Notes From The Phillies’ 6-4 Loss To WashingtonBREAKING NEWS, News, Phillies Sunday, April 16th, 2017
On The Mound
- Jerad Eickhoff got through six innings, allowing three runs on eight hits and one walk.
- Eickhoff gave up a run in the first, and two more in the third. He gave up a two-run to shot to Bryce Harper (who else?).
- Joely Rodriguez pitched a scoreless seventh.
- Pat Neshek kept the game tied with a clean eighth. Neshek has quietly been a quality addition to this bullpen. He’s yet to allow a run in six appearances.
- Joaquin Benoit blew the save, giving up a three-run shot to Bryce Harper (who else?).
At The Plate
- Cesar Hernandez had another strong game, going 3-4 with a walk. Hernandez led off the game with a home run.
- Hernandez is batting .346 through 12 games, and he’s been one of the pleasant surprises on this roster.
- Daniel Nava got a start in right, and went 1-3 with two walks. Nava singled in the eighth, and an error by Jayson Werth on the same play allowed the Phils to put their second run on the board.
- Maikel Franco continues to contribute a whole lot of nothing to this team offensively. Franco took another 0-for, going hitless in all FIVE at-bats and dropping his average to .174.
- Tommy Joseph tied the game in the eighth with an RBI-single, going 1-4 on the day. Joseph has been showing some signs of life over the last week, but is still hitting below .200.
- Aaron Altherr started in center, and went 1-4 with a double to lead off the ninth inning.
- Freddy Galvis drove in Altherr two batters later to give the team the lead.
I can’t remember watching a player that kills the Phillies more than Bryce Harper. The guy just seems to hit home runs at will whenever he’s matched up against Philadelphia pitching.
Joaquin Benoit blew the save today, but its hard for me to get too upset with the bullpen.
The bullpen has been called on to do a lot of heavy lifting in the first few weeks of the season. They’re constantly asked to protect one-run leads while the offense barely scratches out three or four runs a game.
Maikel Franco continues to disappoint. Franco closes the series 0-13, and has been killing the team with a lack of production out of the cleanup hole.
Franco had an opportunity to get the team some valuable insurance in the eighth, coming to bat with the bases loaded, but the third baseman failed to come through again.
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