Well, the Phillies made it through a weekend without getting swept so that alone is a victory in itself. While the Phillies lost two of three games against the San Francisco Giants, all three games were decided by one run.
Friday night’s matchup saw Zach Eflin (0-2, 6.28 ERA) on the mound facing the Giants’ Jake Peavy. Both pitcher’s put together solid performances. Effin went six strong innings while only allowing one run (which was not earned). Peavy gave up two earned runs in his seven innings of work. With the Phillies up 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Giants erupted for four runs off of reliever Elvis Araujo (1-1; 5.87 ERA). Brandon Belt had a bases clearing double and eventually scored on Angel Pagan‘s single. The Phillies tried to battle back as they score two more runs in the top of the eighth inning. Freddy Galvis had an RBI single and Cameron Rupp walked in a run with the bases loaded. Unfortunately, the two-run rally was a run short as the Phillies fell to the Giants, 5-4.
The Phillies knew they were in for a battle on Saturday with the Giants’ Madison Bumgarner on the mound. Jeremy Hellickson (5-6; 4.23 ERA) earned the start for Philadelphia and lived up to the challenge. He quickly gave up two runs over his first three innings, but settled down to finish out his six innings of work. Bumgarner held the Phillies bats quiet until the seventh inning. In that frame, Andres Blanco put the Phillies on the board with a one-run RBI single. Rupp followed the RBI single with a two-run home run of his own to put the Phillies in the lead for good, 3-2.
The rubber match on Sunday ended up being a heartbreaker. Both teams bats exploded as the Phillies recorded 12 hits and the Giants recorded 16 of their own. Aaron Nola (5-7, 4.11 ERA), who has been struggling of late, was not a factor in the decision as each team exchanged runs for the majority of the game. With the game 7-7 in the bottom of the ninth inning, Severino Gonzalez (0-1, 3.52 ERA) came in for the Phillies in hopes to bring the game into extra innings. With one out and a runner on second, Conor Gillaspie doubled in the game winning run. The Phillies lost to the Giants, 8-7. This was Giants’ manager Bruce Bochy‘s 800th win with San Francisco.
The Phillies head to Arizona as they look to break out of the recent funk they are in against the Diamondbacks. Game one of the three game series is tomorrow at 9:40pm EST.