Tagged: Vince Velasquez

The Phils end their two game losing streak as they defeat the Marlins, 3-1.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils’ Vince Velsaquez wins his fifth start of the season as the Phils defeat the fish, 3-1.

The Marlins threaten to take the lead in the top of the first as they puts runners on second and third, via a lead-off single by Derek Dietrich and a double by Martin Prado, with Dietrich stopping at third base, with nobody out. But Phils’ starter Vince Velasquez would get out of the inning by getting Christian Yelich to ground out sharply to shortstop, 6-3, for the inning’s first out, forcing both runners to stay at their present bases, then striking out Giancarlo Stanton, swinging, for the inning’s second out, before ending the inning by getting Justin Bour to foul out to the third baseman for the inning’s final out. The Phils then took the lead in the bottom of the second as, with nobody out, Tommy Joseph hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the season, and of his major league career, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils would increase their lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Peter Bourjos hits an RBI single, knocking in Freddy Galvis, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base as, with one man out, pinch-hitter Emmanuel Burriss strikes out, swinging, 2-3, as the ball gets away from catcher Jeff Mathis, who then threw the ball to first baseman Bour for the putout, for the inning’s second out, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Phils made it a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the sixth as, with a runner on first, and with one man out, Joseph hits a single to right center field, which got past center fielder Marcell Ozuna for a fielding error, allowing Cesar Hernandez, who had started the inning off with a single, to score, while allowing Jospeh to reach third base on the two-base error. The Marlins would finally get on the scoreboard in the top of the ninth as, with the bases loaded, via a one-out single by Adeiny Hechavarria, a double by pinch-hitter J.T. Realmuto, with Hechavarria stopping at third base, and a walk by pinch-hitter Chris Johnson, and with one man out, Dietrich hits a sacrifice fly to center field for the inning’s second out, knocking in Hechavarria, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead. That would end up being the final score as Jeanmar Gomez knotted his fifteenth save of the season by getting Prado to ground out, 3-1, for the game’s final out.

Vince Velasquez (5-1, 2.42) got the win as he pitched five scoreless innings, giving up three hits and two walks, while striking out ten. Elvis Araujo collected his fourth hold of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Andrew Bailey received his third hold of the season as he threw a third of an inning, getting out the only man whom he would face. David Hernandez collected his ninth hold of the year as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits while striking out the side. Hector Neris received his tenth hold of the year as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out the side. Jeanmar Gomez collected his fifteenth save of the season as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a walk. Wei-Yin Chen (3-2, 4.22) took the lost as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs, only two of which were earned, on six hits, while striking out six. Dustin McGowan pitched two scoreless innings, hitting a batter, while striking out three.

The Phils had six hits in the game, with Tommy Joseph (RBI) leading the team with three hits, two singles and a home run. Cesar Hernandez (Single), Freddy Galvis (Double) and Peter Bourjos (Single, RBI), had the other three Phils’ hits, while the final Phil run came in on a fielding error. The Phils also had a hit batter (Bourjos) and a stolen base (Bourjos (2)) in the game.

The Phils (23-17, T-2nd) concluded their series with the Marlins (21-18, 4th) earlier this afternoon.

The Phils take the series opener from the 1st place Nats as they once again reach the .500 mark, winning 4-3.

Philadelphia_PhilliesThe Phils return to .500 as they hang on to defeat the Nats, winning 4-3.

The Phils took the lead in the top of the first as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Andres Blanco hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in Odubel Herrera, who had started the game off with a walk, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Nats would get a run back in the bottom of the second as, with a man on third, and with one man out, Danny Espinosa knock in the runner via a suicide squeeze sacrifice bunt, 4-3, knocking in Daniel Murphy, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on pitcher Vince Velasquez’s wild pitch, making it a 2-1 Phils’ lead. The Phils added to their lead in the top of the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Cesar Hernandez hits an RBI single, knocking in Cameron Rupp, who had earlier doubled, then stopped at third base on David Lough’s fielder’s choice grounder, 3-2 as Ryan Howard, who had started the inning off with a walk, then went to third base on Rupp’s double, is thrown out at home plate, with catcher Jose Lobaton applying the tag, for the inning’s first out, giving the Phils a 3-1 lead, while sending Lough, who had safely reached first base on the force at home, moved up to second base. The Nats would make it a 3-2 Phils’ lead in the bottom of the fifth as, with two men on, and with two men out, Bryce Harper hits an RBI single, knocking in Michael Taylor, who had earlier walked, moving up to second base Max Scherzer, who had earlier singled, then moved up to second base on Anthony Rendon’s force out grounder, five-unassisted, as third baseman Maikel Franco touched the third base bag to force out Scherzer, while sending Rendon, who was safe at first on the force out, up to second base. The Nats then tied the game up at three-all one batter later as Ryan Zimmerman hits an RBI single, knocking in Rendon, while sending Harper on to third base. The Phils regained the lead in the top of the seventh as, with a man on second, and with one man out, Franco hits an RBI double, knocking in Blanco, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. That would end up being the final score as Jeanmar Gomez collected his fifth save of the season by pitching a scoreless ninth, getting Harper to ground out, 5-3, for the game’s final out.

