Bullpen Falters But Phils Hang On for 4-3 Victory
Vince Velasquez went seven strong innings allowing just two hits while striking out seven.
“ That’s the best performance Vinny gave us all year and we really needed it,” Phillies manager Joe Girardi said.
Some things will never change and the bullpen made it interesting with Connor Brogdon and Jose Alvarado walking the bases loaded in the eighth inning. Alvarado uncorked a wild pitch to score one run then surrendered a ninth-inning two-run homer to Adam Dunn before retiring the side to get the save.
The defense was especially on point with Bryce Harper and Rhys Hoskins making outstanding catches. Andrew McCutchen started things off with an RBI single. Rhys Hoskins seems to be getting hot and went yard to make it 2-0. Pinch hitter Odubel Herrera knocked in a run with a double before ultimately scoring on a wild pitch. If you are enjoying this article check out some of the other great articles and more on the EOP Website. For even more coverage tune into the Pattison Ave Phanatics Show, every Saturday morning at 9 am.
Then… the bullpen took over
Then… the bullpen took over…first Connor Brogdon who lasted only 2/3 of an inning giving up a run-off two walks, striking out a pair. Jose Alvardo spelled Brogdon and allowed the two-run Dunn shot. Jean Segura was activated and to make room, Spencer Howard was optioned the Triple-A to work on getting to 100 pitches… not that it matters as Joe Girardi never allows anyone to get 100 pitches. Vince Velasquez walked off the field Tuesday night to a decent ovation, a deserving reaction after he pitched the first seven innings and thankfully the Phils hang on for a 4-3 victory over Miami. He struck out seven, walked none, and allowed just two hits and no runs.