Sunday, June 19, 2016

Rookie Eflin toes rubber vs. Bradley, D-backs

A season ago, the Phillies delivered the first career loss to Archie Bradley. He'll be looking to avenge the defeat -- in which he allowed four runs over two innings -- against a Phillies starter looking for his first career win.
Zach Eflin (0-1, 27.00 ERA) opposes Bradley (2-3, 5.66), who is making his second career start against the Phillies. Both will be looking for redemption, Bradley of his lone start against Philadelphia and Eflin of his MLB debut.
The 22-year-old Eflin, ranked by MLBPipeline.com as the Phillies' No. 13 prospect, lasted 2 2/3 innings against the Blue Jays in his first MLB start. He became the 11th pitcher in MLB history to have a debut of three innings or fewer while giving up at least eight earned runs.
Bradley's first loss came in his fifth Major League start. In his first four, Bradley went a combined 20 innings, allowing four runs (1.80 ERA). Since, the No. 7 pick of 2011's MLB Draft has been up and down between the Majors and Triple-A Reno, making 10 more MLB starts. In those, Bradley has a 7.28 ERA in 50 2/3 innings.
Three things to know about this game
• The Phillies have allowed the second-most home runs in the Majors this season while hitting the fourth-fewest. They have surrendered 98, behind only the Reds' 110, and hit 60, more than the Giants (58), Marlins (57) and Braves (29). Over their last five games, the Phillies have allowed 20 home runs.
• Paul Goldschmidt extended his hitting streak to 12 games on Saturday, going 2-for-5 with one of the D-backs' three home runs in the 4-1 win. It is the longest active streak in baseball and his second straight game with a homer.
• The Phillies have lost 22 of 28, and have fallen from a season-high seven games over .500 on May 18 (24-17) to a season-worst nine below a month later (30-39).

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