Zach Eflin allowed just three hits and didn't walk a batter in leading the Phillies to a 4-0 win in Pittsburgh Friday night. The rookie right-hander needed just 100 pitches to get the complete game win, his second complete game of the season. He joins Vincent Velasquez as the only other Phillies pitcher this season to throw a complete game and not walk a batter. Eflin also becomes one of just four pitchers in the majors to have more than one complete game this season. Eflin is also the youngest Phillies pitcher to have two complete games in a season since 1975 when Tommy Underwood and Larry Christenson both accomplished the feat.
A key moment for Eflin came early in the game; the bottom of the first, in fact. In the top of the inning, Pirates starter Gerritt Cole struck out the first two hitters before he hit Maikel Franco in the left wrist with a fastball. When Pirates slugger Andrew McCutchen came to the plate in the bottom of the inning, Eflin tagged him with a fastball to the butt, prompting both teams to be warned about throwing at batters. Franco left the game in the fourth inning for what was termed "precautionary reasons," and an x-ray came back negative.
Eflin finished the night with six strikeouts and faced just two batters over the minimum.
Offensively, Cameron Rupp drove in three runs for Philadelphia, including two with his 10th home run of the season. Odubel Herrera scored two runs, collecting three hits on the night, and Franco's replacement, Andres Blanco went 2-for-2.
Aaron Nola goes against top Pirates prospect Tyler Glasnow Saturday afternoon at 4:05 in the second game of the series.
Lehigh Valley 3
WP: Dayan Diaz (4-1), LP: Ben Lively (4-4), SV: Kevin Shackelford (3)
HR: LV - none; LOU - Scott Schebler (11)
Ben Lively was hit for four earned runs in 5 2/3 innings of work.
WP: Miguel Nunez (4-1), LP: Austin House (5-1), SV: none
HR: HAR - Correlle Prime (2), Michael Benjamin (2), Raimel Tapia (7); RDG - Andrew Pullin (5), Rhys Hoskins (28)
The Reading bullpen - Joely Rodriguez, Gregory Infante and Miguel Nunez - threw four innings, allowing three hits and one walk, producing one earned run, with five strikeouts.
Ft. Myers 0
Clearwater 5 (6 - rain)
WP: Drew Anderson (1-0), LP: Sam Clay (1-1), SV: Jesen Therrien (4)
HR: FTM - none; CLW - Jiandido Tromp (5)
Drew Anderson: 5 1/3 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K and lowered his ERA to 0.63 in three starts with Clearwater.
WP: Dylan Barrow (1-1), LP: Jake Waguespack (4-2), SV: Ben Wright (1)
HR: KAN - Alex Call (1), Johan Cruz (4); LKW - Jose Pujols (18)
Three Lakewood errors led to four unearned runs, snapping the 'Claws five-game win streak.
WP: Adonis Medina (4-0), LP: Reilly Hovis (2-4), SV: none
HR: WILL - Arquimedes Gamboa (2); BAT - none
Mark Laird 3-for-3, two walks, three runs scored and an RBI. Adonis Medina: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K.
GCL Phillies 6
GCL Tigers East 3
WP: Luis Carrasco (3-0), LP: Melvin Morel (0-3), SV: Luis Gonzalez (1)
HR: PHIL - Rodolfo Duran (2), Edwin Rodriguez (2); TIG - none
Brandon Leibrandt 5 2/3 IP, two earned runs in a rehab appearance.
LHP Daniel Stumpf designated for assignment.
RHP Severino Gonzalez recalled from Lehigh Valley