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.
The Padres took the lead in the top of the third as, with two men on, and with one man out, Jon Jay hits an RBI double, knocking in Alexei Ramirez, who had started the inning off with a single, then stopped at second base on Alexi Amarista’s single, giving the Padres a 1-0 lead, while sending Amarista, who had earlier singled, on to third base. The Padres then made it a 2-0 lead as Cory Spangenberg hits an RBI groundout, 6-3, scoring Amarista, while moving Jay over to third base. The Padres then added to their lead in the top of the fourth as Wil Myers hits a lead-off home run, his second home run of the season, giving the Padres a 3-0 lead. The Phils got a run back in their half of the fourth as, with a runner on third, and with nobody out, Odubel Herrera hits an RBI single, knocking in Cesar Hernandez, who had started the inning off with a triple, making it a 3-1 Padres’ lead. The Phils then made it a 3-2 Padres’ lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Peter Bourjos hits an RBI double, knocking in Cameron Rupp, who had started the inning off with a double. The Phils tied the game up at three-all in the bottom of the sixth as, with the bases loaded, via a lead-off walk to Hernandez, a single by Herrera, moving Hernandez up to second base, and a single by Maikel Franco, moving both runners up a base, and with nobody out, pinch-hitter Darin Ruf hits a sacrifice fly which sends home Hernandez, before Herrera is doubled up trying to go to third base, 6-5, while Franco moves up to second base, a play which the Phils then challenged and is later upheld by the umpires. The Padres retook the lead in the top of the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Derek Morris, who had earlier doubled, then moved up to third base on Ramirez’s infield single to third baseman Franco, whose throw to first was challenged by the Padres and was overturned by the umpires, scored on Amarista’s sacrifice bunt, 1-4, giving the Padres a 4-3 lead, while moving Ramirez, who had earlier reached base on a single, up to second base. That would end up being the final score as Fernando Rodney collected his first save of the season by throwing a scoreless ninth, getting Rupp to pop out to the second baseman for the game’s final out.
Aaron Nola (0-1, 3.21) took the lost as he pitched seven innings, giving up four runs on six hits, while striking out nine. James Russell and Dalier Hinojosa combined for two scoreless innings, giving up two walks (one walk each) between them. Andrew Cashner received a no-decision as he pitched five innings, plus three batters, as he gave up three runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out five. Brad Hand committed his first blown save of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning. Kevin Quackenbush (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man he would face. Carlos Villanueva collected his first hold of the season as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Brandon Maurer also received his first hold of the season as he threw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Fernando Rodney collected his first save of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit.
The Phils had eight hits in the game, with Maikel Franco leading the club with three hits, all singles, followed by Odubel Herrera (RBI) with two hits, also singles. Cesar Hernandez (Triple), Cameron Rupp (Double), Peter Bourjos (Double, RBI) had the other three hits. The Phiis’ final run came in on pinch-hitter Darin Ruf’s sacrifice fly-double play. The Phils’ offense had a walk (Hernandez) in the game, while the defense performed two doubleplays.
The Phils (2-5, 4th NL East) will continue their opening series at home with the Padres (3-4, 4th West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Charlie Morton (0-1, 14.73), who is coming off a bad start against the Reds on April 7, as he went only three and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs on fives hits and two walks, in the Phils 10-6 lost. He will be trying to even up his record while trying to even up the present home series. The Padres will counter with Robbie Erlin (1-0, 0.00), who is coming off a win in relief against the Rockies on April 8, as he pitched three and two-thirds innings, giving up a hit, while striking out two, in the Padres’ 13-6 win. He will be trying to win the series for the Padres. The Phils will be trying to even up the series while going for their first win at home.