It's a big return for the Phillies offense down at The Bank this afternoon, basking in the spring's afternoon sun and beating down the Braves, 10-3. Clearly not satisfied with last night's performance, where they mustered just five hits, they nearly triple that total in today's fourteen hit outburst against the visitors.
Jerad Eickhoff didn't shut the Braves out, but he didn't need to either with all the back-up from the bats. He would allow two to score over seven innings, while striking out six - enough to improve him to 7-0. What a remarkable role he is on. Mike Foltynewicz seemed like his head was anywhere but the ballgame he was pitching in today. The righty would suffer through three rough innings, where he got smacked around for a total of six runs.
One of the men on the warpath for Philadelphia so far this year has been Cody Asche, who continued his power trip this afternoon with a three-run jack in the very first inning. It would get worse for Atlanta in the second, when Odubel Herrera would jump the yard with a two-run home run to right. In the fourth, it was El Torito striking once more with a two-run single to left-center. In the same frame, it would be Franco adding on another with an RBI single. Herrera wasn't done causing damage, as in the fifth, he would loop a beautiful RBI single into right to make it 9-0. Later in the fifth, Gomez would cap off the Phils' scoring for the day with a sac-fly to left.
In the sixth, the Braves would finally break through on the scoring front, thanks to a two-run homer to right off the bat of Ender Inciarte - who, let's not forget, spent a cup of coffee with the Phils as a Rule 5 pick in 2013. In the eighth, Freddie Freeman would add another cosmetic run with a solo homer to center. That would be the last run to come across for the game. It's series finale time tomorrow, with a pair of young arms on the hill in Sean Newcomb and Jake Thompson.
ATL: M. Foltynewicz 3 IP - 6 ER - 7 H - 2 K
PHI: J. Eickhoff 7 IP - 2 ER - 6 H - 6 K
ATL: E. Inciarte 2-4 - 2B (16) - HR (2) - 2 RBI (19) - 1 R
PHI: O. Herrera 4-5 - HR (7) - 5 RBI (21) - 3 R
WP: Jerad Eickhoff (7-0, 1.47)
LP: Mike Foltynewicz (4-3, 3.94)