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Phillies monthly review: July 2017
by Scott Butler 8/1/17

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Phillies July Storyline

Entering the month of July, the Phillies were down. I mean like buried up to their heads in sand with crabs picking their noses bad. A loss on the last day of June to the Mets gave them losses in exactly two-thirds of their games, putting them on a pace for exactly 108 losses. And that's before they went on a five-game losing streak a few days later.

But then they started winning some ball games, 10 of their next 17 to be exact, and finished July with their first 4-game sweep of the Braves at home since 1949 - that was a year BEFORE the Whiz Kids went to the World Series.

How did they do it? They started scoring runs. The Phils plated 95 runs in their last 17 games (an average of 5.59 per game), including a stretch of seven straight games with 5 or more runs scored.

It also didn’t hurt to add a kid with a permanent smile in the case of Nick Williams. He infused the club with energy in a way few could have expected, considering he was benched last season for not hustling on several occasions. Williams has been the exact opposite since his arrival, hustling at least as much as Chase Utley on every ball he hits.

Odubel Herrera still puts himself in the dog house with his manager, teammates, and fans with his failure to keep his head in the game, but the guy has been raking.  For him to be hitting .278 on August 1, with 11 homers and a career high 32 doubles is nothing short of a miracle.

His antics bother me as much as you – as a disabled kid who was the slowest, shortest, skinniest kid on my team in Little League who earned nothing more than the minimum 2 defensive innings and 1 at-bat per game, hustle was my only advantage. Trust me, it drives me insane when guys like Herrera can’t run to first. BUT, you don’t just trade away talent like Odubel. You can bench him, you can send him down, but you cannot afford to just give him away. Good thing Matt Klentak continues to exhude patience.

Cameron Rupp even went on a tear.  His battering average was as low as .199 on June 22, but he slowly came back to life and finished the month hitting a much more respectable .234. In a stretch of nine games in July, he went 13-for-31 (.419) with 5 homers and 9 RBI.

They did some pitching, too. Aaron Nola played a huge rule in their July revival, as did Luis Garcia. Nola went 3-1 in 5 July starts with a 1.32 ERA, 8 walks and 43 punch outs in 34 innings. Luis Garcia carried a streak of 18 straight scoreless outings (21.1 innings) and nearly was unscored upon in the entire month.

Klentak did his job trading away Kendrick, Hellickson, Neshek, and Benoit. And the team did the impossible, gathering a winning month and taking some momentum into the last two months of the season.

Phillies July Win/Loss Totals

Record: 13-12
Home record: 9-8
Road record: 4-4
Top winning streak: 5 (streak still active)
Top losing streak: 5
Series record: 3-5
Began month: 26-52, last place, 20 games behind 1st place Nationals & 9 games behind 4th place Marlins.
Finished month: 39-64, 23.5 games behind 1st place Nationals & 8.5 games behind 4th place Braves.

Phillies Totals and NL Rankings for month of July

Phillies Team Hitting July Totals 
Average: .269 (5th) 
Runs: 122 (5th) 
Runs/game: 4.9 (5th) 
HR: 32 (t-7th) 
BB: 85  (t-5th) 
SO: 224 (6th most) 
OBP: .341 (5th) 
SLG: .458 (6th) 
OPS .799 (6th)

Phillies Team Pitching July Totals
ERA: 3.69 (7th) 
ER: 92
IP: 224.2

Phillies Starting Pitching July Totals
ERA: 3.66 (7th) 
ER: 59
IP: 145.0

Phillies Relief Pitching July Totals
ERA: 3.73 (5th) 
ER: 33
IP: 79.2

Phillies Season Totals and NL Rankings through July

Phillies Team Hitting Season Totals 
Average: .248 (11th) 
Runs: 421 (13th) 
Runs/game: 4.1 (13th) 
HR: 109 (13th) 
BB: 315  (10th) 
SO: 897 (6th most) 
OBP: .313 (13th) 
SLG: .407 (12th) 
OPS .721 (12th)

Phillies Team Pitching Season Totals
ERA: 4.54 (8th) 
ER: 464
IP: 919.2

Phillies Starting Pitching Season Totals
ERA: 4.61 (8th) 
ER: 295
IP: 576.0

Phillies Relief Pitching Season Totals
ERA: 4.45 (11th) 
ER: 170
IP: 343.2

Phillies July Win/Loss Chart

Phillies July 2017 Win Loss Chart

Phillies July Event Recap

@New York Mets June 30-July2
(Phillies lose series 1-2)

Game 1: Nick Williams makes MLB debut and collects first hit and Lively survived with 2 runs in 6.1 innings, but Phils muster just 4 hits in 2-1 loss.
Game 2: Tied at 3, Joseph's 3-run homer gave Phils 6-3 lead in 7th, but Hellickson allowed leadoff homer in and Neshek allowed 3 more to score in 7-6 loss.
Game 3: Pivetta carried a no-hitter into 5th inning and finished with 1 hit, 4 walks, and 1 run in 7 innings and Phils won 7-1.

PITTSBURGH PIRATES July 3-6
(Phillies lose series 1-3)

Game 1: Nola also carried a no-hitter into 5th inning and pitched 7 shutout innings, while Galvis and Franco homered in 4-0 win.
Game 2: Leiter was solid in 5.1 innings, but Phils went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position in 3-0 loss.
Game 3: Lively last just 4 innings after 4-run 4th inning and Phils score just twice on Franco homer in first in 5-2 loss.
Game 4: Tied at 3 in the 8th, Benoit allowed three runs in 6-3 loss. Jose Osuna gunned down Altherr twice and Herrera once trying to stretch singles.

