All good things must come to an end. The Phillies lost their first series this weekend against Atlanta since traveling to St. Louis in the beginning of the month.
Runs were at a premium for Philadelphia this weekend at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies took an early 1-0 lead on Friday night with Aaron Nola on the mound. Little did Philadelphia know the RBI groundout from Ryan Howard would be their only run scored the entire game. Nola gave up five runs – only 2 were earned – in seven innings pitched. The Braves tacked two more on in the ninth inning against Brett Oberholtzer. The Phillies would fall to the Braves, 7-1.
Saturday did not fair any better for the Phillies. Adam Morgan earned the start for Philadelphia. Morgan pitched a strong six innings of baseball, allowing four hits and two runs. Those two runs came from a RBI each from Ender Inciarte and Erick Ayber in the fourth inning. The two runs ended up being the two scored the entire game, for either club. The Phillies went scoreless while only accumulating two hits all game. The Phils lost to the Braves, 2-0.
Sunday the bats came alive and the Phillies reversed their course to salvage the weekend series. Jerad Eickhoff started for the Phillies for the final game of the series. Eickhoff pitching brilliantly, going seven solid innings while allowing zero runs off of five hits. The Phillies took an early 2-0 lead in the second inning thanks to a solo home run from Cameron Rupp, breaking the 18 inning scoreless streak, and an RBI single from Peter Bourjos. Eickhoff helped his cause with a RBI groundout in the fourth inning to increase the lead for Philadelphia, 3-0. Maikel Franco put the game out of reach in the fifth inning with a two run single. The Phillies went on to win, 5-0.
The Phillies are about to embark on a tough road trip that will test what this club is made of. They head to Detroit for Interleague Play. First pitch is at 7:10 pm tomorrow for game one of the three-game series.