It’s been quite a few days for young Phillies outfielder Roman Quinn. After going 0 for 4 in his first career big league start on Sunday afternoon against Washington, Quinn has gone 6 for 11, including his 2 for 5 night last night, in his last three games. His defense and speed have also been on display, and last night he threw out a runner trying to score from second on a base hit with a 96 mph bullet from center field. Quinn’s two hits last nights were just two of 15 by the Phillies as a whole. The Phillies (65-81) continued to score runs in the early innings as they put up five runs in the first four innings on the way to defeating the Pirates (70-74) by a final of 6-2.
Freddy Galvis’ power surge this season has caught the attention of many, and last night he helped the Phillies strike first with his two-run home run to left field in the second inning. Galvis now sits one home run away from reaching 20 home runs in a season for the first time in his career, and two home runs away from tripling his previous season-high of seven. The Phillies struck for two more in the third, with two coming across on an RBI double by Cameron Rupp, and the other scoring on an error. The Pirates cut the Phillies lead in half with two of their own in the top of the fourth, with one run coming off a solo homer by Andrew McCutchen and the other on a sac fly by Sean Rodriguez. In the bottom of the inning, Maikel Franco extended the Phillies lead with an RBI double in the left-center field gap. Tommy Joseph capped off the scoring in the game with a solo home run to left field, his 19th of the season, that gave the Phillies a 6-2 advantage through six innings. With 19 homers in his rookie season, Joseph now has the third most home runs by a Phillies rookie, and ironically the player he is playing over, Ryan Howard, is at the top of that list. Joseph led the way for the Phillies, going 2 for 4 with a double, an RBI, and three runs scored in last night’s game.
Phillies rookie starting pitcher Jake Thompson continued his string of solid outings with another six strong innings last night, and this time he was finally rewarded by his offense with his second career win. Thompson allowed just two runs on six hits and three walks in his six innings of work. With last night’s win, Thompson now sits at 2-5 on the year with a 5.64 ERA. Five Phillies relievers combined to hold the Pirates scoreless through the final three innings of last night’s game, with Jeanmar Gomez recording the final two outs on the way to earning his 37th save of the season. Pirates starter Steven Brault’s struggles continued last night, as he suffered his third loss of the season while only lasting three and two-thirds innings. Brault allowed five runs (three earned) on nine hits in just his three and two-thirds innings. Brault now falls to 0-3 with a 3.90 ERA after last night’s loss.
The Phillies and Pirates will conclude their four game “Keystone” series tonight at Citizens Bank Park. Jerad Eickhoff (10-13, 3.73 ERA) has been the workhorse of this Phillies rotation and will take the mound again tonight against Pirates starter Chad Kuhl (3-3, 4.09 ERA) at 7:05 p.m. Eickhoff will look to earn a series victory over their cross-state rivals with a win in tonight’s game, while the Pirates will be looking to salvage a split in the four game series with a win tonight.
Photo via Zimbio.com
Tyler King covers the Phillies for PHLSportsNation.com. He can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter (@t_king26).