With every game being meaningful, the Philadelphia sent a statement to the Milwaukee Brewers with a home run barrage and 12-0 win.
They Did What?
If you are a home run fan, this one was for you, If you are a fan of well pitched game, this one was also for you.
An historic day which witnessed the first ever Grand Slam from Jean Segura and an historic 500th career strikeout for Hector Neris that climaxed with an eye-opening 12-0 Phillies victory. !2 runs off 16 hits. Brad Miller with not one, but, two bombs put the exclamtion point on this one.
Wheeler continues to make a push for the Cy Young with his 5 hits, 9 strikeouts 6 inning outing in which he hurled 99 pitches.
Hector Neris entered and picked up his 500th career srikeout in his one inning of work with Matt Moore mopping up with a one walk, three strike out performance in his two innings. Neris becomes just the fifth Phillies pitcher to record at least 60 appearances in four consecutive seasons. Neris joins an elite crew (Jack Baldschun, Ron Reed, Ricky Bottalico and Ryan Madsen), Neris is now second to Reed in career Phillies strikeouts, Reed posted 519, After a rocky start, Neris has made adjustments and, since July 4th, has allowed only 4 earned runs in his last 28 1/3 innings with an ERA of only 1.27.
They Hit How Many?
Bryce Harper is another who may be in consideration for post-season accolades and started the home run barrage with a two run shot, his 28th of the season. Harper is the only player in the Big Leagues with a plus .300 average (.301), On Base Percentage over .400 (.411), a slugging percentage over .500 (.589).
Freddy Galvis connected for his third homer in four games. Galvis started slow with the Phils (2 for 18) but has been on fire recently, going 7 for his last 21.
Bamboo Brad Miller connected for a pair of homers, bringing his total for the season to 18, Mr. Steady, Andrew McCutchen nailed a solo shot and Jean Segura went 3 for 5 with the highlight being his first career grand salami.. Ronald Torreyes chipped in with a 2 for 3 day with a run scored and an RBI.
To Make Playoffs
To make the playoffs, Philadelphia has to find a way to get the best of quality pitching opponents. This game was a good start with Brandon Woodruff on the mound. Philadelphia beat up Woodruff with 9 hits, 4 earned runs and a walk in his 6 innings.
Brad Boxberger took the majority of the onsalught surrendering 3 hits with 5 runs and a pair of walks in his appearance. Boxberger never recorded a single out.
Brad Miller spoke to the Media about what needs to be done, “If you want to be in the playoffs and win a series, you have to beat these studs like Woodruff”