Miller Time! Phillies ride Brad Miller to 8-0 blanking of the Chicago Cubs. On this night Joe Girardi looked like a genius. With left-handed Adbert Alzolay on the mound, Girardi opted to sit first baseman, right-handed, Rhys Hoskins despite Hoskins being on a nice streak. Hoskins out left-handed utility man Brad Miller in. Sounds crazy right? Girardi was just warming up and called for a double steal. Sounds crazy right?
The double steal worked as JT Realmuto stole home. Good call Joe. Miller hammered not one, not two but three home runs and accounted for five runs batted in. Good move Joe! Miller, a Cub killer pulled off the feat in storybook fashion. His parents were in attendance to witness their son’s first three-homer game and increase his lofty numbers against Chicago.
For his career, Miller has a .308 average with 4 doubles, 6 homers, and 18 RBI. Zach Eflin went six scoreless in scattering five hits, a walk, and striking out five. Chicago only had two runners past first base and that happened in the first inning.
Girardi looked good one more time with Archie Bradley, Hector Neris, and Ranger Suarez each having a shut-out inning with Neris whiffing a pair. Didi Gregorious crushed s two-run homer to account for the 8-0 score and Philadelphia touched the plate 31 times in the four-game series. This game gave a whole new meaning to Miller Time!