The Phillies (32-44) knew coming into last night’s game that they would have a tough time scoring many runs off Madison Bumgarner and the Giants (48-28). But the Phillies were able to get three runs (all in the 7th inning) and that was just enough for the Phillies’ pitching staff. Cameron Rupp’s big two-run home run to straightaway centerfield gave the Phillies a 3-2 lead they would not surrender.
All of the Phillies’ offense came in the 7th inning of last night’s game as Bumgarner held the team in check through the first 6 innings. But once Bumgarner reached the 7th inning and his pitch count was over 100 pitches, the Phillies jumped on his stuff. Tommy Joseph doubled to lead off the top of the 7th inning, and two batters later Andres Blanco chopped one up the middle to get the Phillies on the board. The next batter, Rupp, brought Blanco and himself with a two run bomb to center that spelled the end for Bumgarner’s night. The Phillies only recorded 6 hits in last night’s game, and the only Phillie to record multiple hits was Joseph. The Giants also recorded just 6 hits and had only one player to record multiple hits, second baseman Joe Panik.
Jeremy Hellickson, like the rest of the Phillies’ pitching staff, has been struggling throughout the month of June. But last night, Hellickson had a solid outing and returned to his dominant early season form. Hellickson pitched 6 very strong innings last night, allowing 2 runs (only one earned) on 5 hits and a walk while earning his 5th win of the season. With last night’s win, Hellickson improves to 5-6 on the year with a 4.23 ERA. While Hellickson was very effective last night, the bullpen was even more dominant. The Phillies used three relievers last night (all threw 1 inning) and they combined to allow just 1 hit in those three innings. Edubray Ramos made his MLB Debut the night before when he recorded the final out in a disaster 7th inning. Last night, however, Ramos had the 7th inning all to himself in a 3-2 ballgame. Ramos delivered, pitching a perfect 7th inning while striking out 2 batters. David Hernandez came in after Ramos and delivered a scoreless 8th inning setting up Jeanmar Gomez with a save opportunity. Gomez pitched a 1-2-3 9th inning on the way to earning his 20th save of the year. Giants starter Bumgarner suffered the loss last night, dropping to 8-4 on the year with a 1.99 ERA.
The Phillies and Giants will play a rubber match this afternoon at 4:05 p.m. at AT&T Park. Aaron Nola (5-7, 4.11 ERA) gets the ball this afternoon for the Phillies against Giants starter Johnny Cueto (11-1, 2.06 ERA). The Phillies will look to earn the first series victory of the month, but they will have to do it against the other Giants ace. The Phillies were able to get to the lefty ace Bumgarner last night, but they will need to do the same thing against Cueto, who has been just as effective this season.
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