The Phillies’ offense backed another solid start by rookie pitcher Zach Eflin by scoring 10 runs on 13 hits on the way to defeating the Rockies (40-48) by a final score of 10-3. The win today puts the Phillies at 42-48 at the All-Star break, which is better than most people expected coming into the season. The Phillies’ roller coaster first half was finished on a positive note, as the Phillies won 10 of their last 13 games after today’s victory.
The Rockies got on the board first in this afternoon’s game, as starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood helped his own caused with an RBI single that gave the Rockies a 1-0 lead. The Phillies answered back in the 3rd inning, thanks to a two-RBI double by Cody Asche and an RBI single by the man of the day, Cameron Rupp, that made it 3-1 Phillies. Rupp continued his impressive performance at the dish in the 5th inning, as he delivered an RBI single to make it 4-1 Phillies. An RBI double by Nick Hundley in the 6th inning brought the Rockies within two, but the Phillies would blow the game open after that point, striking for six unanswered runs. Rupp capped off his big day at the plate with a two-run home run in the 7th inning to put the Phillies up 6-2. Freddy Galvis delivered an RBI single in the 8th inning to make it 7-2 Phillies. The next batter, Maikel Franco, blasted a three-run homer to deep left field to give the Phillies the 10-2 advantage. Franco’s home run was listed at 462 feet and was the longest by a Phillies player since Ryan Howard in 2009. Franco and Rupp showed up in a huge way at the dish today for the Phillies. Franco went 3 for 5 with a home run, 3 RBIs, and 3 runs scored, while Rupp went 4 for 5 with a home run, 4 RBIs, and a run scored.
Coming off of the best outing of his young career, Eflin provided the Phillies with another solid outing, and further proved he has improved greatly since his rocky debut. Eflin picked up his 2nd career victory, as he allowed just 2 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks in 6 innings of work. Eflin improves to 2-2 with a 4.08 ERA after today’s win. In his two starts in July, Eflin went 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA in 15 innings of work. Rockies starter Chatwood suffered the loss in today’s game, as he allowed 4 runs on 8 hits and 3 walks in 5 innings pitched.
The Phillies will be off for the All-Star break until Friday when the rival New York Mets come to town for a three game weekend series. The Phillies’ lone All-Star, Odubel Herrera, will be headed to San Diego to participate in the Midsummer Classic on Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. on FOX. Phillies manager Pete Mackanin announced that Jeremy Hellickson (6-6, 3.92 ERA) will take the mound for the Phillies when the team returns to action Friday night against the Mets. Hellickson will face Mets starter Jacob deGrom (5-4, 2.61 ERA) at 7:05 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park.
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