Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Bats go cold following Franco blast; Phillies fall to Pirates

Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco
Maikel Franco homered to put the Phillies ahead in the first, but a four-run fourth led the Pirates to a 5-2 win Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park.

Ben Lively needed 84 pitches to get through just four innings. He surrendered four runs on five hits. Only two of the runs were earned; the other two scoring on a throwing error he committed on a play at first base.

Daniel Nava collected three hits in the losing effort.

As has been the case so often this season, the Phillies struggled to take advantage with runners in scoring position going 1-for-8.

Gerrit Cole collected the win for the Pirates, tossing six innings with his lone blemish the two-run shot to Franco. He surrendered seven hits and struck out eight.

The two clubs conclude their four-game set on Thursday night as Jeremy Hellickson opposes Chad Kuhl.

Lineup Shakeup
Aaron Altherr was out of the Phillies lineup for the second time in three days. He's currently riding a 3-for-22 streak highlighted by 10 strikeouts.
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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