It was a rough weekend for the Phillies.
After a 1:35 rain delay, the St. Louis Cardinals exploded for a season-high 15 hits against Jake Arrieta on Friday, including five RBIs from Jose Martinez, en route to a 12-4 dominant win. Arrieta only went three innings, giving up four runs on five hits and two walks to go with a lone strikeout.
The Phils almost blew a two-run lead Saturday afternoon, as the Cardinals scored at least one run in four consecutive innings. Down a run, Scott Kingery hit his first career triple before Jorge Alfaro slammed a pinch-hit single to score Kingery for the game-winning run in a 7-6 win. Odubel Herrera hit a two-run homer to extend his on-base streak to 45 games, even though he reached base on the third strike in his final at-bat in the ninth. But Zach Eflin struggled, going 4 2/3 innings and gave up four runs on three hits and three walks while striking out four.
But a rookie stymied the Phillies yesterday afternoon. Jack Flaherty threw 7 2/3 innings and struck out 13 batters in 120 pitches, giving up two hits and a run in the process in a 5-1 win over the Phils. That run was a Rhys Hoskins solo home run.
Aaron Nola was meh after heating up in his last few starts. He gave up four runs on seven hits in six innings and struck out six. Odubel Herrera’s on-base streak ended as he went 0-for-4, including a ninth inning battle with Jordan Hicks, who threw two pitches at 105 mph with all five coming at above 102 mph.
A huge three-game home series with the Braves looms. Nick Pivetta takes the mound for the first game tonight at 7:05 PM on NBC Sports Philadelphia.
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