Phillies cruise past Braves 12-2, win 5th straight
The Philadelphia Phillies are rolling right now. Coming off of a 4 game sweep against the Milwaukee Brewers, the team looked to extend their winning streak to 5 as they took on division rival, the Atlanta Braves.
The boys didn’t waste any time to get Zach Eflin run support, putting up an astounding 6 runs in the top of the 1st inning. After hitting a clutch go-ahead 2 run home run in his previous game, Alec Bohm got the Phillies on the board early with his RBI single to score Rhys Hoskins. To follow this up, Jean Segura shined in his first game following his 2.5-week injury hiatus, scoring Bryce Harper and J.T Realmuto with a 2 RBI single.
Finally, it was time for Odubel Herrera to step up to the plate. Odubel has needed a big break all season to prove to anybody that he was worth keeping on the roster. He helped his case today, launching a 3 run, 412-foot bomb to center field to extend the lead to 6-0. Struggling to get out of the 1st, the Braves were forced to pull two-time All-Star Charlie Morton after just 28 pitches.
During the top of the 3rd inning, Andrew McCutchen, who’s been playing very well lately, hit a ground ball to score Didi Gregorious and increase the Phils lead to 7-1.
The game was generally silent until the 6th, where Alec Bohm yet again hit an RBI single to score, yet again, Rhys Hoskins. It was this same inning that Cutch would hit an RBI single to score Jean Segura.
Zach Eflin would then be pulled after cruising his way through 6.2 innings, giving up 5 hits and just 2 runs with tallying 8 strikeouts.
Finally, in the top of the 8th inning, the Best Catcher In Baseball launched a 2 run missile out towards left field to even further extend the lead, making it an 11-2 ballgame. The bats were absolutely on fire at this point, and the Phillies had this game all but in the bag. However, that wasn’t enough for them with Didi Gregorious scoring on a grounder.
David Hale would enter the game during the 8th inning and go all the way to the end, as the Phillies tore the Braves apart in a 12-2 victory.
Another noteworthy stat from this game was the fact that Jean Segura totaled 4 hits in 5 at-bats. After missing the last 14 games due to injury, his presence was certainly felt in the lineup.
Catch the Phillies again tonight, taking on the Atlanta Braves at 7:20 PM.
Mandatory Credit: MLB.com