Philadelphia Phillies (39-65 SU, 54-50 RL, 47-49-8 O/U) vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (52-55 SU, 51-56 RL, 44-56-7 O/U)
MLB: Thursday, August 3, 2017, Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California, 10:07 pm ET
Lines: Anaheim -141, Philadelphia +131; Over/Under: 8.5
It’s the conclusion of an interleague series out on the west coast. The Philadephia Phillies play the final game of their three game series on the road with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Thursday night. Anaheim rallied in the later stages of the game to take a 7-1 victory Tuesday night in the series opener. The pitching matchup for Wednesday night’s contest saw Jake Thompson take the mound for the Phillies against the Angels’ J.C. Ramirez. First pitch in the contest was set for 10:07 pm ET.
Philadelphia Phillies Hope to Get Back in Win Column
Philadelphia had their five game win streak snapped with a loss in the opening game of this series. The Phillies scored in the top of the first to take a 1-0 lead but were blanked the rest of the way. Cesar Hernandez (run) and Tommy Joseph (RBI) each had two hits for Philadelphia in the loss. The Phillies had plenty of opportunities to put runs on the board but struggled to cash in: they went only 2 for 16 with runners in scoring position. Aaron Nola (8-7) took the loss on the mound despite a quality start: he allowed two runs on eight hits with a walk and three strikeouts over six innings of work.
Jerad Eickhoff gets the call on the mound for the Phillies as he makes his 19th start of the season seeking to continue his recent solid stretch. He comes in 2-7 with a 4.56 ERA, a 1.48 WHIP, 40 walks and 90 strikeouts over 93.2 innings of action. Eickhoff recorded a no-decision in his last start, which came Saturday at home against the Braves. He threw five innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on five hits with three walks and seven strikeouts in a 4-3 Phillies triumph. That extended his unbeaten string to six starts. Eickhoff is 1-0 with a 4.24 ERA, a 1.25 WHIP, nine walks and 17 strikeouts over 17 innings in his last three starts. In his 60th career start, he pitches against the Angels for the first time in his career. As a result, this marks his first career outing at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Trying to Cut Deficit in Wild Card Race
Anaheim trailed 1-0 early before finally getting some things going offensively in the mid to late stages of the game. The Angels scored twice in the fifth, three times in the seventh and twice in the eighth to put it away. Albert Pujols (run, five RBI) had three hits for Anaheim while Yunel Escobar (run), Mike Trout (two runs), Ben Revere and Kaleb Cowart (two runs) each had a pair of hits in the win. Ricky Nolasco (5-12) won for the first time in a month as he threw six innings: he allowed one run on six hits with two walks and five strikeouts.
The Angels are expected to send Parker Bridwell to the hill for his 10th appearance and ninth start of the season. He is 5-1 with a 2.83 ERA, a 1.185 WHIP, 13 walks and 34 strikeouts over 54 innings of work. Bridwell picked up the victory in his last start, which came Friday night on the road against the Blue Jays. He threw 7.1 innings, allowing one run on three hits with one walk and four strikeouts in a 7-2 Anaheim triumph. Bridwell is 2-0 with a 2.18 ERA, a 0.82 WHIP, three walks and 15 strikeouts over 20.2 innings in his last three starts. In his 12th major league appearance and ninth career start, he squares off with the Phillies for the first time. Bridwell is 2-1 with a 3.72 ERA and a 1.345 WHIP over five appearances, four starts, totaling 29 innings at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in his career.
- Phillies are 6-0 in their last 6 vs. a team with a losing record
- Phillies are 6-0 in their last 6 during game 3 of a series
- Angels are 1-4 in their last 5 interleague games vs. a right-handed starter
- Angels are 0-4 in their last 4 games vs. a right-handed starter
The Phillies have had their problems on the road this season but they hung tough for six innings in the opener before the bullpen blew the game out of proportion. Eickhoff has bounced back somewhat from his dismal first two and a half months of the season as he is unbeaten in his last six starts. Sure, he has only two decisions in that span but it’s better than being 0-7. Bridwell has pitched well in his last couple outings but the fact remains that he’s still an unproven commodity without a lot of experience at the major league level. Look for the Phillies to take advantage of that and escape with a win.