The Phillies (43-49) picked up their first win of the second half of the 2016 MLB Season last night, as they defeated the Mets (48-42). The Phillies found themselves down 2-1 after the 4th inning, but the team would rally to score three unanswered runs. The Phillies went on top in the bottom of the 7th inning when Maikel Franco drove in the eventual game-winning run on an RBI single that gave the Phillies a 3-2 lead. The bullpen came up big as they shut down the Mets’ offense and preserved the team’s 4-2 victory over New York.
There wasn’t a whole lot of fireworks at the plate last night, but Ryan Howard provided some early sparks as he sent a 1-1 pitch from Mets starter Logan Verrett into the Mets’ bullpen to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead in the 2nd inning. Two sacrifice flies by Jose Reyes and Travid d’Arnaud gave the Mets a 2-1 lead after the 4th inning. The Phillies answered back in the bottom of the 5th inning, when Cody Asche drove in the game-tying run with an RBI ground out. Franco came up big for the Phillies as he singled to left field to put the team on top 3-2. Carlos Ruiz showed off his speed in the bottom of the 8th inning as he scored on a wild pitch, as he put the Phillies up 4-2 and gave them the insurance once they needed.
Phillies starter Jerad Eickhoff didn’t get the win in last night’s ballgame, but he did exactly what every starting pitcher is supposed to do. When Eickhoff exited the game, the Phillies had an excellent chance to win the ballgame. Eickhoff pitched 6 very solid innings last night, as he allowed 2 runs on 5 hits and just 1 walk. Edubray Ramos relieved Eickhoff as he pitched a perfect 7th inning, picking up his first major league win in the process. Hector Neris pitched a shutout 8th inning and gave the ball to Jeanmar Gomez for the save. Gomez pitched a perfect 9th inning and notched his 25th save of the season, which keeps in a tie for 6th place among the league leaders in saves. Mets reliever Jerry Blevins suffered the loss last night, as he falls to 3-1 on the year with a 2.08 ERA.
The Phillies and Mets will play a rubber match this afternoon at Citizens Bank Park at 1:35 p.m. Phillies starter Zach Eflin (2-2, 4.08 ERA) will make his first start of the 2nd half as he goes up against Mets ace Jacob deGrom (5-4, 2.61 ERA). Eflin and the Phillies will look to open up the second half with a series victory against their arch-rival.
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