two extra runs within the eighth off the beleaguered Phillies bullpen. Adonis Medina gave up a leadoff double to Hoy Park, hit Anthony Alford with a pitch and walked Tucker earlier than Tsutsugo drove in two runs with a single.

Hayes led off the ninth with a single, went to second on J.T. Realmuto’s second handed ball of the sport, superior to 3rd on a wild pitch by reliever Ramon Rosso and scored on a balk.


To make room on the roster for Crouse, the Phillies designated veteran OF Matt Joyce for task. Joyce, 37, missed many of the season with a decrease again damage. He was simply 5 for 55 (.091) with two homers and 7 RBIs.


Pirates: Bednar (strained proper indirect) was reinstated from the IL Sunday. An necessary piece of the Pirates bullpen, he missed three weeks along with his damage. He entered Sunday with a 2.18 ERA in 57 2/3 innings. To make room for Bednar, the Pirates optioned RHP Kyle Keller to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Phillies: OF Odubel Herrera returned to the lineup Sunday after lacking Saturday’s recreation with a sore left Achilles. Herrera aggravated the damage Friday whereas taking in-game batting apply within the cages behind the Phillies dugout. He was faraway from the sport Friday with the damage.


Pirates: The Pirates journey to Cincinnati on Monday to make up a rained-out recreation from final week. It shall be Pittsburgh’s last street recreation of the season. No starter has been introduced but for the Pirates.

Phillies: Zack Wheeler (14-9, 2.83) pitches the opener of the three-game sequence at Atlanta.