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A grand welcome to the Phillies starting lineup for Jay Bruce

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Jay Bruce greeted after his 5th inning grand slam in San Diego

Man, did the Philadelphia Phillies (34-27) ever need this kind of a game? At Petco Park in San Diego, the offense finally awoke after a week-long slumber. As a result, the Phillies drubbed the host Padres by a 9-6 final score on a beautiful Tuesday night in San Diego.

The victory took just a little of the sting out of the pre-game announcement that outfielder Andrew McCutchen would miss the rest of the 2019 season with a torn UCL in his knee, which he injured in a rundown on Monday night.
The win snapped a five-game losing streak for the Phillies. It also pushed them back in front of the Atlanta Braves by a half-game in the NL East Division standings, though the two teams are tied in the loss column.
The Phillies got on the scoreboard first in the top of the 2nd inning when newcomer Jay Bruceand new third baseman Scott Kingery ripped back-to-back doubles. It was only the beginning of what would prove to be a memorable first start in a Phillies uniform for Bruce.
San Diego briefly took the lead in the home 3rd inning when Ian Kinsler led off with a double. That was followed by Phillies starter Jerad Eickhoff hitting Austin Hedges. Eickhoff’s counter-part, Chris Paddack, then bunted the two runners over to second and third. Greg Garcia followed with a double to right, scoring both and putting the Padres up by a 2-1 score.
I say “briefly” on that Padres lead, because the Phillies would take it right back in the top of the 4th inning. It began with a great at-bat from J.T. Realmuto, who won an eight-pitch battle with Paddack by lining a base hit. Bruce then followed by driving a ball out over the wall to the opposite field in left, the two-run shot giving the lead back to the Phillies by a 3-2 score.
Paddack may have been a little shaken by that blast. He went to 2-0 on the next hitter, Kingery, who then blasted his fourth homer of the year deep into the left field upper deck to push the Phillies lead out to a 4-2 margin.
Eickhoff then began to settle in and shut down the San Diego lineup. He retired six straight at one point, and kept the Padres off the scoreboard into the 6th inning.
Bruce gave him more runs to work with in the top of the 5th inning. Bryce Harper led off with a base hit. The next batter, Jean Segura, would then reach on an error by his opposite number at shortstop, Manny Machado. One out later, Realmuto singled, and the Phillies had the bases loaded. They remained that way for three pitches. On the third of those, Bruce crushed another homer, this one over the right field wall for a grand slam.

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Take a bow, Jay Bruce!

A grand slam, his second homer of the game, his third hit ans six RBI!

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The Phillies took a comfortable 8-2 lead into the bottom of the 6th before the Padres finally dented Eickhoff again. It came on one swing of the bat when Franmil Reyes crushed a solo home run, his 18th of the season, over the wall in dead center field.
Eickhoff would get through the frame with no further damage, but it would also be his final inning as manager Gabe Kapler decided to go to the bullpen. It was a much-need Quality Start for the right-hander, who allowed three earned runs over his six innings pitched.
Juan Nicasio came on and surrendered a pair of hits in the bottom of the 7th inning. He was lifted for Jose Alvarez with two outs, and the lefty needed just one pitch to get out of that mini-jam.
In the top of the 8th inning, a cold bat finally found some fire. Maikel Franco, who has lost playing time at third base to Kingery after falling into a deep slump, came up to pinch-hit for Alvarez. Franco jumped all over a 1-2 slider from Padres reliever Luis Perdomo, crushing it way out to left field for his 9th home run of the season to give the Phillies a 9-3 lead.
The Padres got that run back and more – quickly – in the home 8th. Kapler decided to give Edgar Garcia a chance to redeem himself after the rookie had surrendered four runs in his previous outing in Los Angeles. Instead, Garcia was crushed again.
A solo homer by Reyes led off the inning. Garcia then walked Machado and served up a massive two-run home run to Eric Hosmer, cutting the Phillies lead down to a 9-6 margin.
Hector Neris came on for the 9th inning, trying to protect the victory for Eickhoff and the team. He gave up a one-out single, and that brought Reyes to the plate with a chance to do more damage. But Neris won a huge eight-pitch battle, striking Reyes out with a perfect splitter for the second out. The Phillies closer then earned his 11th Save of the season by getting Machado to pop out to short center field.
This much-needed victory raised the Phillies record during their 23-game tough stretch of the regular season schedule to the 11-11 mark. With a win in the Wednesday series finale, they can actually come through with an overall winning record during a difficult month.
This west coast trip ends tomorrow, and the Phillies will come home for the weekend at the start of a six-game homestand against the Cincinnati Reds and Arizona Diamondbacks. Once that has ended, a streak of 26 consecutive games within the division will begin, lasting through and past the MLB All-Star Game break.


