The Philadelphia Phillies RHP Jerad Eickhoff (14-14. 3.74 ERA) was hoping that his offense could somehow find a way to score more than 3 runs off Chicago White Sox sidearming LHP Chris Sale (16-8, 3.03). Eickhoff had the 3rd lowest run support in MLB, 72 R in 180.1, for a meager 3.59 runs per 9 innings.
The Phils put that to rest right away getting to Sale for 6 runs in the first four innings on the way to an 8-3 victory and a of the Pale Hose.
After Eickhoff gave up a solo HR on the second pitch of the game to Adam Eaton (14), Jerad was third most in the NL for HR given up – 26 coming in , the Phillies responded with a three spot on a lead-off single by Cesar Hernandez, and a HBP of Maikel Franco. B2B doubles by Tommy Joseph and Cameron Rupp then made it 3-1 in the 1st inning. They added on two more in the 3rd on a Joseph (21) line drive over the wall in LF, and yet another in the 4th which saw Hernandez triple to score Tyler Goeddel who had singled to start the inning.
Sale had also plunked three batters thru 4 so it was obvious that he did not have it in this one and he was relieved of duty after 4 In, 7H, 6R, all earned, 0BB, 5K, 1 HR, 3 HBP, 72 pitches – 47 mostly hittable strikes.
Eickhoff on the other hand, except for three solo shots – Todd Frazier (38) and Alex Avila (7) each hit one in the 7th – was pretty much in control. It ended up a Solid Seven for Jerad, 6H, 3R, all on Solo HR, 1BB, 6K, 93 pitches – 62 for strikes for the W to raise his record to 11-14, 3.75. Sale earned the L to fall to 16 -9, 3.23, possibly putting a bit of a dent in his Cy Young hopes.
Crunch The #s Phillies sixth sweep of the season. Cesar Hernandez went 2 for 4 and now has an eight game hitting, and 26 game OB streak. Joseph’s HR tied him for fourth place , Scott Rolen (1997), one behind Ryan Howard (2005) for Phillies rookies. Richie Allen 29 (1964) and Willie Montanez 30 (1971) are at the top of the list. That HR also gave the Phillies 40 HR by their 1B’s , most in MLB – Howard had 2 as DH, and Joseph 1 as PH. Eickhoff continued the great run the Phillies starters are on, coming in they had the MLB best ERA in September 2.47 , with the Dodgers in second at 2.60. And lastly this nugget from the venerable Larry Shenk:
Next Ups: The Phillies jump into the Spoiler role in the Wild Card hunt by heading up I-95 to visit the Mets. LHP Adam Morgan (2-10, 5.57) and Seth Lugo (4-2, 2.35) wil pitch in the opener @ 7:10 and I will be back behind the keyboard then as well.