In an otherwise lack-luster game, Jerad Eickhoff proved just how much this rotation missed him over these last few years, as he sparkled over 7 innings, allowing just 2 hits and striking out 6.
Now THAT is the kind of vintage Jerad Eickhoff we want to see.— Alex Carr (@AlexCarrMLB) April 27, 2019
His curveball was brilliant, his slider was vicious, and his fastball was perfectly located.
This kid is going to make a big difference.
His final line:
7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K
Eickhoff’s fastball location is always quite impressive, but tonight, his secondaries were just as good. His curveball was working in every which way, and his slider was fooling guys left and right. When his command is there, Jerad is a force to be reckoned with.
The only noteable run scoring came from home runs — one solo shot by JT Realmuto in the bottom of the 1st, and the another solo shot from Maikel Franco in the bottom of the 4th.
Then, in the bottom of the 8th, Bryce Harper launched a 400-foot 2-run shot to right, giving the Phillies the insurance they needed to lock this one up.
While the offense remained relatively quiet with just 6 hits tonight, it’s worth noting that there were multitudes of warning track balls, and some well-worked counts from the entirety of this Phillies squad, which are positive signs in an otherwise bleak showing from the still struggling lineup.
There wasn’t much more action to speak of in this one, but, no matter how you slice it, a win is a win, and this is one that the Phils needed.
Let’s get another one tomorrow.