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The Phillies brought their winning ways back to Philadelphia against the Cleveland Indians as they completed their second straight sweep and extended their winning streak to six games.
Adam Morgan made his 2016 debut on Friday night against the Indians. Replacing Charlie Morton in the rotation, Morgan went five innings and gave up three runs, all in the fifth inning. The Phillies answered immediately with a three spot of their own in the fifth inning off of Indians starter Corey Kluber. Both Carlos Ruiz, David Lough, and Darin Ruf collected an RBI that frame. That would be the only offensive action until the 11th inning as both bullpens were dominant. It took extra inning heroics and a walk-off home run from Ryan Howard to send the Phillies home with the 4-3 win.
The Phillies started off Saturday’s game hot as Freddy Galvis hit two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning. Phillies started Jerad Eickhoff who helped his own cause with an RBI single in the second inning. Eickhoff went six innings and eventually surrendered three runs to the Indians, tying the game. It was in the seventh inning that Galvis broke the tie with an RBI single, scoring Lough. The Phillies bullpen once again held up their end of the deal and did not allow another Cleveland player to cross the plate, much thanks to an amazing catch by Peter Bourjos to end the game The Phillies once again won, 4-3.
With the sweep in sight, the Phillies sent Vince Velasquez to the mound. Velasquez pitched a solid six innings without giving up a run, lowering his ERA to 1.44. The Phillies scored two runs in the second inning. Galvis contributed with an RBI single and Bourjos scored on a balk with Maikel Franco at the plate. Those would be the only two runs the Phillies would score, and it would be all they needed. The only offense the Indians saw came in the ninth inning when Carlos Santana hit a solo home run off of Hector Neris. Neris bounced back and earned his first save of the season. It was also his 1st career save.
Fun Fact: The Phillies set a Major League Record for the month of April. They averaged 10.4 strikeouts per nine innings in the opening month of season.
The Phillies leave town and head to St. Louis and they hope that their win streak follows them. They face the Cardinals in a four game series. The first game of the series is tomorrow at 8:15pm EST.