-Freddy Galvis had a standout game. He went 1-3 with a walk and a three-run home run, scoring two of the Phillies' six runs. He also made a potentially game-saving play in the 8th inning with two men on, making a sliding stop at short and throwing out Joc Pederson at first base.
-Ryan Howard had only one pinch-hit at bat, but he certainly made the most of it. Howard came up with one out and the bases loaded, and promptly cleared them with a double down the right field line, raising his RBI total to 35 on the season. After an incredibly slow start to the season, Howard has hit .300 (21-70) with 6 homers and 5 doubles since June 22.
-Carlos Ruiz quietly had a nice game at the plate. He went 1-2 with two walks, and stole his third base of the season. Chooch and Howard may be in their last seasons in Philadelphia, and although their production may have fallen off a bit, I'll always appreciate the two of them. They're the only two remaining members of the 2008 championship team that are still Phillies.
-Jeremy Hellickson's second-fifth innings were great. After a rough first inning, he only required 41 pitches, including four strikeouts to get through the next four. More on Hellickson below.
-The bullpen did a great job filling in for Hellickson after he was pulled, scattering five hits and only one earned run over four innings of work. In particular, Hector Neris performed well, allowing a hit and a walk in 1.1 innings of work while earning his 22nd hold of the year.
-Tyler Goeddel went 0-2 with a walk, leaving three men on base in the process before Odubel Herrera pinch-hit for him in the ninth inning. Goeddel's average for the season sunk to .199, leaving him a point below the Mendoza line.
-Jimmy Paredes went 0-3 with a walk. I know I've seen Paredes get hits this season, but it seems like every time I see it, they're inconsequential and occur in the ninth inning of a game where the team is down by five. It's absurd.
-Maikel Franco continues his roller coaster 2016 season as he went 0-4 with 3 men left on base. For Franco to be a continued success at the Major League level, he needs to find a way to be more consistent. It seems like he'll go through a stretch where he's getting three hits every night, then he'll go on an 0-20 stretch. I'd like to see more consistent production from him going forward
-Hellickson's first inning was as rocky as the state of Colorado. He allowed three hits and a walk on 30 pitches. Luckily for him, he was able to escape from a bases-loaded jam while only allowing one run, but he might not get that lucky every time.
-It looks like Hellickson might be injured. He was pulled after only five innings and 71 pitches, and grabbed his side after the last pitch he threw. This is obviously bad news, but it's especially bad because of the Phillies' current injury situation: two of their five starting pitchers are already on the disabled list, and if Hellickson goes on the DL, the Phillies could have a rotation made up entirely of rookies.
-The 1-4 hitters in the lineup went a combined 2-18 with seven strikeouts and eight men left on base. The Phillies were lucky to get production from two big swings from Galvis and Howard, but the top of the lineup won't always be let off that easy. They need to figure it out.
All in all, I'm pleased the Phillies were able to avoid a sweep by winning this game. They have the day off tomorrow, then head back home to face the Rockies on Friday. Friday is also Jim Thome Wall of Fame induction night, so hopefully the Phillies can pull off a win for him.