Well, it’s been awhile, but the Phillies (31-43) won a baseball game. The Phillies’ 7-2 win today over the Twins (23-49) snaps their 9 game losing streak and they did it by getting good performances at the plate and on the mound. The Phillies hadn’t scored more than 3 runs in a game in over a week coming into this series, but they managed to score 5 or more runs in all three games at Target Field. The Phillies put up 7 runs today on 15 hits, which is only 5 less than they had in the entire FOUR GAME SERIES against the Diamondbacks over the weekend. Nonetheless, the Phillies’ bats have come alive on the road trip, despite today being the only win the Phillies got in the three game series.
The Phillies offense produced all series long, but today the offense exploded for 15 hits that resulted in 7 runs. Even in the Phillies 10 run performance in the opening game of the series, they had 14 hits. Maikel Franco was the only player in the starting lineup not to record a hit in today’s game. Cesar Hernandez was not set to start in today’s game, but he was inserted after Tommy Joseph was removed to an illness. Hernandez had himself a day at the plate going 4 for 4 with a triple, a walk, and 3 runs scored. Freddy Galvis also did some heavy lifting at the plate today, going 2 for 3 with a triple, a homerun (his 7th of the year), and 5 runs batted in. Galvis’ homer was a three run bomb in the 8th inning that put the cemented the Phillies win. Ryan Howard also homered in today’s game for the Phillies. His 2nd inning solo homer (his 11th homer of the year) tied the game up at 1 run a piece. Twins rookie outfielder Max Kepler continued his impressive series as he went 2 for 4 with a double as he was the only Minnesota player to record multiple hits in the ballgame.
Jerad Eickhoff continued his impressive June with another solid outing this afternoon. Eickhoff went 6 strong innings, allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits and a walk while earning the win. With today’s win, Eickhoff improves to 5-9 on the year with a 3.36 ERA. Eickhoff has been the winning pitched in the Phillies only three wins in their last twenty games. Eickhoff now has a 2.01 ERA in the month of June, and opponents are hitting just .229 against him. Severino Gonzalez and Hector Neris both provided a scoreless inning of relief this afternoon, and Jeanmar Gomez came in to pitch the 9th inning to get some work in. Gomez allowed just 1 run on 2 hits. Twins starter Ricky Nolasco suffered the loss today as he falls to 3-5 on the year with an ERA of 4.95. Nolasco allowed 4 runs on 10 hits and 4 walks in 6 and 2/3 innings in this afternoon’s ballgame. Kevin Jepsen also struggled in the game for Minnesota as he allowed three runs (all off Galvis’ home run) in just 2/3 innings.
Up next on the Phillies’ current road trip, the team will travel to San Francisco for a three game weekend series against the NL West leading Giants at AT&T Park. The series begins tomorrow night at 10:15 p.m. as young Phillies starter Zach Eflin (0-2, 10.80 ERA) makes his 3rd career start. Eflin will face the Giants’ veteran right handed starting pitcher Jake Peavy (3-6, 5.47 ERA). Eflin improved mightily for his terrible debut in his last outing, but still suffered the loss. Eflin will be look to help the Phillies start a winning streak as he searches for his 1st career MLB victory.
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