Phillies 2, Pirates 1
Game 19 - Friday Night, April 20th in Philadelphia
Record - 12-7, 2nd place, 2 games behind the Mets
One Sentence Summary: Odubel Herrera tripled home Cesar Hernandez with the winning run in this 2-1 victory over the Pirates.
What It Means: The Phillies are 7-1 at home, the first time they've hit that mark to start the season since 1981 at Veterans Stadium. They'll go for the series win this afternoon.
What Happened: Hernandez and Herrera have provided steady offense from the top of the line-up so far this season. With the score knotted at one in the eighth, Hernandez led off with a double and came home on Herrera's triple. After Rhys Hoskins walked, the inning ended on a bizarre double pick-off (scored 1-3-4-2-5-8-7) when Hoskins apparently lost track of the number of outs.
Ben Liveley threw six strong innings, allowing a run on five hits. Luis Garcia pitched a scoreless eighth to earn the win and Hector Neris recorded his third save.
Featured Card: As infuriating as he can be to watch sometimes, Herrera is still one the team's best players.