These Phillies are something else, aren’t they?
For the fourth day in a row, the Phillies’ starting pitchers dominated the competition. Jeremy Hellickson allowed two runs (one earned) and four hits over six innings. He had a few bad moments, but just a few. The first came in the third when Hellickson walked in a run. To be fair, the bases were only loaded because of a Cesar Hernandez error, but he did walk two batters after that. I don’t even want to count the two straight hits he allowed in the sixth as bad, because those were his third and fourth hits of the day. He really was great.
Edubray Ramos pitched a scoreless seventh, and then our old friend Hector Neris came in to pitch the eighth. Neris hasn’t been pitching as much lately, thank God, but his outing today wasn’t good. A single and a double put the Braves up 3-2, and he allowed another single on top of that.
After Neris’ minor disaster, it looked like it was going to be a hard luck loss for the Phillies. But then Freddy Galvis happened.
That’s what won the game. AND THERE WAS MUCH CELEBRATION.
But something else deserves to be mentioned. BEHOLD THE MAJESTY OF MAIKEL FRANCO’S BAT.
::CUES HALLELUJAH CHORUS::
It was his fourth home run in four games, and Matt Gelb put that into context.
Maikel Franco has homered in four straight games. Hasn't been done since Ryan Howard in 2012.— Matt Gelb (@MattGelb) July 6, 2016
Tonight, the Phillies are going to wear Chooch’s black cowboy hats on the flight to Colorado. I want pictures!