The Phils take the series’ lead behind strong pitching from Jerad Eickhoff, as they defeat the Padres, 2-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesStrong pitching from Jerad Eickhoff and Maikel Franco’s bat leads the Phils to a win against the Padres, winning 2-1.

The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the first as, with two men out, Maikel Franco hits a solo home run, his second home run of the year, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils made it a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Franco hits an RBI double, knocking in Odubel Herrera, who had just reached base on an infield single, then moved up to second base on second baseman Cory Spangenberg’s throwing error. That would stay the score as Phils starter Jerad Eickhoff would pitch seven strong innings, giving up just four hits as he struck out nine. The Padres tried to threaten in the top of the eighth as they loaded up the bases, via a lead-off single by Alexi Amarista, who then moved up to second base on a force attempt throwing error by first baseman Ryan Howard on a grounder hit by Jon Jay, who was safe on first on the play, and a walk to Spangenberg, moving both runners up a base, with only one man out. But the Phils would then get out of the inning as reliever David Hernandez came back by first striking out Matt Kemp, swinging, for the inning’s second out, then ending the inning by getting Wil Myers to also strike out, swinging. The Padres finally got on the scoreboard in the top of the ninth as, with a man on second, and with two men out, pinch-hitter Brett Wallace hits an RBI single, knocking in pinch-hitter Derek Norris, who had earlier walked, then moved up to second base on defensive indifference, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Jeanmar Gomez collected his fourth save of the season as he got pinch-hitter Alexei Ramirez to pop out to shortstop for the game’s final out.

Jerad Eickhoff (1-1, 1.50) got the win as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up four hits, while striking out nine. David Hernandez collected his fourth hold of the season as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out the side. Jeanmar Gomez collected his fourth save of the year as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk. Colin Rea (0-1, 5.56) took the lost as he also pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out five. Ryan Buchter pitched a scoreless inning, as he gave up a walk, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had five hits in the game, with Maikel Franco, (Home Run, Double, 2 RBIs) leading the team with two hits. Cesar Hernandez, Odubel Herrera and Cameron Rupp had the other three Phils’ hits, all singles. The Phils also had three walks (Franco, Ryan Howard (Intentional) and Freddy Galvis), stolen base (Emmanuel Burriss) and a hit batter (Burriss) in the game, while the defense committed an error (Howard).

The Phils (4-5, 2nd NL East) conclude their series with the Padres (3-6, T-4th NL West) today with an afternoon game.

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