The Phillies finished up a series with the stinky fish of Miami yesterday and yet again took 2 of 3 from their opponent. It’s not always pretty but somehow this team continues to get the job done. Baseball fans know that series sweeps are hard to do, especially with little to no offense, however, when a team can continue to win 2 games in a series whether it’s a 3 or 4 game series they will continue to pad their win total. Right now, this Phillies team continues to steal victories. This is how they did just that in this series:
W:Conley(3-2, 3.40) L:Eickhoff(1-6, 4.44) SV:Ramos(12)
Marcell Ozuna lead the way for the Marlins as they took game one from the Phillies. Ozuna got the fish on the board early with a HR, and extended his hitting streak to 16 games. Justin Bour hit another ball deep for Miami, shortly after, the club tacked on more runs with a small ball approach that was too much for the Phillies to climb out of. Though the fish won the game 5-3, the Phillies had nothing going through the first 6 innings. Miami starter Adam Conley pitched 6 innings of 1 run baseball. The Phillies stranded 10 runners and batted 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position. Tommy Joseph did collect his first major league hit in the game so at least we got that out of the way.
W:Velasquez(5-1, 2.42) L:Chen(3-2, 4.22) SV:Gomez, J(15)
In game 2 of the series Vince Velasquez was electric once again. Velasquez started the game in a first inning jam but worked his way out of it to pitch 5 shutout innings. The bullpen came in to finish the day for Velasquez starting with Elvis Araujo, followed by David Hernandez, Hector Neris, and finally Jeanmar Gomez. In total, the Phillies pitchers struck out 17 hitters on the night (Velasquez 10, bullpen 7). A night removed from his first major league hit, first basemen Tommy Joseph lead the way with a 3-4 night and his first major league home run. Phils skipper Pete Mackanin penciled Joseph in the 4 hole and it obviously paid off. Marcell Ozuna also snapped his hitting streak in this one ending the streak at 16 games. The Phils played a nice game Tuesday night to tie the series at a game a piece heading into the final game. Final score: 3-1
W:Hellickson(4-2, 3.99) L:Koehler(2-4, 4.71) SV:Gomez, J(16)
In the final game of the series the teams took the field under the sun. Wednesday and Thursday day games have become somewhat of a tradition since Citizen’s Bank Park has opened in 2004. The Phillies took the field in their fresh AF red alternate unis that were introduced earlier this year. Once the game started, Miami jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first. The Phillies would eventually come right back in the bottom half of the 3rd inning with a 3 run inning that would put them on top for good. Andres Blanco got the scoring started with an RBI double as he continues to come through time after time for the Phillies. Later in the inning, catcher Cameron Rupp blasted a 2 run single in his first game back since he injured his ankle on that bang-bang play vs Cincinnati. Starter Jeremy Hellickson pitched a strong outing after settling in after the 2-run first. Hellickson bounced back to pitch 6 innings and he retired 11 straight batters at one point in the game. Phillies rookie Tyler Goeddel smoked his first major league home run to left center field for an extra insurance run for the team. Goeddel received the silent treatment as he entered the dugout after rounding the bases. This team is all about keeping the clubhouse loose and keeping the game fun. We can’t argue that it hasn’t worked. Jeanmar Gomez shut the door yet again with his 16th save of the season. The Phillies win another series and god dammit, it feels good.
Giancarlo Stanton couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a boat this series. In 10 at-bats the Phillies kept the slugger hit-less while striking him out 9 times!