  • Jerad Eickhoff: 6 IP, 4 hits, 3 earned runs, 5 strikeouts, 0 walks. 92 pitches, 60 for strikes.
  • Chris Paddack: 4.1 IP, 8 hits, 6 runs (5 earned), 4 strikeouts, 0 walks. 91 pitches, 65 for strikes.


Making his first start in a Phillies uniform following a trade from Seattle just two days ago, Bruce ripped a double and two home runs over his first three plate appearances.
The first double got the offense going in the 2nd inning. The first homer put the Phillies up in the 4th inning. The capper was the grand slam, which came in the top of the 5th inning and provided would turned out to be the difference-making runs. All-in-all, Bruce went 3-4 with three runs scored and six RBIs.
He isn’t going to do this every night. But Bruce has the ability to be a consistently impactful bat, and the Phillies desperately need that right now. On this night, he showed fans exactly what that looks like.


Phillies will try for a rare 2019 series sweep in Cardinals finale

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Gabe Kapler has the Phillies in first despite inability to sweep series

This will be the finale of a three-game series between the two clubs, as well as the final meeting between them scheduled for the 2019 regular season.

The two teams have battled the weather in the first two games, as a major wave of powerful thunderstorms has been pushing through the area. Each of those first two contests was delayed at the outset by an hour or more.
This afternoon’s game should get underway as scheduled. The chance of precipitation is low at first pitch time and throughout the game. However, between 4-6 pm another round of storms is expected to roll through the area. Hopefully the game will be concluded before those arrive. Once begun, neither of the series first two games was actually delayed at any point.
This is also the lone series at home for manager Gabe Kapler and the Phillies in the middle of a stretch in which they play 13 of 16 on the road. They are now 10-6 during what we described weeks ago as a 23-game “crucible” of a test against tough teams from outside their division.
With the team immediately leaving for a west coast road trip to Los Angeles and San Diego, this will be the home fans last chance to see the Phillies until next Friday. That means that it’s also the last time to enjoy the antics of the Phillie Phanatic at Citizens Bank Park until next weekend.



  1. Andrew McCutchen LF
  2. Jean Segura SS
  3. Bryce Harper RF
  4. Rhys Hoskins 1B
  5. Cesar Hernandez 2B
  6. Scott Kingery CF
  7. Andrew Knapp C
  8. Maikel Franco 3B
  9. Jerad Eickhoff P


  1. Kolten Wong 2B
  2. Paul DeJong SS
  3. Paul Goldschmidt 1B
  4. Marcell Ozuna LF
  5. Jose Martinez RF
  6. Matt Wieters C
  7. Jedd Gyorko 3B
  8. Harrison Bader CF
  9. Dakota Hudson P


CARDINALS: Remain mostly healthy with just a pair of relievers on the IL in RH Mike Mayers and LH Brett Cecil
PHILLIES: Bullpen remains depleted with the following on the IL – Adam MorganDavid RobertsonPat NeshekTommy HunterEdubray RamosVictor Arano. Outfielder Roman Quinn also remains out. None are due back until some time in June at the earliest.


  • Jerad Eickhoff: 2-2, 3,86 ERA, 1.190 WHIP, 35 hits allowed over 42 innings across eight games (seven starts) with a 39/15 K:BB ratio.
  • The Phillies 28-year-old right-hander is making third career start vs Saint Louis: 1-1, 1.93 ERA, nine hits allowed over 14 innings. At Busch Stadium back on May 8, Eickhoff went eight innings and registered his most recent win on the season, allowing just three hits.
  • Eickhoff has pitched poorly over his last three starts: 17 hits allowed over 12 innings with an 8/4 K:BB. He has a .333 batting average against and has surrendered seven home runs in that span, lasting no more than five innings.
  • Dakota Hudson: 3-3, 4.22 ERA, 1.631 WHIP, 63 hits allowed over 53.1 innings across 11 games (10 starts) with a 38/24 K:BB ratio.
  • Hudson is a 24-year-old righty from Chattanooga, Tennessee who was the Cardinals supplemental first round pick at 34th overall in the 2016 MLB Draft out of Mississippi State University.
  • Hudson has made one career start previously vs the Phillies, that coming back on May 7 this season. He lasted five innings during an 11-1 Phillies victory, allowing eight runs (just two earned) on seven hits and three walks at Busch Stadium.


