Thursday, April 14, 2016

Phils win again, find themselves in 2nd Place in the NL East

Maikel Franco provides a spark last night with two RBI which was all the Phils needed

The Phillies have made the first homestand of the year a bit interesting. They won again last night by a score of 2-1 and put themselves into 2nd place in the NL East with a 4-5 record. They wrap up the 4-game series today in an afternoon match up with the Padres.

Jerad Eickoff went 7 innings for the Phillies, with 9 SO and only giving up 4 H on the night.

The Padres starting pitcher, Colin Rea, kept the Phillies in check as well during this game. He struck out 5 and allowed and gave up 5 H on the night. Maikel Franco hit a solo homer in the first inning and then ripped an RBI double in the third inning to put the Phils up 2-0 when he scored Odubel Herrera. That was all the offense the Phillies needed on this night.

The announced crowd of 17,638 was the smallest attendance of the year,  although near the middle of September last year, the number was around 15,500, so the lack of good play hasn't been attracting the fans to the stadium.

For now though, it's awesome to see the Phillies ascend up to 2nd place, especially with a weekend series that will see the Phillies take on the Washington Nationals. The Nats are in first place with a 6-1 record. They've won 4 games straight and wrap up against the Atlanta Braves later this afternoon before coming to Philadelphia.

Today for the Phils it will be Vincent Velasquez, and the Padres will counter with Drew Pomeranz at 1:05 PM

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