So, that happened.
On a day where the rain seemed to not want to quit for a second the Phillies squeaked out yet another 1 run victory, the Indians' 6th straight one run loss lol. Much of this victory can be attributed to Vinny, who didn't have his best control throughout the day until he had the groundscrew dry up the pitching mound, after that he finished off the last 9 batters he faced for 6 IP, 0 R, 4 BB and 6 Ks.
Vinny is now (4-1) with a 1.44 ERA and has already amassed a 1.1 fWAR, good for 7th in the entire league. So yea, he's pretty damn good.
Runs were not easy to come by as they haven't been all season. All the scoring for the Fightins was done in the 3rd inning with a Galvis RBI single to score Velasquez and then a balk by Danny Salazar to bring in the second run. It was probably one of the more blatant balks you will ever see.
After Vinny left in the 6th something that is still amazing me happened, the bullpen entered and basically cruised to the end of the game. David Hernandez came in (being double switched with Maikel Franco which made me start throwing hot dogs around in my seat out of panic, but it turns out he is fine) and pitched 2 scoreless innings to get them to the 9th with the 2-0 lead in tact.
Now with super closer Jeanmar Gomez unavailable, Hector Neris was set up to get his first shot at a save. He gave up a 1 out homer to Carlos Santana, not the musician apparently, ending the bullpen's 20 consecutive scoreless inning streak, the longest streak in baseball by any bullpen this year. I would not think I'd be saying anything even remotely close to that positive about this bullpen a few weeks ago, but hey, a bullpen is gonna bullpen.
Neris finished the game off with a K, his 24th in 15 1/3 innings, tying him for Dellin Betances for the lead in Ks by a relief pitcher.
I honestly can't say at this point if it is the fans or the team that is having more fun, but I really hope they keep the fun rolling in St Louis.
And oh yea, Darin Ruf did a thing in the field again.