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The Philadelphia Phillies will continue play tonight as they start a 3 game series with the Washington Nationals, but before that series starts, let’s take a look back at the series against the Chicago Cubs:
W:Lester(7-3, 2.06) L:Morgan(1-5, 6.70) SV:Rondon(11)
Jon Lester was phenomenal in the Cubs 6-4 victory over the Phillies. Lester pitched 8 scoreless innings as he only allowed 4 hits to go along with 9 strikeouts on the night. The Cubs were on cruise control all night until Freddy Galvis cracked a three-run shot to put the Phillies on the board. Tommy Joseph was next as he followed with a solo shot. Cubs closer Hector Rondon eventually shut the door for the 2-run victory. Phillies pitcher Adam Morgan allowed 3 runs over a 6 innings span. He hasn’t been pitching well lately and he needed a solid outing to help keep his turn in the rotation. Again, he wasn’t great, but he did a nice enough job to stay safe until his next start.
W:Eickhoff(3-8, 3.68) L:Hendricks(4-5, 2.90) SV:Gomez, J(19)
The Phillies got the 3-2 win in the second game of the series. The Phillies were up 1-0 through the first few innings until Ryan Howard blasted a HR over the right-center field wall to put the club up 2-0 in the 4th. That was all the offense the team needed because starting pitcher Jared Eickhoff was great. He allowed 1 run and 2 hits over a 7 inning span. Eickhoff walked 2 batters in the game but managed to strike out 8 while he was at it. The Phillies went into the final game of the series tied up at 1 a piece with the best team in baseball. So far so good…
W:Lackey(7-2, 2.63) L:Oberholtzer(2-1, 5.83)
The third and final game of the series was a 1:05 start as the Phillies held a “business person special.” The day was doomed from the jump. Phillies starting pitcher Vince Velasquez exited the game after just 2 pitches. The rumor of the apparent injury was right bicep discomfort. This can mean anything, but more than likely he’s just sore, or so we hope. As for the game, the Phillies were dead. According to Todd Zolecki, “Lackey allowed just three hits and struck out eight in seven scoreless innings while retiring the final 16 batters he faced.” The Phils couldn’t do shit at the plate against Lackey, the boy had it going and he was hard to touch. When Kris Bryant put a 3-run shot into the seats the game was all but over for the Phillies. One bright spot for the Phils was relief pitcher Brett Oberholtzer. Oberholzter is the long-reliever for the club and he had his work cut out for him since the 2nd pitch of the game when Velasquez left with an injury. BO was able to come in and throw 4 solid innings of 1-run baseball, a really nice outing for the lefty. The Phillies eventually went on to lose the game 8-1.
QUICK NOTE: Phillies place RHP Vince Velasquez on the 15-day DL with a right bicep strain. They have recalled RHP Luis Garcia from Triple-A.
The team will begin their series in Washington tonight with SP Jeremy Hellickson on the mound. That game is scheduled for a 7:05 start, and Mark Ramos is scheduled for that series recap. See you then!