Phillies Phriday Phill-Ins 05/11/18

Coming off the Philadelphia Phillies (18-15) tough loss to end a series against the Washington Nationals, it seemed the task would not get any easier as the San Francisco Giants came to town with a 19-15 record for a four game set.

Boy were we in for a pleasant surprise.

Game one: Phillies Power Vies with shutdown Pitching for attention

It is hard to say which was more impressive in the opener. Was it the 4HR, one double offensive outburst, or the shutout tossed by Zach Eflin (1-0, .71ERA ) and the pen?

We will start with the offense as it came early and often starting with Odubel Herrera getting his on-base streak (36) over with in the 1st inning on a 3R HR(5). He would hit a 2R shot(6) as well in the 6th, on his way to a a career high 5 RBIs.

Things would quiet down as Giant starter RHP Jeff Samardzija (1-2, 6.62 ) caught his breath a bit trying to extend his outing as long as he could on a night when he did not have it, and beach balls were coming to Phillies hitters.

Cesar Hernandez would add his own 2 spot moon shot in the 4th.

That would be Samardzija’s last inning.

The Phils would pile on with three runs in the 5th, two in the 6th, and one more in the eighth for good measure to hit the 11 mark.

One more offensive note in my tweet during the game in the 6th inning:

Meanwhile on the other side of the coin, Eflin, hurled his second excellent outing, his last a six inning, 1R ND against the Miami Marlins on 5/1.

The only real jam came in the top of the 4th, when Eflin had two on, one out, but got a FO and a PO to end the threat for SDI # 2.

Eflin would not see the end of #SDI #4, but he got a standing O when pulled with one man on, 2 outs in the 7th. 4H, 0R, 9k, 3BB. 109 P – 69 for strikes.

Seranthony Domínguez would make his MLB debut in the 8th, hurling a 17 P, 1-2-3 inning, including his first K. For those as fascinated by pitch speed as a certain Phillies announcer, he hit 98+ three times, and 97+ seven times.

Jeff Samardzija (1-2, 6.60) would earn the L giving up the 5ER in four innings.

 Referencing some other sporting event across Pattison Ave:

Game Two: Nola Notches New Highs

It was my fourth outing at CBP, and also my fourth time seeing Aaron Nola pitch.

Yes the Phils kept their power drive going with HRs by Jorge Alfaro (4), Aaron Altherr (4) and Carlos Santana (5), and a Hernandez 2B (7). Just as important offensively was Herrera running his consecutive on-base streak to 37 with a clutch two out RBI single in the 3rd inning, the eventual GWRBI. Odubel would later make it his NL-leading 14th multi-hit game of the season, raising his BA to an also NL top .346.

But Nola was the big story in this game. His line, 7In, 5H, 1R, 1ER, 12K, 0BB, 109P -75 for strikes, only told part of the tale.

To start, his lone run came in the 2nd. It doesn’t sound like a big deal going by the final score, but that run came after he put men on 2nd and 3rd with no outs. That could have been a disaster, but an RBI Go, a GO hit hard to Aaron, and then a K of K-Machine Austin Jackson (35 times this season in 25 games, 85 ABs after this game ), already Nola’s third of the game, ended the only real threat.

The 12 Ks were a career high for Aaron, and the 26 swinging Ks were as well – his previous was 18. It was also his first career win over the Giants.

Interesting twitter factoid of the game:

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