The Phillies’ offense showed up for the second straight night, and got another quality start from Jerad Eickhoff on the way to sweeping out the White Sox in this brief two-game interleague series at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies (69-83) scored six runs through the first four innings on the way to topping the White Sox (72-80) by a final of 8-3 to earn the brief series sweep.
The White Sox got a leadoff home run by the first batter of the game, Adam Eaton, to take the early 1-0 lead before the Phillies got to bat. However, when the Phillies got their shot in the bottom of the first, they got that run back and more. An RBI double by Tommy Joseph and a two-RBI double by Cameron Rupp gave the Phillies a 3-1 lead after one inning of play. Joseph drove home two more via his 21st homer of the season, this one a two-run shot to left that plated Roman Quinn and extended the Phils’ lead to 5-1. Cesar Hernandez padded the lead in the fourth with an RBI triple to deep right field that made it a 6-1 game. Maikel Franco capped off the Phillies’ scoring in the sixth with a bases loaded single that plated two more and put the game out of reach. Franco and Joseph led the way for the Phillies as they combined to go 4 for 9 with five RBIs and three runs scored.
Eickhoff continued his solid first full season with the Phillies with another solid outing in tonight’s game. Eickhoff went seven innings in tonight’s game, allowing three runs on six hits and one walk while picking up his 11th win of the season. After the win tonight, Eickhoff improves to 11-14 on the year with a 3.75 ERA. White Sox ace Chris Sale had an excellent first half of the season, but he has struggled in the second half of the year, and those struggles continued tonight. Sale suffered the loss for the ChiSox tonight as he allowed six runs on seven hits in just four innings of work. Sale falls to 16-9 with a 3.23 ERA after tonight’s loss.
After sweeping the White Sox at home in a brief two-game interleague series, the Phillies will travel to New York for a four game series against their archrival New York Mets. Phillies starter Adam Morgan (2-10, 5.57 ERA) will take the mound on the road against Mets starter Seth Lugo (4-2, 2.35 ERA) in game one at Citi Field. Morgan will look to help the Phillies finish the 2016 on a high note and possibly spoil the Mets’ postseason aspirations in the process.
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