Well, That was refreshing! Phillies win behind Wheeler and Miller, 6-2. Entering this game, With an off-day looming, the Red Sox opted to give Xander Bogearts and JD Martinez an additional day off. Factor in a banged-up Alex Verdugo and the BoSox were ready to have their four-game winning streak snapped.
There is a reason they call a pitcher “A stopper” and Zack Wheeler is just that. After a lead-off single by Kiki Hernandez, Wheeler retired the next seventeen batters. Wheeler (7.1 innings, 3 hits, 1 earned run. A single walk, and a career high 12 strikeouts) made one mistake which turned out to be a monstrous 474 foot home run by Frenchy Cordero.
Team Philadelphia finally got a first-inning lead and some elusive runs. Odubel Herrera (3 for 4, 1 RBI) started things off when he was hit by a pitch then swiped second. The shift was put on for Rhys Hoskins who beat it with an RBI single. Alec Bohm drew a walk bringing up Brad Miller.
Miller was playing in right field giving the struggling Bryce Harper a mental health day. Miller promptly smashed a ball into the screen beside the foul pole and Philly found themselves up, 4 zip. Cordero hit his tape-measure shot in the 8th making it 4-1 but Andrew McCutchen added a sac fly and the consistent, Odubel Herrera stroked an RBI double in the bottom of the inning making it 6-1.
Rafael Devers added a home run of his own to get it to the 6-2 final. The Phils ended the 2-4 homestand and head out for another nine-game trip. The win ended a four-game losing streak and the Phils cut back their strikeouts to under 10. Not by much though as they finished with a team total of nine. Rhys Hoskins went 1 for 3 with a walk and a Run Batted In. Brad Miller posted a 2 for 4 contest with 2 runs scored and three RBI’s. Phillies win behind Wheeler and Miller.