  • After dropping the first two games of this series, the Cardinals are now just 6-18 over their last 24 games. They have fallen from first place with a 3.5 game lead in the NL Central at the start of this poor stretch to now fourth place, five games out.
  • The Phillies have now won five of their last six games and nine of 12. They are also 20-10 over the last month, building a 3.5 game lead (four in the loss column) in the NL East Division standings. The club has spent just seven days all season out of first place, none lower than second place.
  • Phillies will be going for just their third series sweep of the 2019 season. Each of the others came at Citizens Bank Park: Atlanta in the season’s first series back in late March, and Colorado two weeks ago.
  • After this game the Phillies will travel out for their first west coast trip of the season. They visit the NL’s top team, the Los Angeles Dodgers, for three over this coming weekend. That will be followed by three in San Diego against Manny Machado and the Padres to open next week.
  • Today will be another “Throwback Thursday” game, with the Phillies wearing the old powder blue style uniforms worn by the team for road games during the 1970’s and 1980’s.


Jerad Eickhoff 2019 first trimester report card

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Eickhoff started hot and has cooled of late for the 2019 Phillies

Each season in Major League Baseball is currently scheduled to last for 162 games. This means that the Philadelphia Phillies (30-21) will reach the 1/3 pole with their home game on Tuesday night against the Saint Louis Cardinals.

Over the next few days, I’ll be handing out the report cards for the first “trimester” of the season for each player on the Phillies 2019 roster. There will be a letter grade, along with a brief description of their contributions, including their relevant statistics.
I’ll be back with each player’s grades for the second trimester and the season to that point when the Phillies reach the 108-game mark. That is scheduled to come on July 31, the same date as the MLB trade deadline.


STATS: Eight games (seven starts), 2-2 record, 3.86 ERA, 1.190 WHIP, 35 hits allowed including seven home runs over 42 innings with a 39/15 K:BB ratio.
REPORT: Eickhoff began the season in the Triple-A Lehigh Valley rotation. Showing that he was healthy over his first two starts after missing nearly all of last season with various injuries, he was promoted and quickly moved into the Phillies starting rotation when Nick Pivetta struggled mightily over his own first few starts in April.
Gabe Kapler used him in relief in his first appearance, and Eickhoff actually earned a Save when he delivered four shutout innings in a 14-3 win over the Mets. Moving into the starting rotation, the right-hander allowed just 15 hits over his first four starts and 26 innings.
However, just when it seemed that he might have returned to the levels that had made him an 11-game winner for the club back in the 2016 season, Eickhoff has hit a major speed bump. Over his last three outings including Friday in Milwaukee, Eickhoff has allowed 17 hits over a dozen innings with a 9.75 ERA and a .333 batting average against. Opposing hitters have slugged seven home runs over those three starts.
Kapler and GM Matt Klentak are going to have some tough decisions to make moving forward with the starting rotation. Aaron Nola and Jake Arrieta are clearly the top two starters. But after that it’s pretty much an open competition among a half-dozen arms. Eickhoff is part of that conversation, but he is no longer the lock that he appeared to be becoming just two weeks ago.
You have to grade Eickhoff on the fact that he started the year at Triple-A. It was unknown exactly what he could contribute or when to the Phillies this season. To this point he has given them innings and shown promise. Will he be able to right the ship and stay in the rotation all year? Time will tell.
The 38-year-old Eickhoff and outfielder Nick Williams are also the only pieces remaining with the Phillies from the five-player package obtained from the Texas Rangers back at the 2015 trade deadline for Cole Hamels.
Give us your feedback. Respond either as a comment to this piece or at our social media feeds. What is your take on him to this point? What, if anything, would you do differently regarding this player or their role if you were the Phillies manager or GM?

