Story from Rob Maaddi of the Associated Press. Used with permission of the AP.
Jeremy Hellickson's trade value is on the rise.
Hellickson struck out eight in eight impressive innings, Tyler Goeddel hit a two-run homer and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Miami Marlins 4-1 on Wednesday night.
Hellickson (7-7) allowed one run and five hits. The 29-year-old right-hander is 3-3 with a 3.00 ERA in his last seven starts. He is likely to be traded to a contending team before the August 1 trade deadline.
"If anybody has interest, I'm sure they were impressed," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. "He looked very determined to have a good game. He was totally focused and he produced."
Hellickson started on opening day after signing a $7 million, one-year deal with the Phillies in the offseason. He wants to stay put.
"I want to be here. I want to win here. I really think we can," Hellickson said. "My focus is here right now."
Miami's Wei-Yin Chen (5-4) gave up four runs and 11 hits in 5 1/3 innings.
Chris Johnson hit a solo homer in the fifth for the Marlins.
Goeddel snapped an 0-for-16 slump with an opposite-field shot to right to give the Phillies a 2-0 lead in the first. He lined an RBI single to right to make it 3-0 in the second.
"It was fun to be out there again," said Goeddel, who hasn't played much lately. "I have a better idea of what I need to do."
Peter Bourjos had a sacrifice fly in the sixth.
Hellickson didn't need much support. He shut down the Marlins for his first win since July 1.
"That's the key for me every time out; fastball command, keep the fastball down," he said. "The fastball was down tonight, so the changeup was working off that well."
Jeanmar Gomez finished for his 26th save in 29 tries.
Goeddel's three RBI are a career best. The homer was his first hit since July 1... Second baseman Cesar Hernandez snapped an 0-for-20 slump with an infield single in the second inning. He finished 3-for-4... Giancarlo Stanton was 0-for-4 and is 1-for-12 in the series... Philadelphia's starters have tossed at least six innings in each of their last seven starts... Marlins C J.T. Realmuto is batting .368 (32 for 87) with a .415 on-base percentage over his last 21 games.
The Marlins lost (51-43) for just the second time in nine games. They lead the Mets by one game for the second wild-card spot in the NL. The Phillies (44-52) are eight games behind Miami.
RHP Tom Koehler (6-8, 4.68 ERA) starts for the Marlins while RHP Jerad Eickhoff (6-10, 3.76) goes for the Phillies in the series finale Thursday.
Lehigh Valley 2
WP: Jake Thompson (9-5), LP: Ryan Vogelsong (0-1), SV: Luis Garcia (4)
HR: LV - Nick Williams (9), IND - none
Jake Thompson now has nine straight quality starts and lowered his ERA to 2.29 on the season.
New Hampshire 4
WP: Conner Greene (2-2), LP: Tyler Viza (3-3), SV: John Stilson (1)
HR: RDG - Rhys Hoskins (26); NH - Jason Leblebijian (5)
Andrew Pullin drove in a run, giving him 17 RBI in 14 games with Reading.
WP: Luke Leftwich (2-2), LP: Jonathan Brubaker (1-4), SV: Victor Arano (3)
HR: CLW - Jiandido Tromp 2 (4), Kyle Martin (13); BRAD - Tito Polo (2), Jerrick Suiter (4)
Luke Leftwich allowed two earned runs over 5 2/3 innings.
WP: Franklyn Kilome (3-7), LP: Brannon Easterling (4-2), SV: Zach Morris (5)
Franklyn Kilome: 6 2/3 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K
The Williamsport Crosscutters were off Wednesday. They are at Batavia Thursday night, with Bailey Falter (1-3, 4.09) getting the start.
GCL Phillies 10
GCL Pirates 6
WP: Kyle Young (1-0), LP: Francis Rodriguez (0-2), SV: none
Mickey Moniak 2-for-3 with a walk, three RBI and two runs scored.
CF Herlis Rodriguez activated from the DL.