The Philadelphia Phillies (40-46) took advantage of a two-run, go-ahead 8th inning home run by Freddy Galvis to complete the sweep in Wednesday afternoon’s 4-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves (28-57).
It was looking like a pitchers duel early, as both starters were effective. Jeremy Hellickson (6-6, 3.92 ERA) set down the first seven he faced in order, before a single and an error by Cesar Hernandez got him in a jam. Two walks in the inning later, and Atlanta had a 1-0 lead with the unearned run in the 3rd.
The Phillies, facing Tyrell Jenkins (0-1, 4.50 ERA) making his first MLB start, weren’t able to do much against him until the 5th inning. The lone chance with RISP came in the 2nd, but Hernandez grounded out with runners on second and third. Galvis led off the 5th with a single and the Phillies still down 1-0. He promptly stole second base, and looked like he was going to score for sure on a single by Hernandez, but a big-time throw by former Phillie Jeff Francoeur gunned him down at the plate. The Phillies weren’t done in the inning though. Hernandez stole second, and a RBI double by our all-star Odubel Herrera left no doubt that the game was now tied.
Hellickson gave the lead right back in the 6th though, as an RBI double by Adonis Garcia made it 2-1 Braves. Ultimately though, this game would come down to the bullpen, and both starters would leave with no-decisions. Hellickson’s final line: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R (one earned), 2 BB and 3 K.
Maikel Franco tied the game right back up in the bottom of the 6th thanks to an opposite field home run. It was his 17th bomb of the year and the 4th straight game he went deep.
Edubray Ramos pitched a scoreless 7th, continuing his strong debut, but the Phillies squandered another chance with RISP in the bottom half, and Hector Neris gave up the rare 8th inning run, as Garcia plated his second go-ahead RBI double of the game for Atlanta. Neris was able to avoid further damage though, stranding runners on the corners to hold the deficit at one, which may have ultimately ended up saving the game.
The Braves brought closer Arodys Vizcaino in to pitch the 8th, and the Phillies got their first two runners on base before Tommy Joseph grounded into a dead double play. Galvis would pick him up though, with a huge two-run bomb pulled into right field to turn the game right back over to our closer. There was no drama from Jeanmar Gomez, three easy groundouts and just like that the Phillies won their fourth straight, and eighth out of the past nine.
- All eight of the switch-hitting Galvis’ home runs this year have come from the left side of the plate.
- Peter Bourjos‘ career high 14-game hitting streak came to an end with an 0-3 game.
- Herera, Galvis, and Hernandez all had two-hit games.
- Besides the three-game sweep of the Indians in April, the 5-1 homestand was the best of the season.
In their final series before the All-Star break, the Phillies travel out to Coors Field for a four-game set against the Colorado Rockies. Tomorrow’s game features our Adam Morgan (1-6, 6.31 ERA) getting the spot-start for Aaron Nola. Nola is healthy, but just getting a break to clear his head. Morgan will be opposed by Colorado’s Chad Bettis (6-6, 5.85 ERA). First pitch is set for 8:40 EDT.