On The Mound
- Nick Pivetta made what will likely be his final start in the rotation with Aaron Nola set to return from the DL. Pivetta lasted 4.2 innings, allowing one run on three hits and four walks while striking out five.
- Pivetta got through four innings scoreless, and recorded two outs in the fifth before Pete Mackanin decided to give him the hook in favor of Joely Rodriguez.
- Rodriguez was then lit up for five runs in the inning. He returned to give up two more in the sixth.
- Rodriguez’s final line was seven runs on six hits and two walks.
- Pat Neshek recorded the final two outs of the sixth.
- Joaquin Benoit got some work in with a scoreless seventh.
- Mark Leiter mopped up the eighth.
At The Plate
- The offense picked up four runs on eight hits.
- Tommy Joseph hit a two-run homer in the ninth.
- Maikel Franco hit a solo shot in the fifth.
- Franco also drove in a run in the second.
- Andrew Knapp went 1-4 with a double.
- Michael Saunders went 1-2 with a triple.
- Cesar Hernandez went 0-4, dropping his average below .300.
- Odubel Herrera went 0-4 with three strikeouts.
- Aaron Altherr went 2-4 with a couple of singles.
Another slaughter out in Texas.
The Phillies end a truly wretched series with a sweep, and are now 10 games below .500.
I don’t like the way Pete Mackanin managed the pitching staff today. Nick Pivetta had pitched well enough today that he should have been given the opportunity to finish the fifth. Instead, the call to Joely Rodriguez was a disaster that put the game out of reach.