Bats come alive for Phillies in Minny, but pitching remains erratic

Series Scope

Looking to snap a longstanding losing streak where little had gone right, the Phillies headed to Minnesota to find any semblance of consistency. They did find that consistency offensively as Philadelphia swung the bats well in each of the 3 games. The clubs pitching, however, (aside from Jerad Eickhoff’s strong performance in series ‘finale) was up and down for the series. All in all, that just happened to be the nature of this series as every inning seemed to be one of offensive surges. No pitcher was safe before the Phillies finally put it all together in game 3 and turned in one of their more complete outings in some time.

Game 1

Aaron Nola took the ball for the Phils in game 1 and then the team proceeded to take part in a slugfest that saw a combined 28 hits. Odubel Herrera (2-4), Maikel Franco (2-5, 4 RBI) and Peter Bourjos (3-4, 3 RBI) led the way for Philadelphia offensively in a seesaw game that the club eventually would lose 14-10. Ultimately, it was Twins’ catcher Kurt Suzuki that had the best day at the plate as he went 4-5 with 6 RBI and was just a triple shy of a cycle. That was enough for the Twins to outlast the Phillies in a contest that could have gone either way.

Obviously, this offensive outburst is a good sign for the Phillies, as they have had trouble manufacturing runs for the season. The rate Philly scored at this weekend likely isn’t sustainable, but it was encouraging and could get some players going in the coming matchups for the team.

Did you know?

After a strong start to the season, Aaron Nola has hit a wall lately. According to MLB.com beat writer Do-Hyoung Park, Nola has allowed 22 hits, 17 earned runs, seven walks and has struck out 10 in 9 2/3 innings in his last three starts. That also equates to an ERA over 15 during that span.

Game 2

The Phils’ bats stayed hot in game 2 and actually took a lead into the 5th inning on the strength of a 3-run rally before the Twins tallied 13 hits for the game and eventually overtook Philadelphia. The Phillies dropped their 9th straight game, 6-5, while Adam Morgan took the ball for the Phillies and allowed 11 of the Twins’ 13 hits in the loss. One has to wonder if this will be the last we see of Morgan this season as Vince Velasquez is expected to return to the Phillies rotation in the near future and Morgan has struggled mightily in his last few starts.

Did you know?

According to Phillies beat reporter Todd Zolecki, the Phillies 9 game losing streak is their worst since 1999, when they had an 11-game losing streak in September.

Game 3

Everything came together in game 3 for the Phillies as the club had 15 hits and Jerad Eickoff turned in a rock solid performance on the mound. Philadelphia would snap their 9 game losing streak with a 7-3 victory yesterday and once again, received some contributions from players who have struggled of late. Cesar Hernández (4-4), Ryan Howard (2-5, RBI) and Freddy Galvis (2-3, 5 RBI) led the way for the Phillies but moreover, the team was able to effectively produce offense for the 3rd straight game. Philadelphia’s win not only snaps their losing streak but also ends their worst stretch of play since 1999, according to beat reporter Todd Zolecki.

Jerad Eickoff has been the Phillies stopper of late as the club has won just three times since June 5, but it has been Eickhoff who has claimed the win in each of those games. Eickhoff allowed 5 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk and fanned 4 Twins’ hitters in 6 innings of work.

Did you know?

The Phillies managed to score a combined 22 runs in the series.

 

 

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