The Phillies acquired right-hander Kyle Gibson on Friday at the trade deadline in hopes he would help their rotation to push into the National League East. Gibson made his first start with his new team on Sunday, and that was the reset Philadelphia (52-53) needed.
While Gibson shot a record 113 shots (64 strokes) in 6 2/3 innings on his Phillies debut, the offense – which has scored just two runs in the first two games of the series – s’ is finally presented to support him and defend himself. off a streak sweep with a 15-4 win over the Pirates at PNC Park.
Gibson hasn’t fallen short of its All-Star billing. The right-hander limited the Pirates to two runs on five hits and two walks. The third of the 33-year-old’s five punches marked his 1,000th career strikeout on an 84.6 mph change against Michael Perez to start the bottom of the fifth inning.
The Phillies took their first lead of the series in the first inning on the JT Realmuto single that marked Travis Jankowski in the second. Jean Segura extended Philadelphia’s lead with his 17th double this season, a two-point line to the right
Segura did not play in Friday’s series opener when the Phils were excluded, but his presence atop the roster on Sunday sparked a parade of nine doubles against Mitch Keller and Pittsburgh company – the most large number recorded by the Phillies since May 4, 2000, when Scott Rolen beat the cleanup and Bobby Abreu clubbed three of the Phils’ eight two-baggers against the Reds. Bryce Harper tied Abreu’s total on Sunday.