That’s right folks, it really happened. Our Philadelphia Phillies (31-43) won for the first time in ten tries, and for just the 7th time since May 18, notching 15 hits in a relatively easy 7-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins (23-49).
Sure it came against the team with MLB’s worst record, but there was still a lot to be optimistic about for the Phils. The offense continued to turn things around after an abysmal homestand, with 38 hits and 23 runs over the three-game series at Target Field. Starting and winning pitcher Jerad Eickhoff (5-9, 3.36 ERA) threw a great game, and now boasts the best ERA of any starter on the team after winning for the third time in his past four games. Those three wins are the only ones for the Phillies in their last 20 games. Finally, the impressive return of Severino Gonzalez, combined with the usual solid last six outs from Hector Neris and Jeanmar Gomez gives some renewed hope for the back end of the bullpen after a brief rough stretch.
The highlights on the offensive end were Cesar Hernandez, who reached base in all five of his at bats, scoring three singles, a triple, and walk, and Freddy Galvis, who tripled and hit his 7th home run of the season to total 5 RBI on the game, a career high for Freddy and the 1st Phillie to do that this season. Even Ryan Howard was able to get in on the action, as his 11th home run of the season tied the game at one in the 2nd. He added a single in the 3rd to raise his average to .150!!!
The Phillies’ potential All-Star representative Odubel Herrera went 1-5, but appeared confused by a couple of balls in the outfield. The defense was the only major concern for the Phillies in this game. Although the only error of the game was credited to Eickhoff, Hernandez and Herrera were fortunate to make it through the game “E free”. The defense, which had been so solid through the strong start to the season, struggled throughout the series. Regardless, Gomez pitched with a five-run lead in the ninth, and despite giving up a late run, shut things down to finally end this dreadful losing streak.
- The 23 runs were by far the most the Phillies have scored in a series this season. Of course, they still haven’t won a series in over a month…
- Cody Asche finished off his great series with a 2-4 game and a double. He’s now 3rd on the team in OPS at .796.
- Maikel Franco went 0-2 and was the only Phillie without a hit, but he at least was able to walk three times as his struggles with the bat continued. His average has plummeted to .235.
The Phillies continue their road trip as they head to AT&T Park for a weekend series with the division leading San Francisco Giants. Zach Eflin (0-2, 10.80 ERA) is scheduled to make his 3rd career MLB start for the good guys. He’ll be opposed by Jake Peavy (3-6, 5.47 ERA). Friday’s first pitch is scheduled for 10:15 EDT.