This afternoon the Phillies and Twins met for the third and final game of their series on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies went into the game with a record of 5-2 after suffering their second lost of the season to the Twins the night before by score of 6-2. On the mound for the Phils was Zach Eflin who was able to stifle the visiting Twins allowing just one run in 7 innings of work. Eflin compiled five strikeouts and conceded six hits, getting important outs with Twins in scoring position. This was Eflin’s second outing on the bump for the Phils after an impressive start to the 2019 season in D.C. where he allowed just three hits in five innings.
The game started slow for the Phillies who were only able to scratch two runs across the plate but it’s these grind out wins that last year’s Phillies failed to come out on top of which hurt them down the stretch. After 5 and 2/3 of scoreless innings, with LF Andrew Mccutchen on third, two outs, and a full count, Rhys Hoskins proved again why he’s one of the best sluggers in the game of baseball with a deep drive to left center.
The Phillies would go on to win the game by a final score of 2-1 as reliever Hector Neris was brought in to finish things up in the top of 9th. Neris did just that as he ended the game with three straight outs including two Ks. The Phillies now switch their attention to another tough series against the Washington Nationals with Vince Velasquez expected to make his first official start of the new season, 7:05 @ Citizens Bank Park.