The Phillies flew from Miami to Atlanta with an 18-14 record. Tonight they return home to Philadelphia with a 20-15 record after taking 2 games from the worst team in baseball.
Many thought the Phillies would be the worst team in baseball at this point, other than the people that follow baseball closely. A blind Arya Stark would have been able to see how God awful the Braves are. I, for one, thought the Phils would have the third worst record in baseball at this point. I, like so many others, was wrong. Right now this team is tied for the 8th best record in the league. Of course it’s still early, but admit it.. This is the most fun you’ve had as a fan since the 2011 season.
This team is exciting and they are never out of a game. As fans we have to sit back and enjoy this. The pitching has been there. If the team could find some much needed offense they could win more games than they already have been. Maybe the offense will come with time. Until then, check out the series recap:
W: Morgan (1-0) L:Wisler (1-3) SV: Gomez (12)
The Phillies took game one with a score of 3-2. Adam Morgan pitched well in the win (7 IP, 1ER, 4H, 1BB, 4K.) Anytime the Phillies can get 7 innings from Adam Morgan they will trot him out there without hesitation. Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco provided the offense with a 3for4 night that included a HR. Franco only seen 8 pitches at the plate but he made the most of them. The Braves were holding on for dear life but Jeanmar Gomez eventually shut the door for the save. Gomez served up 4 deep fly balls that were hairy, luckily only one left the yard. Either way the Phillies walked away with the win in game 1 and for that.. we’re thankful.
W: Perez (1-0) L: Eickhoff (1-5)
Game 2 was a tough one for the Phillies as they faced a starter they were not prepared for. Williams Perez was recalled from Triple-A to start for Atlanta when expected starter Jhoulys Chacin was traded to the Angels on Wednesday afternoon. Perez was stellar vs the Phils as he was perfect as he entered the 5th inning until Ryan Howard homered for the Phillies. Perez surrendered just 2 hits through 8 innings as the Phils struggled mightily with the bats. Freddie Freeman had 3 hits for the Braves along with a 5th inning homer that led to Eickhoff leaving the game. Eickhoff struggled early as he allowed 3 singles in the first inning all while throwing 27 pitches. The lone bright spot for the Phillies was Howard’s home run in the 5th. The round tripper was Ryan’s 22nd career HR at Turner Field.
W: Bailey (2-0) L: Grilli (1-2) SV: Gomez (13)
It took the Phillies an extra frame to finish off the Braves on Thursday night, yet they got the job done. The Phillies set the tone in the top of the 1st inning with a sac fly by Maikel Franco that scored El Torito. Later in the 4th Galvis blasted a home run that scored Ryan Howard to push the score to 3-0, and later made it a 4 run lead after a throwing error. Atlanta didn’t quit though. They tied the game in the bottom half of the 7th at 4 all which lead to an extra frame. In the extra frame the Phillies started off great with a lead-off triple by Odubel Herrera. For a moment, it seemed as if the Phillies were gonna waste “Little Bull’s” effort after Franco and Ruf both struck out. Blanco was hit by a pitch, and Galvis walked to load the bases. With 2 outs, catcher Cameron Rupp dug in and smoked a double into the gap to clear the bases. Jeanmar Gomez came in yet again and closed the door on Atlanta for the series by notching his 13th save on the year which is tops in baseball.
The Phillies are fucking hot man. There’s no other way to look at it. They may not win games by huge margins, and they may cause us to experience shortness of breath while watching the games, but they’re finding a way to get the job done and we have to love them for that. This is fun. I’m a busy man so I’m writing this post later than I wanted to and the team actually just won another game in their first game vs Cincy. But make sure to stay tuned for Mark’s recap on that series, as it will be his turn in the rotation.
Just enjoy this while it lasts..