Odubel Herrera has had an excellent September so far, and it has helped him become Pete Mackanin’s everyday three-hole hitter, a role he had earlier in the season. Herrera brought his hot bat to the ballpark again tonight as he racked up three more hits and driving in three runs. Herrera and the Phillies’ (68-83) offense provided some solid run support for Jake Thompson as he picked up the win in tonight’s 7-6 victory over the White Sox (72-79).
Herrera got the Phillies on the board in the bottom of the first inning with a two-run home run into the Phils bullpen that gave them an early 2-0 advantage. The White Sox would take the lead in the top of the third on a three-run homer by Melky Cabrera, but the Phils answered back in the bottom half of the inning to quickly retake the lead. An RBI double by Tommy Joseph and an error that plated Joseph put the Phils out in front after three innings of play. Herrera drove in his third run of the game in the fifth inning, this time singling home Roman Quinn. Quinn drove in two of his own on a single to right field in the sixth inning that stretched the Phillies lead to 7-3. The White Sox would score three runs in the top of the ninth to make it a one run game, but the Phillies would get just enough offense to pick up the win tonight. Quinn also had himself another impressive game as he went 2 for 4 with two RBIs and two runs scored.
Phillies rookie starter Thompson didn’t have his best outing of the season (and not his worst), but his offense provided him with plenty of run support in tonight’s game. The Phillies’ plan to limit the innings has worked well, and Thompson went just five innings in tonight’s game. Thompson allowed three runs on four hits and three walks in his five innings of work. He would earn the win in tonight’s game as he improves to 3-5 on the year with a 5.62 ERA. Jeanmar Gomez struggled in the ninth inning as he allowed the White Sox to come within one run of tying the game up, but Michael Mariot came in and shut down the White Sox offense. Mariot picked up his first save on the season for the Phillies after recording the final out in tonight’s game. White Sox starter James Shields suffered the loss in tonight’s game as he allowed seven runs (six earned) on nine hits and three walks in five and two-thirds innings. Shields now falls to 5-18 on the year with a 5.98 ERA after the loss in tonight’s game.
The Phillies and White Sox will conclude their brief, two-game interleague series tomorrow night at Citizens Bank Park. Phillies starter Jerad Eickhoff (10-14, 3.74 ERA) will take the mound against one of the best starters in all of baseball in White Sox ace Chris Sale (16-8, 3.03 ERA). Eickhoff will look to out-pitch arguably the best left-handed pitcher in the game behind Clayton Kershaw in Sale and help the Phils pick up a quick two game sweep of the White Sox tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m.
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Tyler King covers the Phillies for PHLSportsNation.com. He can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter (@t_king26).