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Phillies RHP prospect Jake Thompson turned in his best start of the year Tuesday for Triple-A Lehigh Valley, allowing just two hits, two walks and one run over seven innings.

He contributed four strikeouts while lowering his season ERA from 6.16 to 4.85. Tuesday was his longest outing of the season. Thompson induced 10 groundouts including two double plays. It's been an up-and-down year for the 22-year-old. The former second-round pick owns a 1.31 WHIP to go with an equally underwhelming 7.61 K/9. Maybe Tuesday's impressive showing was a sign that he's ready to turn the corner.
Source: MILB.com
May 4 - 2:52 PM

Aaron Nola pitched seven scoreless innings, striking out seven, in a 1-0 shutout of the Cardinals on Tuesday.

Nola's stat line looked eerily similar to the one he put up against the Nationals in his last start, allowing just two hits and a walk while fanning seven. It was a continuation of a coming out party for the 22-year-old, who has followed up on a promising 2015 debut by posting a 2.93 ERA, 0.80 WHIP and 44/7 K/BB ratio over 40 innings. Nola will try to stay hot Sunday when he visits the Marlins.
May 3 - 11:16 PM

Ryan Howard hit a solo home run in Tuesday's win over the Cardinals.

Howard finished 1-for-3 in the game, with his sixth-inning blast serving as the only run in the contest. The home run was his sixth of the season, but he's got just 11 RBI for all that power. That's due in part to the fact that power is all he's sporting these days, as he's hitting just .190/.255/.417 with 32 strikeouts overall.
May 3 - 11:08 PM

Odubel Herrera went 1-for-3 with a walk in Tuesday's win over the Cardinals.

Herrera was also caught stealing, not the first or the last victim of Yadier Molina in that regard. The 24-year-old has now hit safely in 22 of 27 games this year, running his overall line up to .311/.452/.411. He's second in the league with 24 walks, a new development this year, and it's helped him become one of the early breakout stars of 2016.
May 3 - 11:04 PM

Jeanmar Gomez pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the Cardinals to earn his ninth save Tuesday.

All saves are not created equal, and Gomez earned his Tuesday by protecting a one-run lead against the top of the Cardinals' lineup. He got Matt Carpenter to strike out swinging before pitching around a Stephen Piscotty one-out single. Gomez now owns a 1.69 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 12/3 K/BB ratio over 16 innings of work overall.
May 3 - 10:55 PM

Jeremy Hellickson was bitten by the longball Monday, serving up three homers and six runs in 5 1/3 innings in a loss to the Cardinals.

Hellickson cruised through the first three innings, but he's long been homer-prone and he served up dingers to Adam Wainwright, Matt Adams and Aledmys Diaz in the middle innings. The veteran right-hander has mixed in some nice outings this season, including seven shutout frames against the Nationals his last time out, but he's also had three subpar showings to push his ERA up to 4.88. He'll try to bounce back this weekend in Miami.
May 2 - 11:50 PM

Carlos Ruiz's surprising start to the season continued Monday, as he went 3-for-4 at the plate in a loss to the Cardinals.

Ruiz grounded out in his first at-bat but then singled, doubled and singled in his next three trips to the dish. The veteran catcher is second on the depth chart behind Cameron Rupp, but he's earned more time than he was probably supposed to receive with a .341/.413/.634 start to the season.
May 2 - 11:35 PM

Phillies OF prospect Roman Quinn reached base four times with two hits and two walks Sunday for Double-A Reading.

He's hit .444 (8-for-18) during his four-game hitting streak. His average has climbed from .194 to .244 in that span. None of those numbers stand out but Quinn has proven to be one of the faster players in Double-A, recording nine steals on 12 attempts in his first 21 games. The 22-year-old isn't close to cracking the big leagues yet but a promotion to Triple-A Lehigh Valley at some point wouldn't be surprising.
Source: MILB.com
May 2 - 1:50 PM

Adam Morgan's average fastball was clocked at 90.8 mph during Friday's start against the Indians.

That's up almost a full two mph from last season. Morgan is now two years removed from shoulder surgery and it appears he's beginning to regain his old velocity. "Everything is good, and that's what I'm excited about. Everything has been progressing phenomenally," Morgan said. "It's a good sign, for sure. I'm feeling good, and it gives me confidence." Morgan's upside still isn't all that high even with the better velocity, but he could carve out some NL-only value.
May 1 - 10:44 AM

Freddy Galvis went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI to help the Phillies top the Indians 4-3 on Saturday.

Galvis took Indians starter Trevor Bauer deep for a two-run shot in the first inning, but it was his RBI single in the bottom of the seventh that proved to be the difference in the game. Galvis now has three home runs, 10 RBI and 10 runs scored to go with a .233/.264/.419 line through 23 games.
Apr 30 - 10:31 PM

Darin Ruf had a double and a run scored in Saturday's win over the Indians.

The double was Ruf's first extra-base hit since April 17. It's been that kind of year for the 29-year-old, who's hitting just .206 with a .521 OPS to date. He's still without a homer after hitting 12 last season.
Apr 30 - 10:30 PM

Jeanmar Gomez worked into and out of trouble Saturday against the Indians, earning his eighth save of the season.

One-out singles by Jose Ramirez and Lonnie Chisenhall created some stress for Gomez, but he got Rajai Davis to ground out and Jason Kipnis to line out to end the game. The Phillies have been one of the biggest surprises of the season's first month and Gomez has been one of the biggest surprises on the Phils, earning eight saves with a 1.80 ERA and 1.00 WHIP after beginning the season as a middle reliever.
Apr 30 - 10:25 PM

Jerad Eickhoff allowed three runs over six innings in a no-decision against the Indians on Saturday.

Eickhoff gave up six hits without walking a batter and striking out four. A bad start against the Brewers his last time out has marred his numbers to an extent, but the 25-year-old has been largely good through five starts. The right-hander now owns a 4.15 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 32/5 K/BB ratio over 30 1/3 innings heading into Thursday's start at the Cardinals.
Apr 30 - 10:19 PM

Phillies recalled RHP Colton Murray from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Murray will take the place of the injured Dalier Hinojosa in the Phillies bullpen. The 26-year-old hurler posted a 6.10 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 14/5 K/BB ratio across 10 1/3 innings at Triple-A. He'll be used in low-leverage situations.
Apr 30 - 3:09 PM

Phillies placed RHP Dalier Hinojosa on the 15-day disabled list with a right hand contusion.

He'll be replaced in the Phillies bullpen for the time being by Colton Murray who was recalled from Triple-A on Saturday. Hinojosa is expected to only need around the minimum time on the disabled list.
Apr 30 - 3:08 PM


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