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: