Ryan Howard socked a walk-off solo homer in a 4-3 win over the Indians in 11 innings on Friday
The clubs were locked in a 3-3 tie after five innings and Howard finally broke through when he took Cody Allen deep to lead off the bottom of the 11th. It was his sixth career walk-off homer and his first since 2013. Howard went 3-for-5 with two runs scored on the night, boosting his batting average from .185 to .214. The Phillies have now won seven out of eight and sit at a surprising 13-10 on the year.
David Wright is scheduled to receive a day of rest on Saturday against the Giants.
The Mets will continue to give their oft-injured third baseman regular rest this season in an effort to keep him healthy and on the field for the majority of the season. Expect to see Wilmer Flores in the lineup at the hot corner on Saturday.
Hector Neris struck out three batters over 1 1/3 innings Friday against the Indians.
The Phillies’ bullpen tossed six scoreless innings on Friday, with Andrew Bailey, Elvis Araujo, and David Hernandez also throwing up zeroes. Neris has been dominant in the early part of the season, posting a 0.63 ERA with 23 strikeouts and four walks in 14 1/3 innings. He’s beginning to look like a future closer, but he can help fantasy owners in deeper leagues even if he isn’t getting saves.
Adam Morgan allowed three runs over five innings Friday in a no-decision against the Indians.
He struck out a career-high seven batters and walked just one. Morgan, who was called up this week to replace the injured Charlie Morton, held the Indians scoreless before giving up an RBI single to Rajai Davis and a two-run homer to Jason Kipnis in his final inning of work. While things fell apart for him in the end, the Phillies have to be happy with what they saw. Morgan could carve out some NL-only value in Philadelphia’s rotation.
Corey Kluber gave up three runs (two earned) in seven innings as part of a no-decision against the Phillies on Friday.
All three runs scored in the fifth inning. Kluber gave up five hits in all while striking out six and walking none. The 30-year-old was a bit of a disappointment through his first three starts, but he’s moving in the right direction now. While his ERA sits at 4.24, he has a solid 35/5 K/BB ratio over 34 innings.
Odubel Herrera went 2-for-4 with a walk in Friday’s extra-inning win over the Indians.
Yes, of course he drew another walk. Herrera is now up to 23 walks through 23 games after drawing only 28 walks in 537 plate appearances last season. There appears to be something real behind the breakthrough, as he’s swinging at fewer pitches, especially with pitches outside of the strike zone. Herrera is batting .303/.460/.421 overall and has found a home as Philadelphia’s leadoff man.
Jason Kipnis launched a two-run homer Friday against the Phillies.
The Indians were held scoreless after Kipnis’ two-run blast off Adam Morgan in the fifth inning. The 29-year-old has two home runs and five RBI over his last four games, but he continues to strike out at an alarming rate. He fanned two more times on Friday and has struck out in 32.6 percent of his plate appearances so far this season. That’s almost double where he was last year.
Josh Harrison launched his first home run of the 2016 season on Friday, leading the Pirates to a 4-1 victory over the visiting Reds.
Harrison's fourth-inning blast off Dan Straily increased the Bucs' early lead to 2-0 and proved to be the difference in the ballgame. He has been outstanding at the plate through the season's first month, slashing .333/.372/.448 with a homer, 14 RBI and four stolen bases.