PHILLIES WIN! PHILLIES WIN! I know I couldn’t believe it either. The Phillies won yesterday by a score of 2 to 1 in 11 innings. The game was an anomaly, Vincent Velasquez only gave up 1 run and the bullpen combined to go 6 innings giving up only 2 hits and no runs. I don’t mean to be pessimistic but I think a large part to the Phillies victory was the fact the Rockies were finishing up a 10 game road trip, ending 7-3, and it was a get away day as they finally return home. A victory is a victory though and it finally snaps the 5 game losing streak.
Velasquez gave them 5 strong innings (throwing 94 pitches and 70 of them being strikes) giving up 8 hits, 1 walk, and only 1 run while striking out 7. The biggest takeaway from his performance was the command of his pitches, 24 balls on 94 pitches, and only walking 1 batter. His last 3 starts he threw 34, 35, and 51 balls while pitching over 100 pitches each time. Hopefully this is a step in the right direction and he can finally found his old self.
The Phillies offense struggled again scoring only 2 runs on 8 hits while leaving 9 runners on base and going 1-8 with runners in scoring position. However they got the clutch hit when they needed too to pull off the victory. Tommy Joseph led the offense going 2 for 5 with both of the Phillies RBI’s and a run scored. He hit a game tying solo home run in the bottom of the 7th inning off Rockies starter Tyler Anderson.
In the bottom of the 11th, Michael Saunders hit a one out double putting him in scoring position. Next batter up, Tommy Joseph hits the first pitch, a line drive over the second baseman’s head, to bring home Saunders and give the Phillies the walk off victory. The win salvages a game out of the 4 game series and hopefully jump starts this team as the Reds come to town for a 3 game series. I would not be surprised to see Odubel Herrera out of the lineup on Friday night, as he went 0 for 5 with 5 strikeouts on Thursday…
The Phillies send Aaron Nola (2-1) to the mound to try and make it to wins in a row. Nola is coming off a strong outing on May 21st, even though he got the lost he went 7 innings striking out 5, walking 2, while only giving up 4 hits and 1 run. The Cincinnati Reds will counter with right-hander Tim Adleman (2-2) who is coming into the game with a 7.56 ERA in 4 starts in the month of May.