Entering this series having lost 6 games straight, the Phillies continue to find themselves further away from the team that began the year red hot. The club entered this series scoring three runs or fewer in every game of their losing streak. This has been a microcosm of their season to date as the Phils have scored three runs or less in 34 of 54 games they have played to this point in the season. Here is your game by game recap of how the Phillies took 2 of 4 with the Milwaukee Brewers in town this past weekend:
Jared Eickhoff would take the ball for the Phillies in the opening game of the series. Like many of his pitching efforts this season, the Phillies were short on offense as the team was only able to muster up 5 hits for the contest. Third Baseman Maikel Franco and Tommy Joseph each had 2 hits for the game, while the recently acquired utility man Jimmy Paredes provided a base hit as well. Eickhoff’s win/loss record fell to 2-8 on the season and he did leave the game in the 7th due to being hit on the ankle by a hard, comeback hit but personally I feel that he’s pitched better than that record would indicate. Much more pressing issues lie with the team’s inability to consistently produce offense.
According to MLB.com writer Paul Hagan, Philadelphia has a record of 14-6 when scoring more than 4 runs a game. The club has played in many more games this season, however, where they’ve scored 3 runs or less this season (34) and have won just 12 games this season when that happens.
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According to MLB.com writer Paul Hagan, Franco’s 2 hits in the contest, he is swinging a monstrous .529 in 4 games against the Brewers in the 2016 season.
The Phillies would turn to Vince Velasquez in game 2 of the series and he struggled, despite the club winning the game. Much like the rest of the team, Velazquez started the season hot but, lately has seen his ERA blow up to a shade 10 in his last 2 starts. Vince only managed to go 4 innings, allowing 2 runs, 3 walks with 6 strikeouts in the team’s win as he ran until some trouble in the 3rd and 4th innings. Vince, however, was handed a no decision in the game. Relievers’ Andrew Bailey, Hernandez, Neris and Gomez went the rest of the way for the Phillies and rounded out the pitching performance in the 6-3 win.
The offense came in the form of Andres Blanco (3 RBI), Tommy Joseph (2-4), and Cameron Rupp (2-2, HR and double) powered the club in the win. The Phillies managed to win their first game at Citizens Bank ballpark against the Brewers since July of 2013, according to MLB.com writer Paul Hagan.
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Once again referring to Paul Hagan, Velasquez allowed two earned runs in the win. That equaled the number of runs he allowed at Citizens Bank Park in 24 1/3 innings over four starts in 2016.
The Brewers would return the favor with a 6-3 win of their own on Saturday as the Phillies pitching came up short in the club’s 29th loss of the season. Jeremy Hellickson was the Phils starter, but it was the bullpen that struggled as Hector Neris gave up the go-ahead run for the 2nd time in 4 appearances. He entered a game knotted at 3 apiece in the 8th inning, but Domingo Santana homered to lead off the inning and in the process, gave the Brewers a lead that they never relinquished.
Lately, it’s been a game of firsts for the Phillies as Tommy Joseph and Cesar Hernandez’s home runs in the 2nd inning of Saturday’s contest marked the first time all season that the Phillies hit more than one home run in one inning, according to MLB.com reporter Evan Webeck. The club has hit the second fewest homers this season. The Atlanta Braves are the only team in the league with less.
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According to MLB.com reporter Evan Webeck, Cesar Hernandez’s home run was his 1st in 501 at-bats. The Phillies middle infielder last homered in May of 2015.
The Phillies would salvage the series with a drumming of the Crew on Sunday with an 8-1 victory. Nola took the bump for Philadelphia and turned in a strong, 6 inning performance, as he pitched his way out of trouble several times during the game. The Brewers put a runner on base in each inning Nola went out, which included multiple runners in some cases.
In addition to this, everything seemed to come together for the Phillies offensively. Maikel Franco, Jimmy Paredes and Cameron Rupp all went yard for the Phillies, providing the team with more than enough offense in the win. And to keep with the “first time all year” theme, this marked the first time all season that the Phillies scored more than three runs in a inning.
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Outfielder Odubel Herrera went 4-5 in the teams’ 8-1 win, bumping his average up to a club-best .317 for 2016.