Long live the streak! Yes, you hear that right, we have a winning streak, it feels so good! We are finally at.500, and business is starting to pick up. You could not have asked for a better offensive game if you tried. So let’s dive in and see why you should have so much excitement if you’re a Phillies fan.
This offense is on fire, and I have to wonder if it will stop anytime soon. We are first in batting average, first in runs per game, fifth in hits, tenth in walks, second in slugging percentage, and third in on-base percentage. Scoring thirteen runs on sixteen hits only help those stats. Bryce Harper continues his hot streak going 2-5, with a three-run home-run, a single, and a stolen base. He’s batting .367 on the season with five home runs, fifteen RBI’s, and four stolen bases. It’s MVP season for Bryce Harper, and we have a front-row seat to it. We also got to see more improvements from players such as McCutchen and Hoskins. With Hoskins hitting his first home run while going 1-5 with a walk. McCutchen went 2-5, adding an RBI and a stolen base to his totals.
McCutchen has gone nine for thirty-one with eight RBI’s, three walks, and one stolen base. He’s batting .290 during this stretch of games. Hoskins has also continued his hitting improvements going nine for twenty-nine, five RBI’s, and five walks. He’s batting .310 during that eight-game stretch. Your heart has to break for Scott Kingery. He’s batting injuries and trying his best to rebound, even going 2-4 in the previous game. However, after going 0-2, Girardi benched him in favor of Phil Gosselin. The Goose, in turn, went 2-3 with an RBI Single and a Home Run to go along with his improved batting average of .429. The Goose has been on a tear as a hitter since summer camp, and he’s making it very hard to see why he should be playing every day.
We also had another great showing from Didi Gregorious, going 2-4, with an RBI, and two walks. Alec Bohm may have been just what the doctor has ordered! Bohm went 2-3 while also being walked twice. He’s currently batting .353, with 2 RBI’s, six hits, and three walks. It was also nice to see Roman Quinn knock in an RBI during his COVID scare. In one of the more surprising things in this game, it was Jay Bruce who ended up being the star of the game. Bruce went 2-5 with an RBI single and a three-run home run. Just like Charlie Manuel says, it’s hitting season.
Zach Eflin is one the most infuriating pitchers I’ve had the pleasure and displeasure to watch. He’s just so darn frustrating due to the talent he has. He allowed four runs on five hits while walking two and striking out eight batters. Along with that, his ERA increased to 5.14 for the season. One can only hope that Zach can figure it out eventually.
The bullpen continues to shine during their fourth straight game. They allowed six hits, two runs, three walks, and seven strikeouts during 4.3 innings of relief. Blake Parker picked up the win after another great outing. He only allowed one hit, one walk, while striking out three batters. He was the winning pitcher for the day. The bullpen has allowed five runs, fourteen hits, six walks, and seventeen strikeouts. Three of the six runs scored were done so with the game out of reach. If the bullpen can continue to perform like this, it will only help us as the Sprint To The Finish wages on.