After taking two of three games at home against the San Francisco Giants, the Philadelphia Phillies headed to the west coast to face the San Diego Padres. In much similar fashion, the Phillies were able to scrap together another series win against their NL West opponent.
Friday night saw Jeremy Hellickson (9-7; 3.72 ERA) faced Christian Friedrich (4-7; 4.76 ERA). Friedrich was given a quick 2-0 lead over the first three innings of action. In the fourth inning, red hot Cameron Rupp hit a three-run home run to put the Phillies in the lead, 3-2. As if that wasn’t enough, Rupp doubled in the top of the sixth inning accounting for his fourth RBI of the evening. Alexei Ramirez brought it within one run in the bottom of the seventh inning with a solo home run. Tommy Joseph added more insurance runs for Philadelphia with an RBI single in the top of the eighth inning. Even though Wil Myers homered in the bottom of the frame, the Phillies would hold onto their lead and win 5-4.
Jake Thompson (0-1; 12.46 ERA) made his MLB debut on Saturday night against the Padres. The start did not go he planned as he immediately gave up four runs in the bottom of the first inning. Thompson struggled as he battled over 4.1 innings pitched and gave up seven runs, six of them earned. With the Phillies down 9-4 in the top of the ninth inning, Jimmy Paredes hit a pinch-hit two run home run. Aaron Altherr brought it to within two runs with an RBI double with two outs. Unfortunately, the rally would fall short and the Phillies fell to the Padres, 9-7. Noteworthy was Thompson became the 2,000th pitcher in Phillies franchise history in the loss.
Sunday was the rubber match for the weekend series. In a wild affair, Jerad Eickhoff (7-12; 3.78 ERA) went against former Phillies draft pick Jarred Cosart (0-1; 5.09 ERA). Odubel Herrera started things off with a one-out solo home run in the top of the first inning. With the Phillies tied 1-1 in the top of the fourth inning, the Phils put up a four spot highlighted by RBI’s from Carlos Ruiz, Freddy Galvis, Eickhoff, and Herrera. Eickhoff would give up three more runs over the fourth and sixth innings allowing the Padres to tie the game. It was in the seventh inning when things got fun. In the top of the frame, Joseph singled in an RBI giving the Phillies a 6-5 lead. In the bottom of the seventh inning, Edubray Ramos walked the first two batters of the frame. With no outs, Jabari Blash hit into the rare 5-4-3 triple play to kill the rally. Both clubs bats were silent for the remainder of the game as the Phillies went on to win the game, and the series, 6-5.
The Phillies will remain on the west coast as they take on the Los Angeles Dodgers in a three game series. This will be the first time the Phillies face fan favorite Chase Utley since he was traded to Los Angeles in August of 2015. Game one of the three game series is tomorrow with first pitch at 10:10pm EST.