Calling it "the best pitched game by a Phillies starting pitcher," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin was gushing with praise for right-hander Zach Eflin following his complete game outing against the Braves Tuesday night in a Phillies 5-1 win. Eflin needed just 92 pitches to go the distance and record both his first major league win and his first major league complete game in the process.
The 22-year old, who was acquired in the deal that sent Jimmy Rollins to the Dodgers in December of 2014, Eflin was making his fifth major league start for the Phillies. After a disastrous first start against Toronto, Eflin has pitched better and better, but had an 0-2 record with a 5.75 ERA coming into his outing against Atlanta. He left with his first win and lowered his ERA to 4.30 on the season. Since his failed first start, Eflin has an ERA of 2.03 with the Phillies.
It didn't hurt that Eflin had some offense behind him, primarily in the form of home runs. Peter Bourjos (4th), Cody Asche (4th), Maikel Franco (16th) and Tommy Joseph (9th) all hit solo home runs for the Phillies. The Phillies other run was driven in by Freddy Galvis, who singled to drive in Franco, who had singled, moved to second on a base-hit from Joseph and then went to third on a wild pitch.
Eflin became the first Phillies pitcher to throw a complete game for his first major league win since Mike Williams, who accomplished the feat exactly 24 years to the day before Eflin threw his masterpiece.
Lehigh Valley 4
Scranton - Wilkes/Barre 3 (10)
WP: Frank Herrmann (5-1), LP: Giovanny Gallegos (3-1), SV: Edward Mujica (22)
HR: LV - J.P. Crawford (1); SWB - Ben Gamel (4), Gary Sanchez (9)
Crawford's first Triple-A home run came in the top of the tenth to snap a 3-3 tie. The IronPigs bullpen provided four innings of shutout relief, allowing just one hit and one walk.
WP: Joely Rodriguez (6-0), LP: Christian Jones (1-3), SV: Hoby Milner (4)
HR: RDG - Rhys Hoskins 2 (24); RICH - none
Hoskins had three hits, two of which were home runs, driving in six runs and scoring two in the game.
WP: Victor Arano (2-1), LP: Jairo Labourt (4-8), SV: none
Clearwater collected just three hits, but drew eight walks in the game. Starter Will Morris allowed just one earned run over six innings and Arano threw two scoreless innings in relief.
WP: Cristian Alvarado (7-4), LP: Seranthony Dominguez (0-1), SV: none
HR: LKW - Jose Pujols (16); DEL - Natanael Delgado (5)
Dominguez was making his first start for Lakewood after being promoted from Williamsport. He allowed five earned runs in 1 2/3 innings.
WP: Zac Houston (1-0), LP: Tyler Hallead (0-1), SV: Eduardo Jimenez (5)
HR: WMSP - Lucas Williams (1), Arquimedes Gamboa (1); CONN - none
Ranger Suarez started for Williamsport and allowed just one unearned run over five innings of work.
GCL Phillies 5
GCL Pirates 3 (12)
WP: Jose Nin (1-0), LP: Vince Deyzel (0-1), SV: Jhon Nunez (2)
HR: PHIL - Jhailyn Ortiz (2); PIR - none
An RBI single by Nerluis Martinez, followed by an RBI double from Lenin Rodriguez in the 12th gave the GCL Phillies the win. Both hits came with two outs in the inning. The GCL Phillies are now 7-2 on the season.
RHP Seranthony Dominguez reassigned from Williamsport to Lakewood.
LHP Jonathan Hennigan (21st round, 2016 Draft) assigned to Williamsport.