Phillies rock Padres with six home runs
By STEVEN TYDINGS
PHILADELPHIA — Phillies manager Pete Mackanin was pleasantly surprised by his team’s power display on Sunday.
“I normally don’t bring notes with me,” Mackanin said at the podium after the game, “but I got to try to remember all those home runs we hit. That was really something.”
Freddy Galvis hit two of his team’s six home runs, Jerad Eickhoff threw five shutout innings, and the Phillies topped the San Diego Padres 7-1 to break their five-game slide.
Rookie outfielder Nick Williams began the run of homers with his first in the majors during the second inning.
Cameron Rupp followed two batters later with another solo homer and Galvis hit a two-run shot in the third inning.
Odubel Herrera and Aaron Altherr added solo home runs in sixth and seventh innings respectively and Galvis went back-to-back after Altherr’s for his second of the game.
Galvis’ first home run was a tape measure shot. He jokingly credited the wind, adding that he “saw the ball pretty good today.” He is the fourth Phillie to reach 10 homers.
Eickhoff (1-7) returned from the disabled list with a strong start for the Phillies. He tied a season high with eight strikeouts and held the Padres to just five hits and a walk. He threw 71 pitches in his first start since June 17.
Eickhoff earned his first win since Sept. 21, 2016. He said he had a consistent curveball and was also happy with his slider.
“The season tests you a little bit,” Eickhoff said. “You never know when that first win is gonna come. Sometimes it’s later than you’d like or than you’d want.”
The previous time the Phillies hit six home runs in a game was Aug. 11, 2004, against Colorado. They snapped a five-game losing streak, but enter the All-Star break with baseball’s worst record at 29-58. Still, […]