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Phillies keep stranding guys in scoring position — PHILLIES NOTES

05 Julio 2017
Phillies keep stranding guys in scoring position — PHILLIES NOTES

Taillon struck out a career-high nine batters - the most by a Pirates pitcher this season - in only his fifth start since returning from testicular cancer surgery and did so when his teammates needed a lift.

Joe Ross (5-3) allowed two runs over seven innings for the Nationals in his fourth consecutive start giving up two runs or fewer.

"Very gritty", Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said of Taillon's performance. And on Monday, he kept it going. An MRI on Dominguez's ailing arm came back clean but the Phillies were still cautious with the pitcher, who was arguably pitching better than anyone in the system at the time of his injury.

The Pirates opened the scoring in the third with a sacrifice fly by John Jaso. With Jerad Eickhoff (back) nearing a return to the rotation, he might not see another start in the short term. The liner rose only 59 feet above the field and was the fourth-hardest-hit homer of the season at 118.4 mph.

His counterpart, Ivan Nova, gave up four runs on seven in six innings. And in a season like this, that is a small victory in itself.

"We just have to stay positive and keep pushing and working on our fundamentals and encouraging". "I'm cool. I'm good with it. I think about it all night, why not?"

Aaron Nola made his third straight quality start with seven shutout innings against the Pirates Monday.

Philadelphia left 11 men on base and went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position on Tuesday, allowing Andrew McCutchen's two solo homers to be the difference in a 3-0 loss to Pittsburgh at Citizens Bank Park.

"Leiter pitched well enough to win", Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said.

But this is the Phillies lineup.

"From my perspective, you've got to be ready to hit early in the count so you don't get to two strikes", Mackanin said. They don't have a consistent, unflappable bat Mackanin can plop into the heart of his batting order and feel confident with on a nightly basis. He has too much upside to be sold for a bag of balls. Philadelphia was limited to six hits and five walks with Odubel Herrera posting two hits while Andrew Knapp walked three times.