The Phillies’ rollercoaster season continues.

After an agonizing sweep to the Mets and a frustrating loss in their weekend opener against the Nationals a week prior, the Phillies swept the visiting Detroit Tigers to earn their fifth straight win. It’s been a season of streaks, both winning and losing streaks, that is, for the Phillies, and it has continued this week.And man, oh man, it really felt like the Phillies needed it. Back home for a homestand against a less-than-average team in Detroit was the perfect bounce back, and, low and behold, the brooms sweep the Tigers out of hazy Philadelphia.

How about that pitching? It seemed like there could have been a no-hitter in every game. Because there almost was.

Aaron Nola started the series with 6.2 no-hit innings before giving up a three-run (unearned) homer to former Phillie Nick Maton. Nola punched out 12 and had his best pitch command of the season. Taijuan Walker followed Nola with 7 innings of no-run baseball with 8 punchouts. Walker himself had a no-hit bid into the fifth inning.And Zach Wheeler was oh so close to a no-hitter but let up a single after 7.1 innings of not allowing one. Wheeler topped his night off with 8 strikeouts and only 1 hit and 1 walk allowed. 

For all three pitchers, it was a huge confidence boost as each of them have had their fair share of struggles on the mound this season.

The Phillies need all 3 of them to get their record back over .500.

On the offensive side, the struggling Trea Turner had his own confidence boost after he went 4-5 with two homers and three RBIs on Monday. Turner has gained traction the last week, and if he keeps remembering he’s Trea Turner, watch out for the top half of that Phillies batting order.After a 1-0 shutout the following day and an off day due to the smoky skies on the east coast, the Phillies, off the back of Wheeler, walked it off in the bottom of the 9th on a Kody Clemens RBI single that erupted Citizens Bank Park and put smiles on faces.It was a great series for the Phillies, but the competition will improve mightily this weekend. It’s nice to win 2 against the Nationals and 3 against the Tigers, but the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers are a big step up. While they haven’t played as great as they should be this season, the Dodgers lineup of Mookie Betts, Freddie Freeman, and J.D. Martinez is way scarier than the lineup of Nick Maton, Javier Baez, and Akil Baddoo.

Even so, it’s always a nice feeling to win 5 in a row.The Phillies are inching closer to getting their swagger back, and multiple wins against the Dodgers this weekend will help with that.

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