Player News - Phillies

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Maikel Franco went 2-for-3 and ripped a solo home run during Saturday's 2-1 win over the Blue Jays.

This was an exceptionally well-pitched game on both sides and Franco was the first to strike a blow. His fifth-inning shot off starter Jaime Garcia opened the scoring. The Phillies' third baseman has been productive this year with a .263 batting average, eight home runs and 31 RBI in 44 games.
May 26 - 8:32 PM

Luis Garcia allowed a hit but no runs in the ninth inning to earn a save against the Blue Jays on Saturday.

He was called upon to protect a one-run lead in the final frame. He surrendered an infield single to lead-off batter Josh Donaldson, then struck out Justin Smoak. Cesar Hernandez then grounded into a game-ending double play to give Garcia his first save of the year. The Phillies' closer situation is wide open at this point. Seranthony Dominguez pitched in a setup capacity and got the win in this one. Hector Neris and Edubray Ramos did not pitch. Any of those guys could get the next save chance. Garcia has a 3.05 ERA in 24 games.
May 26 - 8:28 PM

Aaron Nola didn't allow a hit until the seventh inning, notched 10 strikeouts and yielded just one run in 6 2/3 innings versus the Blue Jays on Saturday.

He surrendered only one hit in the ballgame and that was an RBI-single by Russell Martin in the seventh inning. Unfortunately that one run was enough to deprive him of a win as the Phillies didn't take the lead until the eighth frame. The 24-year-old has quickly developed into one of the best pitchers in baseball. He has a 6-2 record with a 2.27 ERA and 0.98 WHIP in 11 starts. He's accumulated 67 strikeouts against just 17 walks in 71 1/3 innings.
May 26 - 8:20 PM

Carlos Santana clubbed his ninth home run of the season as the Phillies fell to the Blue Jays on Friday night.

Santana also drew a walk in the ballgame, finishing the night 1-for-3. His two-run blast off of Blue Jays' starter Sam Gaviglio pulled the Phillies to within three runs at 6-3 in the sixth inning. He's now hitting .205/.329/.439 with nine long balls and 32 RBI on the year. He's still best deployed in leagues that utilize on-base percentage rather than batting average, as he continues to be a serious drain in that category.
May 25 - 10:28 PM

Zach Eflin struggled in Friday's loss to the Blue Jays, surrendering six runs (five earned) on nine hits over his 4 2/3 innings.

On the plus side, he did manage to strike out seven on the night while walking only one. He also chipped in offensively, clubbing his first big league home run. The Blue Jays jumped on him for three runs in the first inning, then finished the job with three more to chase him in the fifth, two of those on a mighty blast by Justin Smoak. Eflin now sits at 1-1 on the season with a 3.27 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 24/7 K/BB ratio in 22 innings on the season. He'll take on the Dodgers his next time out in Los Angeles on Wednesday.
May 25 - 10:26 PM

Phillies OF prospect Adam Haseley went 2-for-4 with a run scored on Thursday for High-A Clearwater.

Haseley also walked, and hit his ninth double of the season for the Thrashers. The eighth pick of the 2017 draft, Haseley shoots line drives to all parts of the field, but in order to maximize his hit tool, he's going to have to show more patience at the plate than he has this season (seven walks in 179 plate appearances). He did show that approach when he was at Virginia, and he also has solid power and above-average speed. He could be a regular for the Phillies by the end of the decade.
May 25 - 2:07 PM

Carlos Santana finished Wednesday's 4-0 victory against the Braves with a pair of singles, a run scored and an RBI across four at-bats.

Santana notched his 30th RBI in the victory, which is nice, but he is still slashing just .202/.325/.423. The power numbers will be there, he just needs to pick up the pace in the batting average category to help his fantasy owners. The hits will come as he gets acclimated to the National League and starts seeing pitchers for a second and third time.
May 23 - 11:25 PM

Seranthony Dominguez worked 1 1/3 perfect innings of relief while posting a strikeout in Wednesday's relief appearance against the Braves.

Dominguez notched his fifth hold to go with one save since his recall from Triple-A Lehigh Valley earlier this month and he has yet to allow a run across nine innings over eight relief appearances. He appears to have closer-like stuff, and could potentially be used for ninth-inning duties if Hector Neris needs rest or falters at any point. For now, consider Dominguez a stash option in deeper formats if you have the roster flexibility.
May 23 - 11:21 PM

Jake Arrieta scattered seven hits over 6 2/3 scoreless innings while allowing one walk with seven strikeouts in a win Wednesday against the visiting Braves.

Arrieta looked ace-like against the Braves, as the Phillies scratched back within a half-game of first place Atlanta in the National League East. It was his first victory since April 25, but it isn't due to a stretch of poor pitching. Wednesday's outing marked his third consecutive quality start. He has now allowed just two homers over his 51 1/3 innings this season. He'll try to carry over the momentum into next Tuesday's road outing against the Dodgers to kick off a two-start week.
May 23 - 11:16 PM

Jerad Eickhoff (lat) will visit a surgeon who specializes in Thoracic Outlet Syndrome to discuss the nerve issues in his fingers.

Eickhoff felt a twinge at the tips of his middle and index finger when throwing breaking-balls in his rehab start on Monday. He'll visit with Dr. Robert Thompson, a vascular surgeon who specializes in Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. For now, We should know more about the next steps for the right-hander after the visit.
May 23 - 7:56 PM

Vince Velasquez fanned nine but couldn’t get through the fifth on Tuesday, giving up two runs – one earned – over 4 1/3 frames in a loss to the Braves.

Failing to pitch deep into a game is nothing new for Velasquez, of course, although he had gone at least six his last two times out. A throwing error by Nick Williams led to an unearned run and the righty’s exit in the fifth. Velasquez now boasts a 64/19 K/BB ratio across 51 2/3 frames but also a 4.18 ERA and 1.37 WHIP. He gets the Dodgers next.
May 22 - 11:33 PM

Rhys Hoskins went 0-for-4 with a couple strikeouts in Tuesday's loss to the Braves.

He wasn't the only one, as the Phillies managed just seven hits and one run against Brandon McCarthy and the Braves' bullpen. Hoskins homered over the weekend in St. Louis, but that's the only hit he's had in 19 at-bats over his last five games. He's still sporting a healthy .373 OBP, but his average is down to .237.
May 22 - 11:19 PM

Nick Pivetta blanked the Braves for seven innings in the Phillies' 3-0 victory Monday.

At this point, it seems safe to say that Pivetta has overtaken Punto as the best Nick P in Phillies history. He's 4-2 with a 3.53 ERA in 10 starts this year. His K:BB ratio is exactly 5:1 after he struck out seven and walked one tonight (60/12 K/BB in 53 IP).
May 21 - 10:09 PM

Hector Neris needed eight pitches to throw a perfect ninth and earn his ninth save Monday against the Braves.

Gabe Kapler is getting more creative with his pen, but he hasn't given up on Neris, who earned his first save since giving up three runs in blowing a game against the Mets 10 days ago. He's a subpar 9-for-12 in save chances this year, though he's given up runs in just four of his 20 appearances.
May 21 - 10:08 PM

Nick Williams went 2-for-4 and homered Monday in the victory over the Braves.

Williams got the start over Aaron Altherr in this one, but he didn't actually help his cause over Altherr, since Altherr hit a two-run homer in his lone at-bat off the bench. Those two homers accounted for all of the Phillies' scoring tonight. Williams has been performing better in limited action this month, going 10-for-32 with two homers. That's raised his OPS from .532 to .685.
May 21 - 10:03 PM


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