SAN DIEGO PADRES July 7-9
(Phillies lose series 1-2)

Game 1: Pivetta pitches 3 innings with just 3 solo homers allowed, 9 K's and 0 walks. Phils tied the game at 3 with 2 runs in 7th, but Neris allowed a run in the 9th in 4-3 loss.
Game 2: Nola allowed just 2 runs in 8 inninsg, but the Phillies only scored once and Phils lose 2-1.
Game 3: Phils hit 6 homers, including Williams' first MLB homer and 2 from Galvis, and Eickhoff pitches 5 shutout innings in his first game since DL and gets 1st win of season in 7-1 Phillies win at the break.

@Milwaukee Brewers July 14-16
(Phillies lose series 1-2)

Game 1: After striking out first 4 batters, Pivetta allowed 8 straight batters to reach and score in 8-run 2nd inning, while Altherr was injured in 9-6 loss.
Game 2: Nola with another strong 6-inning outing and Odubel Herrera homered in third straight game to tie game at 2 in 7th, but Benoit allowed homer in 8th in 3-2 loss.
Game 3: Williams' first career grand slam all Phils needed as Hellickson allows 2 runs in 5 innings and bullpen allowed nothing in 5-2 win.

@Miami Marlins July 17-19
(Phillies win series 2-1)

Game 1: Eickoff allowed three homers, Phils wasted chances late, and lost in 10th on sac fly in 6-5 loss.
Game 2: Velasquez sharp in return from DL, allowing 2 runs in 6 innings with 79 pitches, while homers from Franco and Williams pace Phils to 5-2 win.
Game 3: Phillies pound out 20 hits, Williams had 2 triples, Franco knocked in 3, and Phils roll to 10-3 win.

MILWAUKEE BREWERS July 21-23
(Phillies win series 2-1)

Game 1: Nola with another dominant outing, going 7 innings with 96 pitches and allowing one run, while a 2-run homer from Galvis and 2-run double by Joseph lifted Phils to 6-1 win.
Game 2: Hellickson allowed 6 earned runs in 5 innings, but Phils came back with 7 runs to tie in 7th and 8th innings capped by Hernandez's 3-run homer and Rupp's 3-run homer, but Neris allowed a run in 9th in 9-8 loss.
Game 3: Williams hit 2-run homer and Phils scored 4 in the 5th, while Eickhoff allowed just 2 runs in 6 innings and Garcia earned save in 6-3 win.

HOUSTON ASTROS July 24-26
(Phillies lose series 1-2)

Game 1: Velasquez allowed 3 runs in 1st 3 innings to former team and left in the 4th with rain delay and bullpen let in 11 more runs in 14-3 loss.
Game 2: Pivetta strong through 5 innings, but allowed 4 runs on 5 hits and 35 pitches in 5-0 shutout loss.
Game 3: Nola pitches 6 shutout innings with career-high 10 strikeouts and Rupp hits two 2-run homers in 9-0 win. Neshek traded after game.

ATLANTA BRAVES July 28-31
(Phillies sweep series 4-0)

Game 1: Altherr and Rupp hit back-to-back homers and Joseph added 3-run homer in 7-run fifth, Altherr hit a second homer, and Jake Thompson pitched 5 scoreless innings in 10-3 win. Kendrick and Hellickson traded after game.
Game 2: Down 3-1, Altherr knocked in a run in the 8th and Herrera homered to tie game in 9th, and Kelly hit walk-off single in 11th. Therrien made major league debut in win.
Game 3: Velasquez tossed 7 innings for first time since 16 strikeout game and Galvis made three great defensive plays and singled home a walk-off winner in 2-1 win.
Game 4: Pivetta allows 1 run in 6 innings, Herrera hit 3-run homer, Joseph knocked in 2, and Franco homered, and Phils held on for 7-6 win to complete first 4-game sweep of Braves at home since 1949 as Boston Braves.

Phillies July Highlights and notes

July 9 - Phils hit 6 homers, including Williams' first MLB homer and 2 from Galvis, and Eickhoff pitches 5 shutout innings in his first game since DL and gets 1st win of season in 7-1 Phillies win.
July 16 - Williams hits first career grand slam in 5-2 win.
July 19 - Phillies pound out 20 hits, Williams had 2 triples, Franco knocked in 3, and Phils roll to 10-3 win.
July 26 - Phillies trade Pat Neshek to the Rockies.
July 28 - Altherr and Rupp hit back-to-back homers and Joseph added 3-run homer in 7-run fifth, Altherr hit a second homer, and Jake Thompson pitched 5 scoreless innings in 10-3 win.
July 28 - Phillies trade Howie Kendrick to the Nationals and Jeremy Hellickson to the Orioles.
July 29 - Down 3-1, Altherr knocked in a run in the 8th, Herrera homered to tie game in 9th, and Kelly hit walk-off single in 11th. Therrien made major league debut in win.
July 30 - Velasquez tossed 7 innings for first time since 16 strikeout game and Galvis made three great defensive plays and singled home a walk-off winner in 2-1 win.
July 31 - Phillies complete first 4-game sweep of Braves at home since 1949 as Boston Braves.

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