On Tuesday, it took the Phillies and Astros five hours and five minutes to play 15 innings and score a total of three runs. They only played nine innings in Wednesday night’s encore, and the Phillies wrapped up their 10-3 win in a merciful two hours and 45 minutes.
It was the first time the Phillies (51-63) have won back-to-back series at home all season. You are probably not surprised.
Including Tuesday’s marathon, the Phillies lead the majors in innings played at 1,041.
Starting pitching report
David Buchanan went 6 1/3 innings and threw 102 pitches (68 for strikes) in the win. He gave up nine hits and three earned runs. He didn’t allow a walk, and he struck out five.
Brad Peacock got smacked early and often. The Astros' pitcher gave up five runs in the first inning and three runs in the fourth. It was not a good evening for him, but because of the marathon game the two teams played on Tuesday evening, Houston kept him in after it got out of hand (because why not?). Peacock threw 92 pitches over five innings, allowing seven hits, eight earned runs and four walks. He had four strikeouts, gave up a home run and threw a wild pitch.
Don’t look at that line too long. It will almost certainly short-circuit one or both of your eyes.
Jake Diekman, who threw 30 pitches on Tuesday, pitched 2/3 of an inning and allowed no runs. Justin De Fratus pitched a scoreless inning. And Cesar Jimenez pitched a scoreless ninth.
Darin Downs pitched a scoreless sixth inning for Houston. Mike Foltynewicz threw two innings and gave up two runs.
At the plate
The Phillies scored more runs in the first inning (five) than they mustered in their previous four games combined (four). The Phillies had 12 hits. Three Phillies scored two runs, and seven scored at least one run.
Buchanan got his first major-league hit and RBI. Ben Revere had four hits. Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard and Chase Utley each had two hits. One of Utley’s hits was a three-run homer in the fourth inning. It was Utley’s 10th home run this season.
The Phillies host the Astros in the final game of their series on Thursday at 7:05 pm. Right-hander Roberto Hernandez (6-8, 3.87 ERA) will throw for the Phillies. Houston is scheduled to go with righty Collin McHugh (4-9, 3.32).
PITTSBURGH -- Phillies catcher Cameron Rupp left the game in the third inning after being struck on the left ear flap of his batting helmet by a pitch from Pirates rookie right-hander Tyler Glasnow.
Rupp walked off the field under his own power and backup catcher Carlos Ruiz pinch ran for him and stayed in the game to catch starter Aaron Nola.
Less than 24 hours before, Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco was hit in the wrist by a pitch thrown by Pirates starter Gerrit Cole in Friday's 4-0 victory at PNC Park. Franco left the game and did not start on Saturday afternoon. He's listed as day to day (see story).
In the first inning on Saturday, Rupp hit into an inning-ending ground out. He is hitting .276 with 10 home runs in 63 games.
PITTSBURGH -- Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco, who was hit on the left wrist by a pitch on Friday night, is not in the starting lineup for Saturday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates (see lineup).
Franco was hit by a pitch from the Pirates’ Gerrit Cole in the first inning of the Phillies’ 4-0 victory then was removed after hitting a single in the third inning (see story).
“He’s still sore,” Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said Saturday. “He’s day to day. Maybe he will be back in the lineup (Sunday).
Franco suffered a fracture of the same wrist last August when he was hit by a pitch.
Andres Blanco is taking Franco’s place in the lineup after having two hits Friday night when he replaced the third baseman. Blanco is hitting .264 with three home runs in 73 games this season and is reportedly drawing some interest from contending teams looking to add bench help.
“I could see why he would be a desirable player,” Mackanin said. “We’re not going to give him away, though, if we do trade him. He’s played very well for us.”
After being hit on the wrist by a pitch in Friday's win (see story), Maikel Franco will not play today. Instead, Andres Blanco will take his place, hitting third in the lineup. Blanco was 2 for 2 replacing Franco in the third inning on Friday, with an RBI and a run scored.
Blanco has been reliable when called upon this season, hitting .264 with a .317 OBP in mostly a utility role.
Other than that, the lineup remains the same as Friday.
Peter Bourjos will leadoff after going 0 for 5 last night, followed by Odubel Herrara. After an All-Star first half, Herrara has hit .211 in July, but seemed to get back on track with three hits on Friday, while scoring two runs.
After a brutal stretch of games and an extended All-Star break, Aaron Nola returned to form vs. the Marlins last week, tossing six shutout innings. Nola again looks to prove the doubters wrong again today vs. the Pirates, who he has never faced in his brief career.
Here is tonight's lineup:
1. Peter Bourjos RF
2. Odubel Herrera CF
3. Andres Blanco 3B
4. Tommy Joseph 1B
5. Cameron Rupp C
6. Cody Asche LF
7. Freddy Galvis SS
8. Cesar Hernandez 2B
9. Aaron Nola P