The Phillies played very solid baseball for the first month and a half of the season, consistently winning two of three games against teams in a three game series. However, the last month and a half has been the exact opposite. But today the Phillies (35-45) beat the Diamondbacks (36-45) in a thrilling 10 inning game that gave the Phillies the series sweep. The series sweep gives the Phillies a 5-4 record on the road trip and the team’s first series sweep since April 29-May 1.
The Phillies have hit the ball extremely well on this road trip, and today was no different. However, the Diamondbacks also brought their bats to the ballpark today and it resulted in a back and forth, see-saw game. The Phillies took the early lead in the 1st inning when Peter Bourjos went yard to give the Phillies an early 2-0 lead. However, Jake Lamb’s three-run homer in the bottom of the 1st put the Dbacks in front 3-2, and a sac fly from Jean Segura made it 4-2 after 2 innings. Cody Asche doubled home Zach Eflin in the 5th to bring the Phillies within one, and in the 7th inning Asche singled home a run to tie the game for the Phillies. Things started to get crazy during the bottom of the 7th inning when the Dbacks put up 3 runs to retake the lead. But the Phillies would put a four spot up in the top of the 8th inning thanks to a 2-RBI single by Andres Blanco, a run scored off of an error, and another RBI from Asche and regain the lead for the first time since the 1st inning. Arizona would answer right back in the bottom half of the 8th as an infield single by Segura brought home the tying run. The Phillies would be quick to score once the game went into extra innings, as Tyler Goeddel drove in the eventual winning run on a sac fly. Asche was the player of the game today for the Phillies, as he went 3 for 5 with 3 runs batted in.
Phillies rookie starter Eflin made his fourth start with the big league club, and pitched a solid game on the way to a no-decision. Eflin allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 6 hits in 6 innings of work this afternoon. Jeanmar Gomez picked up the win in today’s ballgame as he recorded the final out in the 8th inning and pitched a scoreless 9th inning. Brett Oberholtzer picked up his 1st career save in the big leagues as he pitched a scoreless bottom of the 10th inning to preserve the win for the Phils. Dbacks starter Archie Bradley worked through 6 innings today, allowing 3 runs on 8 hits and a walk. Silvino Bracho suffered the loss in today’s game, as he allowed the go-ahead run to score for the Phillies in the top of the 10th inning.
The Phillies have an off day tomorrow as the team returns home from their 9 game road trip in which the team went 5-4. The Phillies will face the defending World Series champion Kansas City Royals for a three game weekend series at Citizens Bank Park. Jeremy Hellickson (5-6, 4.23 ERA) will get the ball for the Phillies on Friday against Royals starter Ian Kennedy (6-6, 3.96 ERA) in the opening game of the series. The Phillies will look to continue their hot hitting that they had on the road trip and take 2 out of 3 games against Kansas City as the team looks to inch their way back towards .500 baseball.
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