Vince Velasquez (3-1, 1.78) got the win as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on five hits, three walks and a wild pitch, while striking out four. David Hernandez collected his sixth hold of the year as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Hector Neris collected his fourth hold of the season as he also threw a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while also striking out two. Jeanmar Gomez collected his fifth save of the year as he threw a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Max Scherzer received a no-decision as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and four walks, while striking out seven. Oliver Perez (1-1, 3.00) took the lost as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Shawn Kelley pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face. Matt Belisle and Felipe Rivero would combine for two scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Rivero), while striking out two (Rivero).

The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Andres Blanco (Home Run, Double, Single, 2 RBIs) and Cesar Hernandez (Singles, RBI) both leading the team with three hits each. Odubel Herrera (Single), Maikel Franco (Double, RBI) and Cameron Rupp (Double), had the other three Phils’ hits. The Phils’ offense also had five walks (Herrera (2), Blanco, Ryan Howard and David Lough) and a sacrifice bunt (Vince Velasquez) in the game, while the defense committed an error (Velasquez).

The Phils (10-10, 3rd) continue their three-game series with the Nationals (14-5, 1st) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Nationals Park and is to start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Jeremy Hellickson (1-1, 5.21), who is coming off a no-decision against the Mets on April 20, as he pitched four and a third innings, giving up four runs on ten hits, a walk and a wild pitch, while striking out six, in the Phils’ 5-4, extra-inning win. He will be going for his second win of the season, while trying to give the Phils the series win. The Nats will counter with Gio Gonzalez (1-0, 1.42), who is coming off a win against the Twins on April 22, as he went six innings, giving up three runs, two of which were earned, on six hits, a walk and a wild pitch, while striking out eight, in the Nats’ 8-4 win. He will be trying to even up the series. The Phils will be going for their third straight road series win.

The Phils take the series from the Padres behind shut out pitching by Vince Velasquez, winning 3-0.

Philadelphia_PhilliesBehind nine innings of shutout ball by starter Vince Velasquez, who would strike out sixteen Padres, the Phils would take the series from the Padres, as they even up their record, winning 3-0.

The Phils would take the lead in the bottom of the second as Ryan Howard hits a lead-off home run, his third home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead in the bottom of the sixth as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Howard hits a sacrifice fly, knocking in Odubel Herrera, who had started the inning off with a walk, stole second base, then moved up to third on Maikel Franco’s ground out, 5-3, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Phils then made it a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the seventh as, with a man on third, and with two men out, Andres Blanco, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Peter Bourjos’ sacrifice bunt, would score on pitcher Carlos Villanueva’s wild pitch. That would end up being the final score as Velasquez would pitch a nine-inning shut out, as he struck out sixteen Padres, with Wil Myers being his last victim as he ended the ballgame striking out, swinging.

Vince Velasquez (2-0, 0.00) got the win as he threw a complete game shutout, giving up only three hits, all singles, while striking out sixteen. Drew Pomeranz (1-1, 3.27) took the lost as he threw six innings, giving up two runs on three hits and three walks, while striking out eight. Carlos Villanueva pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a wild pitch, while striking out a batter. Brandon Maurer pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two walks, while striking out a batter.

The Phils had only four hits in the game, a home run by Ryan Howard (2 RBIs), a double by Andres Blanco, a double by Peter Bourjos and a single by Vince Velasquez. The other Phil run came in on a wild pitch. The Phils’ offense also had five walks (Odubel Herrera (3), Howard (1), Blanco (1)), a stolen base (Herrera), a sacrifice fly (Howard) and a sacrifice bunt (Bourjos), and one man caught stealing (Cesar Hernandez) in the ballgame.

The Phils (5-5, 2nd) will start a three-game series with the Nationals (6-1, 1st) tomorrow, starting with a night game. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Jeremy Hellickson (1-0, 1.54), who is coming off a win against the Mets on April 10, as he went five and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 5-2 win. He will be trying to get his second win of the season, while trying to lead the Phils to their first four game winning streak of the season. The Nationals have yet to announce their starter. The Phils will be trying to increase their winning streak to four game while trying to cut down the Nats’ present lead.