As the trade deadline approaches, the Philadelphia Phillies took on the Atlanta Braves this weekend on the road. Amidst trade rumors revolving around a few Phillies, they split a four-game series with the Braves this weekend.
Trade Candidate #1, Vince Valesquez (8-3; 3.32 ERA), took the mound on Friday night against Tyrell Jenkins (1-2; 4.91 ERA). Pitching dominated this game as the only runs for either team were scored in the third inning. Odubel Herrera singled for Philadelphia in the top of the third inning, scoring Cesar Hernandez. With the Phillies up 1-0 in the bottom of the frame, both Gordon Beckham and Nick Markakis had an RBI each giving the Braves the 2-1 lead. Both clubs bats would remain silent, giving Atlanta the 2-1 win.
Saturday saw Trade Candidate #2, Jeremy Hellickson (8-7; 3.70 ERA), earn the start for Philadelphia against Julio Teheran (3-9; 2.81 ERA). Both pitchers gave up three earned runs. With the Phillies up 5-3 in the top of the eighth inning, the Phightins’ took advantage of crazy plays to break the game open. Herrera walked with the bases loaded, Maikel Franco reached on an error which scored Tyler Featherston and Hernandez, and Herrera eventually scored when Aaron Altherr was hit by a pitch. This gave Philadelphia a 9-3 lead. All four runs were scored without the result of one hit; the first time Philly has done that since July 17, 1992. The Braves answered back with two more runs in the bottom half of the eighth inning, but their rally fell short giving the Phillies the 9-5 win.
Sunday was the rubber match as Jerad Eickhoff (6-12; 3.68 ERA) faced off against Joel De La Cruz (0-3; 3.80 ERA). Very similar to Friday night, both offenses were quiet. It was not until after a rain delay in the sixth inning that any runs were scored. With Markakis on base, former Phillie Jeff Francoeur hit a two-run home run to give Atlanta the 2-0 lead. In the top of the eighth, the Phils fought back to within one run as Jimmy Paredes homered. Unfortunately, the Phillies could not muster up another run as the Braves won the game, and the series, 2-1.
With the Phillies off tomorrow, they will return to play on Tuesday as they face the San Francisco Giants at Citizens Bank Park. The question is, who currently on the Phillies will still be in red pinstripes come first pitch at 7:05pm.