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Notes From The Phillies’ 8-3 Loss To Chicago

The Philadelphia Phillies lost the second game of their series with Chicago, falling 8-3. Their record drops to 12-13.

On The Mound

  • Jeremy Hellickson finally turned in a rough outing, allowing six runs on eight hits over just four innings.
  • Hellickson was tagged for three home runs. His ERA was below 2.00 coming into the game, but he left with a 3.18.
  • Mark Leiter mopped up three innings, and allowed two runs on a hit and three walks.
  • Hector Neris came on in the eighth and allowed two hits but no runs.

At The Plate

  • The offense put up just three runs on four hits.
  • Aaron Altherr continues to be one of the team’s best players. Altherr began the game with a solo home run, and also singled and walked.
  • Odubel Herrera went 0-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Maikel Franco went 0-3 with a walk.
  • Michael Saunders went 1-4 and drove in a run.
  • Tommy Joseph went 1-2 with a double.
  • Freddy Galvis ended his hitting streak with an 0-4.

Final Thoughts

Jeremy Hellickson’s run had to end sooner or later.

Hellickson had been a rock through his first five starts, but run into a buzzsaw tonight. It’s a shame to see his ERA balloon so much from this outing, his 3.18, while by no means terrible, really isn’t a good enough showing of how well he pitched in the first month.

You can’t say enough about how good Aaron Altherr has been since getting a chance to play every day. It’s still early, and we have to see how the league adjusts to him as he gets more at-bats, but right now he’s really looking like a guy who has a chance to stick.

The same can’t be said for Odubel Herrera, who has been a disappointment. I think the Phils may want to think about flipping Herrera and Altherr in the order, giving a little more pop to the three-hole.

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