Ranger Suárez, Phillies
Ranger Suárez has won two of his three starts this year and has allowed just five runs in 17 IP Leslie Plaza Johnson/Via Icon Sportswire

SEATTLE - It's been a solid start to the season for Venezuelan pitcher Ranger Suárez. On Thursday, he earned his second win of the 2024 season after a fantastic outing against the Pittsburg Pirates, helping his Philadelphia Phillies take the first game of the series 5-1.

The lefty pitched six shutout innings, allowing just two hits and two walks while registering eight strike outs. The Venezuelan threw 97 pitches against the Pirates -24 sinkers, 23 four-seam fastballs, 21 curveballs, 15 cutters and 14 changeups- and landed 62 of his pitches in the strike zone.

The 28-year-old has seen much more composed in his three outings this year, as he is trying to bounce back from a not-so-great 2023 season that saw him miss the first six weeks due to a strained elbow.

Ranger Suárez, Phillies
Ranger Suárez' pitching vs Pirates, April 10 Via baseballsavant.mlb.com

So far this year, Suárez has only allowed five runs in 17 innings pitched, bringing his ERA to 2.65 in the year.

Suárez needed a strong outing against the Pirates, as his last game of the 2023 regular season left him with a sour taste. He allowed nine hits and six runs last time out against the Pirates in just four innings. He rectified it last night, signing off his first no-run start since June of last year.

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