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After being swept at home against the New York Mets, the Phillies bounced back and took two out of three games at Citizens Bank Park against the San Diego Padres.
The Phillies were looking to snap their four-game losing streak as Aaron Nola took the mound against the Padres. Nola gave up a solo home run to Justin Upton in the top of the fourth inning, and that was the only offense the Padres were able to muster off of the rookie. The Padres 1-0 lead didn’t last long as the Phillies quickly scored two runs off of Padres starter Ian Kennedy in the bottom half of the frame. The game remained within one run until the bottom of the eighth inning when the Phillies broke the game open with five additional runs, bringing the score to 7-1. Highlights from the inning with Aaron Altherr’s RBI triple, Jeff Francoeur’s RBI double, and Cameron Rupp’s seventh home run of the season. Notable is Jerome Williams recorded his first save of the season. After his recent demotion to the bullpen, he came in the game to pitch the eighth and ninth inning. Because he entered the game when the score was 2-1, he was eligible for the save.
Adam Morgan looked to make it two in a row for the Phillies as started in the second game of the series. Darnell Sweeney got the offense started with a two-run home run off of Colin Rea in the second inning. In the fourth inning, the Padres tied the game 2-2 with RBI singles from Yonder Alonso and Melvin Upton. The game did not remained tied for long as the Phillies scored two more in the bottom half of the inning. Freddy Galvis had an RBI double and Morgan helped his cause with an RBI single. The Padres brought it within one run in the seventh inning with an RBI single from Jeff Gyorko off of Luis Garcia. Ken Giles came in for the save in the ninth inning and kept the game 4-3 in favor of Philadelphia.
Sunday, the Phillies went for the sweep against the Padres. Alec Asher, acquired in the Cole Hamels trade last month, made his Major League debut. The rookie gave up four runs in his 5.2 innings pitched. Rupp continued his hot hitting with another home run in the second inning. The game remained 4-1 through the first seven innings when the Padres had a three run eighth inning. Phillies reliever Adam Loewen allowed three runs without recording an out. Justin De Fratus came in to pitch the rest of the game, giving up one run of his own in the ninth inning. The Phillies tacked on three more runs in their final two innings with an RBI from Cesar Hernandez, Cody Asche, and Altherr. It was not enough as the Phillies failed to complete the sweet, losing 9-4.
The Phillies hit the road as they head to New York for another series against the Mets. Game one of the three game series is tomorrow. First pitch is at 7:10 PM.