Castellanos goes twice for the street in Phillies 4-3 victory over Colorado

Nick Castellanos leads the National League in doubles, leads all right fielders in assists, and his daring leads from third base have created runs and excitement in Philadelphia.

But the mighty outfielder wasn’t digging.

So Castellanos finally took on the 0 in the HR column, with authority, and kept the National League champions inching to .500.

“I just want to do my job, man,” Castellanos said.

Castellanos hit his first two home runs of the season and Cristian Pache also deepened for the first time this season to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday.

Castellanos hit a solo homer off Kyle Freeland (2-2) in the second inning and the go-ahead solo homer again off Freeland for a 4-3 lead in the sixth and helped the Phillies (10-12) win for the fifth time. in seven games.

The Castellanos blackout this season was a thorny issue before the game for manager Rob Thomson. Thomson, who led the Phillies to the National League pennant last season, had little concern that Castellanos would finally start slugging again.

“Just based on his track record for him, he’s hit home runs in the past, and I expect him to do the same again,” Thomson said.

How about Castellanos’ tenth multi-homer game?

However, Castellanos wasn’t the only Phillies slugger who didn’t hit at his usual pace.

Bryce Harper’s only home runs come in batting practice as he nears a return from Tommy John surgery and the Phillies haven’t found a powerful replacement at first base for Rhys Hoskins, out with a torn ACL in his knee. left, and the 30 home runs he hit last season.

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As for the Phillies, who tend to go deep? Well, they haven’t done much: Trea Turner hit 21 last season with the Dodgers and has one in 22 games with the Phillies. JT Realmuto slugged 22 in 2022 and has two this season.

“They come in clusters,” Thomson said. “I think we’ll eventually catch up with some.”

Three was a good start.

Castellanos hit 34 home runs with the Reds in 2021, 13 last year with the Phillies and had none, though he hit his 10th double in the NL-most eighth in his first 90 plate appearances this season.

“I think it’s a small sample, really,” Thomson said. “He has also driven some balls. He comes and goes. As long as he sees the ball and hits for strikes, hits for his strikes, the strikes that he likes to do, then we’re good.”

In the 91st plate appearance, Castellanos finally drove one into the left field seats for a 1–0 lead. Castellanos, who said he felt more comfortable in his second season in Philadelphia, homered for the first time since Aug. 27.

“The more I feel at peace with myself, with my situation, with my surroundings, with my surroundings, the more my natural being can thrive,” Castellanos said.

Pache only had four career home runs over four seasons, so his season-long home run drought wasn’t nearly as troubling as those experienced by Castellanos and Turner. But he punched a two-run home run to deep center in the third for a 3-1 lead.

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