FOR PHILLIES ACE RANGER SUAREZ, IT’S ALL IN THE FAMILY!

By Peter Gleason

The Phillies lost to the Pads yesterday, even though Ranger Suarez pitched six lights-out innings.

It’s been an emotional week for Suarez, as The Athletic chronicles:

On Sunday evening, he raced to his Philadelphia apartment to savor the final hours of Father’s Day.

He opened the door.

He saw his wife and two kids.

They were here. They were together in America for the first time.

Suárez started to kick a soccer ball indoors with his son, Dominick. His daughter, Sofia, joined them. Suárez started to pitch a foam baseball. They love it when he does that.

“We played all night,” Suárez said.

A few hours later, Suárez looked at the clock. “Hey,” he told them, “Dad’s got to go to work tomorrow.” They went to bed. They repeated it all on Monday.

“We woke up and we started playing the whole morning before getting here,” Suárez said through a team interpreter. “I’m just the same way with them as I am (at the ballpark). It’s really nice for them to see their father do what he does for a living.”

So, on Wednesday, there they were at Citizens Bank Park. They found shaded seats behind home plate. Sofia, 6, pointed to the sky when her father induced a fly ball. Dominick, 3, clapped with every strike. They had never seen him pitch in person.

“It’s going to be something beautiful,” Suárez said the day before he pitched.

His family could see all of the SUÁREZ 55 jerseys in the stands. They heard strangers yell, “Come on, Ranger!” Maybe they did not understand it, but they could feel what the 28-year-old lefty, over 149 career games, has built here. He has been one of the best pitchers in the National League this season. He has a 1.75 ERA after six strong innings Wednesday against the Padres. He might start the All-Star Game.

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