Mother’s Day. So many memories of our mothers driving us to and from Little League games, stopping to get ice cream on the way home and sitting in the stands watching us strike out, still cheering away that “at least he went down swinging!” What better way for the Phillies to treat their mothers than with a shellacking of the Pirates and another win, their ninth in a row.
It started quickly for the Phillies and didn’t really end from there. They scored two in the first, two in the second and after a brief rally by the Pirates in the third that brought them within one, they continued their scoring and never looked back.
Jean Segura continued his All-Star caliber season with a four hit performance, knocking around two doubles, driving one in and scoring three runs of his own. The first four hitters in the lineup each had a multi-hit game and scored 8 of the team’s 11 runs. Didi Gregorius, Andrew McCutchen and Rhys Hoskins all went deep, Hoskins’ being of the pinch hit variety. It was an all-around offensive attack that continued to show that the team is both deep and versatile in how they have the ability to score runs.
On the mound, Vince Velasquez had a Velasquez-worthy outing, throwing 98 pitches in only four innings, but it didn’t really matter much since the Pirates were basically done early. The bullpen yet again was superb, allowing only four hits and one run over five innings in relief of Velasquez.
The Phillies are off tomorrow and head home for a measuring stick-type series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.