Sunday, April 24, 2016

Phillies seek first series sweep of year

Morton tripped and tumbled on his way to first base in last night's game, we'll find out more on his status today

We're a full three weeks into the MLB baseball season, and the Phillies are now poised to possibly sweep their first series from the Milwaukee Brewers this afternoon.

The possibility didn't come easily, last night, the Phillies were leading most of the way through the game but their were a few times that the Brewers looked like they were going to capitalize on some less than stellar pitching from the bullpen. Dalier Hinojosa couldn't find the strike zone last night, he got into some serious trouble when in 0.2 innings, he gave up 2 H and 2 ER and 1 BB before getting the hook from manager Pete Mackanin. It almost appeared as if Mackanin may have waited a little too late to take him out.

Mackanin called in Elvis Araujo though, and he slammed the door on the late Brewers rally. Odubel Herrera added a much needed couple insurance runs in the 9th to give the Phillies a decisive 10-6 victory over the brew crew. Phillies closer, Jeanmar Gomez, who has assumed the role of closer on the Phillies, came in and got the job done sealing the victory for the Phils.

It's the first time in a long time that the Phillies have been a .500 ballclub, with the victory last night, the club is at 9-9 on the season. You have to go back to May 5th, 2014 to find this ballclub at a record of .500 or better, and that itself is an amazing stat. A testament to how bad this Phillies ballclub has been suffering in the wins department. Read more about last night's heroics here in the article that was published last night.

Charlie Morton took a fall on the way down to first base, his status is being evaluated still, but the good news is the Phillies have suitable replacements for him should he need to go on the DL.

There were a few stars in the game last night, Maikel Franco made a couple of great defensive plays and added a long home run, Odubel Herrera contributed with a nice home run and the bullpen somehow pulled it all together to show that this team can accomplish a great bit of team work.

What's more is they really seemed like they were having fun doing this on the field, which of course is more apt when a team is winning.

Today it will be Jerad Eickhoff (1-2 with a 1.89 ERA) vs. Wily Peralta (0-3 with a 8.35 ERA) at 2:10 PM locally - we'll see if the Phils can pull the first sweep of the year.

Impressive stats from the game last night:

Phillies RISP  7-14

Six players on the Phils had a least 1 RBI in this game

This was the longest regular season games for the Phils this year at 4:00

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