The Phillies played their first in a nine game away series last night in an enduring yet successful fashion. Taking the San Diego Padres to 12 innings before claiming the win on Friday.
The win sees the team move up to a 43-67 record and fourth in their division whilst it becomes their 14th in 19 following the All-Star break. Four now seems to be the magic number as the Phils came back from a 3-0 disadvantage to come back and win 4-3.
Cameron Rupp’s home run in the 12th sealed the deal but it was Aaron Nola who stole the spotlight, giving up just three runs in six innings and even they weren’t all his fault. A slight wobble saw a ball make contact with a batter before allowing a hit in the Sixth. But the Rookie responded by striking out three just moments later.
It was his most impressive game so far as he found himself being squeezed from start to finish, but only one slight blip occurred, he never lost his composure. A promising sign for Nola and Phils fans alike and surely the makings of a franchise pitcher.
The remaining three Homers came from Domonic Brown, a very hot Ryan Howard and an improving Cody Asche. Ryan Howard’s home run became his 19th of the year. Chase Utley was back in the lineup after being on the disabled list since late June. He batted leadoff for the first time in eleven years and singled his way to 1 for 5.
Adam Morgan will pitch against the Padres’ Tyson Ross at 8.40PM tonight as the Phillies look to continue their hot streak.