Jerad Eickhoff pitches Phillies to Friday night victory over Marlins

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Phillies ride brilliant Jerad Eickhoff outing to victory

The Philadelphia Phillies (14-12) road a dynamic performance from starting pitcher Jerad Eickhoff and a trio of home runs to a 4-0 victory over the National League East Division rival Miami Marlins (8-18) at a soggy, windy Citizens Bank Park on Friday night.

With the win, the two teams have split the first two games of a four-game weekend series in South Philly. The Phillies bats only recorded six hits on the night against Marlins pitching. But three of the hits left the yard and Eickhoff and the bullpen ensured it would be enough.
J.T. Realmuto put the Phillies on the board first with a one-out home run to right-center field off Marlins starter Jose Urena in the bottom of the 1st inning.
In the bottom of the 4th, Maikel Franco drove an offering from Urena out to the opposite field for a 2-0 lead. The blasts were the fourth on the season for Realmuto and the seventh for Franco.
Then in the home 8th, Realmuto drew a one-out walk. Bryce Harper then stepped up and absolutely crushed a two-strike, 88 mph slider from Marlins reliever Tyler Kinley into the right field upper deck for his 6th home run on the season. The two-run blast extended the Phillies lead out to the final 4-0 margin.
Following Eickhoff to the mound in succession were Edubray RamosAdam Morgan and Pat Neshek. They each took turns keeping Miami off the scoreboard and the Phillies had put a necessary victory into the win column.


  • Jerad Eickhoff: 7 IP, 0 runs, two hits, one walk, six strikeouts. Threw 86 pitches, 57 for strikes
  • Jose Urena: 7 IP, two runs, four hits, three walks, four strikeouts. Threw 112 pitches, 66 for strikes


The Phillies starter had his best curve ball tonight. Mixed in a low-90’s fastball just enough to keep the Miami batters off-balance. Had a no-hitter through four innings, broken up by former Phillies catcher Jorge Alfaro leading off the top of the 5th with a clean single to left.


  • Saturday April 25 at 6:05 pm vs. the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park
  • TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia
  • Radio: SportsRadio 94 WIP, WTTM 1680 (Spanish)

Phillies will try to snap out of a recent funk on Friday night at Citizens Bank Park

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Phillies look to get on track vs Marlins on Friday night

The Phillies (13-12) are scheduled to host the division-rival Miami Marlins (8-17) on Friday night at Citizens Bank Park. There is a high probability of rain in the forecast for around game time, so there could be at least a delay in the start of tonight’s game.

This is scheduled to be the second of a four-game long weekend series between the two teams. The Marlins took the opener last night on a two-run homer from second baseman Starlin Castro in the top of the 10th inning off Phillies reliever Hector Neris.
Marlins pitcher Caleb Smith tossed a gem for the second straight start against the Phillies. He previously one-hit them over six innings back on April 13. This time, Smith allowed a run on three hits while striking out eight and walking one in another six-inning outing.
The Phillies won two of three earlier this month against the Marlins, and will be looking to snap out of a funk that has seen them drop six of their last eight games. The Phils currently trail the New York Mets by a half-game in the National League East Division standings.



  1. Andrew McCutchen CF
  2. J.T. Realmuto C
  3. Bryce Harper RF
  4. Rhys Hoskins 1B
  5. Nick Williams LF
  6. Maikel Franco 3B
  7. Cesar Hernandez 2B
  8. Sean Rodriguez SS
  9. Jerad Eickhoff P


Cesar Hernandez had a pair of hits on Thursday night to remain hot. The much-maligned second baseman is now slashing .344/.403/.508 going back over his last 15 games and 67 plate appearances with seven runs scored and six extra-base hits.
Sean Rodriguez smacked his first home run of the season last night. He was called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Wednesday and became the fourth player to start a game at shortstop for the Phillies this season. Though starting shortstop Jean Segura is due back tomorrow it may not be Rodriguez whose spot is in jeopardy since he can play every position on the diamond except perhaps behind the plate.
Lefty reliever Adam Morgan retired the lone batter he faced in last night’s game and remains unscored upon this season. Morgan has allowed just four hits over 10.1 IP across 13 appearances with a fine 12/1 K:BB ratio.
Since the start of 2017, righty reliever Pat Neshek has a 1.96 ERA, the lowest mark among all major league pitchers with at least 75.0 innings pitched.
Per Statcast data, the average fastball velocity of 97.1 mph being recorded by reliever Seranthony Dominguez is 14th among the 490 pitchers to pitch this season. He now has eight straight scoreless appearances after allowing five runs in his first 2.1 IP this season.
Right fielder Bryce Harper went 0-3 with a walk on Thursday. He is now slashing just .196/.305/.333 over his last 13 games and 59 plate appearances. The slump was the subject of my piece published earlier today. On the good side he is batting .333 with a double, two home runs and 10 RBI with runners in scoring position in 2019.


