The Declaration of Independence was signed in the great city of Philadelphia 240 years ago today. This great country’s pastime is baseball. So it’s only right that the baseball team from this great city honors this great country by getting a win on Independence Day. While rocking some cool, patriotic uniforms, the Phillies (38-46) used a 7-run second inning to put the Braves (28-55) away early and go on to win by a final of 8-2. Jerad Eickhoff, led by a strong backing by the offense, put together another quality outing and shut down the Atlanta offense en route to the convincing win this afternoon.
The Phillies found themselves in an early 1-0 hole after a solo home run by Braves shortstop Erick Aybar in the top of the 1st inning, but it was one that they would easily climb out of. After back-to-back doubles by Cameron Rupp and Tommy Joseph to lead off the inning, Freddy Galvis grounded out to get the Phillies on the board and kick off a big inning by the offense. The next batter, Cesar Hernandez tripled to right field to score Joseph, and he would later score on a throwing error to make it 3-1 Phillies. The Phillies were not even close being done in the inning, as Odubel Herrera and Maikel Franco would each hit two-run homers and give the Phillies a 7-1 lead after 2 innings of play. Neither team would score until the 7th inning, when Joseph drove in a run on an RBI single to right center field. The Braves would tack on one more run n the 8th inning on an RBI single by Nick Markakis. Hernandez and Peter Bourjos led the way for the Phillies offensively, as they each had 3 hits and combined for half of the team’s hits in the ball game.
Phillies starter Eickhoff allowed the solo homer to Aybar, the second batter of the game, but shook it off and cruised to another solid outing. Eickhoff came up one out short of 8 innings, as he allowed 2 runs on 5 hits 3 walks in 7 and 2/3 innings of work. With the win today, Eickhoff improves to 6-9 on the year with a 3.30 ERA. David Hernandez recorded the final out in the 8th inning, and Severino Gonzalez came in and pitched a scoreless 9th inning of relief. Braves starter Joel De La Cruz had a rough go of it this afternoon, as he allowed 7 runs (4 earned) on 9 hits in 6 innings of work. De La Cruz suffered the loss in today’s contest and falls to 0-2 on the year with a 5.25 ERA.
The Phillies and Braves will play the second of three games tomorrow night at Citizens Bank Park at 7:05 p.m. Young Phillies starter Zach Eflin (0-2, 5.75 ERA) will take the mound against Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz (2-2, 3.72 ERA). Eflin and the Phillies will look to continue to stay hot as they approach the All-Star break. The team will be looking for its 7th win in 8 games.
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