The Phillies’ offense has risen to a new level over the last 15 or so games, and it has translated to success for the entire team. The recent success by the offense has taken the load off of the starting rotation, and has given the starters more confidence on the mound. Over the last few games, the long ball has been what has really powered the offense, and today was the same story. The Phillies added two more home runs this afternoon, with Freddy Galvis providing the game-winning two-run homerun in the bottom of the 8th inning that gave the Phillies the 4-3 lead. The Phillies win today gives the a series sweep over the Braves (their 3rd straight series victory), and the team’s 8th win in their last 9 games.
Through the first two innings of this afternoon’s ballgame, both teams were very quiet on offense. But in the top of the 3rd inning, the Braves jumped out to a 1-0 lead thanks to a bases loaded walk by Freddie Freeman. The Phillies would tie the game up at 1 in the 5th inning thanks to an RBI double by Odubel Herrera, who was selected to his first All-Star Game last night. The Braves would jump back in front in the top of the 6th inning off an RBI double by Adonis Garcia. Maikel Franco answered right back in the bottom half of the inning, as he homered in his 4th straight ballgame, with this one being a solo home run to left field (his 17th homer on the year). Garcia plated Jeff Francouer with an RBI double in the top of the 8th to put the Braves back in front 3-2. But Galvis would hit what would prove to be the game winning two-run homer to deep right field in the bottom of the 8th.
Phillies starter Jeremy Hellickson pitched a quality outing for the team today, as he allowed just 2 runs (only one earned) on 4 hits and 2 walks in 6 solid innings of work. Hellickson, however, did not get a decision in the Phillies’ win, but he did lower his ERA to 3.92. Hector Neris allowed the Braves to take the lead in the 8th inning, but thanks to Galvis’ home run, he earned the win in today’s game. Jeanmar Gomez pitched a perfect 9th inning for the Phillies and picked up his 23rd save of the year. Braves starter Tyrell Jenkis allowed just one run on 4 hits, but only got through 4 and 2/3 innings of work. Arodys Vizcaino suffered the loss and a blown save (his 3rd of the season) for the Braves, as he falls to 1-4 on the year with a 2.75 ERA.
The Phillies will be travelling to Colorado for a four game weekend series against the Rockies to wrap up the first half of the season. The series will begin tomorrow at 8:40 p.m. at Coors Field. Adam Morgan will be making the start tomorrow in place of Aaron Nola, who will not pitch tomorrow so he can have time to take a break and clear his head over the All-Star break in hopes that he can get out of his current slump on the mount. Morgan (1-6, 6.31 ERA) will take on Rockies starter Chad Bettis (6-6, 5.85 ERA).
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