By Art Beitchman

Phils pitcher Cristopher Sanchez celebrated his new 4-year deal by hurling 7 smooth innings against the D-Backs in the series- winning 4-1 victory on Sunday.

Somehow, the Phillies front office keeps finding these gems, making the Phils pitching one of the MLB’s best.

Sánchez is now 5-3, lowered his ERA to 2.67, and he’s allowed only one home run in 15 starts.

Sánchez is the first pitcher to allow one homer or fewer through his first 15 starts of a season since Jake Peavy in 2007 — and he’s the first Phillies pitcher to do so over any 15-start span within a season since Jerry Koosman in 1984.

Nick Castellanos continues his hot hitting with another RBI.

Bryce Harper inches his way to the .300 mark,

Everyone is happy to see Tra Turner back after a six week absence.

The Phils hit the road for a 3-game set with the Tigers tonight before returning home to face the Miami Marlins.

Sanchez is already under team control through the 2028 season, and the deal will give the Phils some cost certainty over those upcoming four years and beyond. Heyman indicates there are multiple club option years, so the Phillies can now control at least two of Sanchez’s free agent seasons.

The signing continues Philadelphia’s penchant for locking up arms, as all of the extensions signed during Dave Dombrowski’s tenure as president of baseball operations have come on the pitching end. These deals range from shorter-term deals to avoid arbitration to the much pricier three-year, $126 million extension Zack Wheeler signed last March, and Sanchez’s deal should fall somewhere in between.

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