Game of the Week Preview: Phillies v Pirates – Rubber Game 1:35 PM
- Updated: July 24, 2016
Both the Philadelphia Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates find themselves fighting to just relevant in 2016 as the Phillies are in fourth place in the NL East, 12.5 games behind the first place Washington Nationals, while the Pirates are in an uphill battle trying to keep up with the Chicago Cubs who lead Pittsburgh by 9.5 games in the NL Central.
Heading into their weekend series in Pittsburgh, the Phillies were 4-6 in their last ten games, with the Pirates at 5-5 in their last ten.
On Friday, Philadelphia starter Zach Eflin pitched a gem as he threw a complete game, 3-hit shutout, without walking a batter and striking out six. The Rookie right hander made his major league debut on June 14th and in just 2.2 innings he gave up nine runs on nine hits and three home runs. But since he has come a long way with Friday’s victory being his best start on the season.
The Pirates Gerrit Cole, he also threw a game worthy of a better outcome, tossing six innings, and allowing one run on six hits, one walk and seven strikeouts.
As for the offense, the Phillies scored four runs late in the game to pull away to a 4-0 victory, highlighted by Cameron Rupp driving in three runs on a single in the sixth and a two-run home run in the ninth.
On Saturday afternoon, the Pirates and Phillies were tied at 2-2 through four innings, then in the fifth the Phillies took a 3-2 lead, but in the bottom half of the inning the Pirates scored five runs and held on for a 7-4 victory.
The Pirates rookie Tyler Glasnow started the game, but lasted just three innings, as he left with shoulder discomfort.
The Phillies Aaron Nola didn’t fare any better as he allowed six runs on six hits, with two walks and five strikeouts in four innings while taking the loss to drop to 5-9.
On Sunday, the Phillies are scheduled to send Vince Vasquez (8-2, 3.15 ERA) to the mound against the Pirates Jameson Taillon (2-1, 3.44 ERA).
Game is scheduled for 1:35 pm PNC Park.