After being out scored 18-1 in their previous two games, a 9-0 loss to the Cardinals on Sunday and a 9-1 last night to the White Sox, the Phillies needed to answer back and put up a fight in tonight’s game. The Phillies got off to a great start in tonight’s game, scoring the first four runs of the game. Jerad Eickhoff delivered a solid 6 innings of work on the mound and turned the ball over to the bullpen with a lead. Jeanmar Gomez struggled, but was able to pick up his 34th save of the season and hold on to give the Phillies (59-68) a 5-3 victory over the White Sox (60-65), and earn them a series split in this short two game interleague series.
Aaron Altherr got the Phillies on the board first with an RBI single in the top of the 2nd to make it a 1-0 game. Freddy Galvis scored Altherr on an RBI double that put the Phils up by 2 after 2 innings of play. Cesar Hernandez delivered a solo home run to left field in the top of the 3rd to extend the Phils’ lead. Tommy Joseph delivered his 2nd extra base hit of the night in the top of the 6th when he hit a solo home run to left center field that just cleared the wall to make it a 4-0 Phillies lead. The White Sox answered back in the bottom half of the 6th with a two-run homer by Dionner Navarro to cut the Phils’ lead in half. Altherr delivered again, however, in the bottom of the 8th to give the Phillies’ bullpen some added insurance that helped the team pick up the win tonight. Altherr and Joseph combined to record 4 of the team’s 10 hits, while Altherr scored 1 run and drove in 2, and Joseph scored twice and drove in 1 run.
Eickhoff delivered a solid quality start for the team tonight, something they really needed after the last two games. Eickhoff picked up his 9th win of the season, improving to 9-12 on the year with a 3.87 ERA. Eickhoff allowed just 2 runs on 4 hits in his 6 innings of work tonight. Edubray Ramos and Hector Neris each pitched a scoreless inning of relief for the ball club, with Neris continuing his impressive stretch by pitching a hit-less bottom of the 8th and picking up his 27th hold of the season, which is tied for 2nd in the entire league. Gomez struggled in the 9th inning, allowing the White Sox to bring the tying run to reach base, but he held his ground and picked up his 34th save of the season. Gomez is now tied for 5th among the league leaders in saves after tonight’s game. White Sox starter James Shields suffered the loss for the team tonight, as he falls to 5-16 on the season with a 5.98 ERA. Shields allowed 4 runs on 7 hits in 6 innings of work.
The Phillies are off tomorrow as they will be traveling to New York to begin a three game series against their arch-rivals, the Mets, on Friday night. Adam Morgan (1-7, 6.21 ERA) will get the ball for the Phillies as he takes on Mets starter, and the ageless wonder, Bartolo Colon (11-7, 3.36 ERA). The Phillies will look to get back on track after their struggles over the past week, although tonight’s win could serve as a confidence booster for some guys. The Phillies will look to continue to get closer to .500 baseball, and in the process knock the Mets farther down in the NL Wildcard standings with a few wins this weekend.
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