Game 34: Phillies welcome Giants to open seven-game homestand

There have been several losses this season for the Phillies that were tough to stomach, but Sunday's 5-4 walk-off loss to the Nationals was the worst yet.

Hopefully, the taste won't linger too long as the Phillies face the San Francisco Giants on Monday at Citizens Bank Park to open a seven-game homestand.

The Phillies have played well at home this year, winning 11 of 16 contests. This homestand includes four games with the Giants and three with the division rival New York Mets.

Zach Eflin will start Monday's contest, marking his 2018 home debut. He carried a perfect game into the sixth inning last week against Miami before surrendering a solo-shot to Justin Bour. He left having tossed six stellar innings allowing one run on three hits. He struck out four.

The Giants counter with right-hander Jeff Samardzija who has terrible career numbers against the Phillies and even worse figures pitching in Philadelphia; 8.18 ERA for his career (33 IP) against the Phillies and 15.43 pitching at Citizens Bank Park.

The Giants come east on a roll, having won 11 of their last 14 games, including each of their last four games and seven of their past eight.

Keep Streaking
Odubel Herrera hit a double in the first inning on Sunday, extending his on-base streak to 35 games. It's the longest streak for the Phillies since Chase Utley had a 35-game streak from June 23 to Aug. 3, 2006.

Great Starts
Phillies starting pitchers have allowed three earned runs or fewer in 24 of 31 games this season, including 17 of their last 22 (4/10-current).

Tonight's Starting Lineup
1. Cesar Hernandez 4
2. Rhys Hoskins 7
3. Odubel Herrera 8
4. Maikel Franco 5
5. Carlos Santana 3
6. Nick Williams 9
7. Scott Kingery 6
8. Jorge Alfaro 2
9. Zach Eflin 1
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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