Your Philadelphia Phillies were looking to get a streak started in the 3rd game of this 4 gamer w/ the San Diego Padres after winning last night’s game behind Charlie Morton, 3-0. RHP Jerad Eickhoff (0-1 3.18 ERA) was on the hill facing RHP Colin Rea (0-0, 12.46).
The scoring started in a flash after an unlucky DP made 2 outs in the bottom of the 1st, but then Rae’s 0-2. 88 mph, fastball to Maikel Franco was crushed to Deep LCF.
Jerad had the hook working early, helping him to a quick SDI, and getting 3rd strikes on Jon Jay twice. He then did the same to Cory Spangenberg to end a 3rd inning mini-threat. Franco w/ some more 2 out magic in the bottom half, knocked in Odubel Herrera who singled and advanced to 2nd on the Spangenberg throwing error, though he easily might have scored on ‘s gap splitting double. 2 more K’s on his curve, for Eickhoff led to a 2nd shut down inning.
Phils had another 2 out rally going courtesy of 2 Padres errors, but Peter Bourjos ran into an out at home, on what was also the 2nd good defensive play by Padres catcher Christian Bethancourt to return the favors. Too many base running errors by the Phillies this young season.
Jerad cemented yet another QS for a Phillies starter w/ his 8th K of the night, the 1st w/ his evening high 95 mph fastball and only 77 pitches through 6…not that the Padres’ Rea was pitching badly, as only one of his 2 runs was earned, 4 ks of his own and only 2 more pitches than Eickhoff.
Eickhoff wound up w/ a Solid 7, 9 ks, 0 R, 96 pitches 64 for strikes, 4 scattered hits and no walks. Rea pretty much matched that, but for the k’s and the only place that counted, the 2 runs.
David Hernandez had really bounced back from that infinitely bad 1st outing (3 ER no outs). Tonight hindered by a Ryan Howard throwing error, on a play where he should have taken an out at 1st w/ one out and one on in the 8th, he struck out Phillie Killer Matt Kemp, and then Wil Meyers, both swinging, w/ bases loaded.
Yet another base running blunder on a long out by Howard, gets Franco, who had worked a walk, doubled up off 1st to end any chance for an insurance run. Fortunately that extra run was not needed.
Jeanmar Gomez was called on once again, this time working w/ a 2 run lead, and except for a 2 out walk to Derek Norris, who went to 2nd on DI, and scored on a Brett Wallace single, finished it off for his 4th save.
Put another one in the Win Column for Jerad Eickhoff & the Phightin’ Phils, Maikel Franco 2. Padres- Nil!
The Phillies pitching staff, statistically one of the best in the league in the early going, tonight combined for 13 K’s, 6 hits, 1 run, earned, and only two walks.
The offense though, buoyed by the great pitching, managed only 5 hits tonight and even w/ Franco’s two RBIs only 5 runs the last two games. At some point that anemic production will put a strain on the staff. Maybe that will change when “hitting weather” comes.
The Padres used every bench player in this one, the Phils only two.
Up next is RHP Vince Velasquez (1-0, 0.00 ERA) coming off 6 shut out innings, in the win against the Mets striking out 9, but walking 3, and also 3 hits. He will face lefty Drew Pomeranz (1-0, 3.60).
Type at you again here next week for the finale of the Mets series.
Also donning a different hat here @ PattsionAve, look for my preview of the Philadelphia Union @ Seattle Sounders 4/16/16, posting sometime tomorrow night or Friday