Vierling went 2-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run in Saturday's 3-0 win over the Pirates. His first career homer in the big leagues came in the third inning off Wil Crowe, and it proved to be the game-winning hit as Ranger Suarez cruised to a shutout for the Phillies. Vierling has been a surprising contributor to the team's late-season push for the playoffs -- over the last 10 games, the 25-year-old is slashing .400/.448/.560.
Vierling will start at first base and bat sixth Monday against the Orioles and lefty starting pitcher John Means. Vierling will stick in the lineup for a second straight game after he went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles in Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Mets. The 25-year-old looks like he may stick in a short-side platoon role for the Phillies for the final two weeks of the season.
Vierling was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley prior to Tuesday's game against the Nationals. He is slated to start at first base, per Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer. Vierling went 3-for-7 with a stolen base and a run scored during his first two stints with the Phillies in June and July. He'll man first base Tuesday with Rhys Hoskins (abdomen), J.T. Realmuto (ankle) and Luke Williams (COVID-19) all out. Vierling will also be an option to play the outfield should he remain with the big club for an extended period.
Vierling was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Saturday, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports. Vierling was up as the extra man for Friday's doubleheader against the Marlins. He struck out in his lone at-bat and will head back to Triple-A for now, but he should remain one of the Phillies' top options the next time they need another outfielder.
Vierling was called up by the Phillies to serve as the 27th man for Friday's doubleheader against the Marlins. Vierling will likely serve as a bench bat for the day before heading back to the minors. He made his big-league debut in mid-June and went 3-for-6 in a brief cameo. The 24-year-old was excellent in 24 games for Double-A Reading this season, posting a 1.065 OPS, but he owns a .581 OPS in 18 games for Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
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