Orioles 5, Phillies 4
Game 13 - Wednesday Night, August 12th in Philadelphia
Record - 5-8, Tied for 4th Place, 3 1/2 games behind the Marlins
One Sentence Summary: Zach Eflin pitched admirably but the offense couldn't get enough clutch hits in this 5-4 loss to the Orioles.
What It Means: Behind Jake Arrieta, the Phillies will try to avoid a three-game sweep from the Orioles this afternoon.
What Happened: Eflin went six innings, striking out a career high 10 batters, but allowing four runs on seven hits. The biggest hits were solo home runs from Anthony Santander in the first and Rio Ruiz in the fifth. Chance Sisco drove in a pair with a bloop single to left in the fourth.
The Phillies offense had its chances, ultimately going 2 for 10 with runners in scoring position. Rhys Hoskins ground into three 5-4-3 double plays, personally stranding four runners and dropping his average to .190.
Featured Card: One of the bright spots from the Phillies offense has been back-up catcher Andrew Knapp? Knapp enjoyed his first career three-hit performance in this game, raising his average to .625 (5 for 8) in the process. If Hoskins does indeed get a day off (or two) due to his offensive struggles, manager Joe Girardi could keep Knapp in the line-up and give J.T. Realmuto a breather by having Realmuto DH or play first.
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