  1. Curtis Granderson LF
  2. Martin Prado 1B
  3. Brian Anderson RF
  4. Starlin Castro 2B
  5. Jorge Alfaro C
  6. Miguel Rojas SS
  7. Jon Berti 3B
  8. Lewis Brinson CF
  9. Jose Urena P


The game-winning two-run homer in the 10th inning last night was the third of the year for Castro, who is now tied for the Marlins team lead with eight RBIs.
Despite producing a three-hit game, Neil Walker is out of manager Don Mattingly‘s starting lineup on Friday. Walker is hitting .500 with three doubles and three walks over his last four games.
Former Phillies catcher Jorge Alfaro continues to lead Miami with four home runs on the season. With two hits last night, Alfaro now has multi-hit efforts in all three games that he has played against his former team this season. He is 6-12 (.500) with a run scored in those three contests.
Reliever Tayron Guerrero was dominating last night, earning the Win while firing multiple pitches over 100 mph in a lockdown 9th inning. Guerrero now sports a 0.82 ERA and 1.091 WHIP with 13 strikeouts over 11 innings in which he has allowed just five hits.
Veteran closer Sergio Romo recorded his third Save of the week, his fourth of the season. He has successfully closed out his last three appearances without surrendering a run or hit over three innings.


  • Jerad Eickhoff: 0-1, 3.60 ERA, 1.400 WHIP, 10 hits allowed over 10 IP across two games (1 start) with a 14/4 K:BB ratio
  • Eickhoff is making just his second start of the season. He has six career starts vs the Marlins with a 2-3 record, 37 hits allowed over 36 innings, and a 35/8 K:BB.
  • Per MLBAM Statcast data, 10 of Eickhoff’s 14 strikeouts this season have come on the curveball. Since 2015 (the start of his career and Statcast Era), batters are hitting .163 in at-bats ending in his curveball, 11th-lowest among the 71 pitchers with at least 200 AB ending in a curve in that span.
  • Jose Urena: 1-3, 5.74 ERA, 1.688 WHIP, 39 hits allowed over 26.2 IP across five starts with a 21/6 K:BB ratio
  • Urena was outstanding in an April 14 start vs the Phillies down in Miami. He allowed just seven hits and one run over seven innings with seven strikeouts, but was let down by his offense in taking a 3-1 loss.
  • Urena has 15 career appearances against the Phillies, 11 of those as a starter, with a 3-4 record and a 55/16 K:BB over 63.2 innings.


  • Through 13 games at Citizens Bank Park, the Phillies have drawn a total of 488,292 fans, an average of 37,560 per game which ranks fourth in MLB behind the Dodgers, Cardinals and Yankees.
  • Since pitch data began being tracked in 1988, J.T. Realmuto’s 33 pitches seen last night rank in a tie for first among all Phillies with four plate appearances in a game. Ryan Howard saw 33 pitches in four PA on 7/19/07 at SD as did Mickey Morandini back on 9/24/96 vs MON. Since data began being tracked, Realmuto became just the 25th player in the majors to have seen 33 or more pitches in four trips to the plate.
  • Rhys Hoskins has 10 homers and 30 RBI against the Marlins over his career, the most damage he has done against any opponent. Hoskins leads the NL with 59 homers since making his MLB debut on 8/10/17. He is the only hitter in the majors with more than 55 HR and 140 walks since that debut. Since that debut he ranks in a tie for 2nd in MLB (tied for first in the NL) with 25 go-ahead home runs. In his last 45 games at Citizens Bank Park since 7/22/18 he is batting .275 with 14 doubles, 17 homers, 37 RBI, 29 walks and a 1.077 OPS.
  • Andrew McCutchen is one RBI and two walks shy of 800 in each category for his career. Maikel Franco is two doubles shy of 100 on his career.