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Instant Replay: Phillies 7, Cubs 1

Instant Replay: Phillies 7, Cubs 1

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The Phillies' offense continued to click in a 7-1 win over the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs at Citizens Bank Park on Friday night.

The Phils scored 28 runs in their previous series, but lost three of four to Miami because their pitching did not hold up.

It did in this game.

The Phillies trailed 1-0 after a half-inning but took the lead for good on a two-run home run by Rhys Hoskins (who else?) in the bottom of the first inning. The homer was the rookie's ninth in the last 12 games. Hoskins' nine homers came in the first 54 at-bats of his career, the fastest ever by a player in baseball's modern era — 1900 and beyond.

Starting pitching report
Jerad Eickhoff (4-7) survived a first-inning home run to deliver five innings of one-run ball. Eickhoff had to pitch out of trouble a couple of times because he allowed eight baserunners, five hits and three walks. With his fastball velocity sitting under 90 miles per hour, he relied on his curveball and got some big outs with it, including a bases-loaded strikeout of Ian Happ to end the top of the fifth. Eickhoff registered eight strikeouts in all.

Cubs lefty Jose Quintana (4-2) gave up a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning and six runs in all over five innings.

Bullpen report
Continued good work by lefties Hoby Milner and Adam Morgan. The duo combined for three scoreless innings. Morgan was especially impressive. Five of his six outs came on strikeouts. He hit 97 mph on the gun.

At the plate
Hoskins is the first player in major-league history to have nine homers in his first 16 games. He also has 21 RBIs.

Cesar Hernandez had a bases-loaded triple for the Phillies with one out in the second inning. Freddy Galvis followed with an RBI single.

Maikel Franco clubbed a solo homer in the eighth. It was his first homer since Aug. 6 and just his second this month. He has 18 homers for the season.

Kyle Schwarber homered off Eickhoff in the first inning for the Cubs' lone run.

On the bases
Hernandez and Galvis combined to put on a clinic in bad base running in the fourth inning. The Phillies put enough runs on the board to overcome the mistakes.

Health check
Pitcher Vince Velasquez is getting a second opinion on how to address the blood flow issue that will sideline him for the rest of the season (see story).

Up next
The series continues on Saturday night with Ben Lively (1-4, 3.70) pitching against Chicago right-hander Kyle Hendricks (4-4, 3.52).

Phillies add Adonis Medina and 2 others to 40-man roster, avoid losing them in Rule 5 draft

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Phillies add Adonis Medina and 2 others to 40-man roster, avoid losing them in Rule 5 draft

The Phillies on Tuesday added three minor-league prospects to their 40-man roster, thus protecting them from being selected by another club in next month’s Rule 5 draft.

The team added right-handed pitchers Edgar Garcia and Adonis Medina as well as middle infielder Arquimides Gamboa.

Garcia, a 22-year-old reliever, split the 2018 season between Double A and Triple A and recorded a 3.64 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP in 52 games. He struck out 72 batters and walked 27 in 64⅓ innings and held opposing hitters to a .206 batting average. He could push for work in the Phillies' bullpen sometime in 2019.

Medina, 21, is one of the organization’s top starting pitching prospects. He went 10-4 with a 4.12 ERA in 22 games (21 starts) for Single A Clearwater in 2018. He struck out 123 and walked 36 in 111⅓ innings. He projects to pitch at Double A in 2019.

Gamboa, 21, is a talented defensive shortstop who could eventually be pushed to second base as top prospect Luis Garcia rises. A switch-hitter, Gamboa batted just .214 with a .304 on-base percentage in 114 games at Clearwater in 2018. He struck out 111 times.

Among those left unprotected were outfielder Jose Pujols and catcher Deivi Grullon.

Pujols, who turned 23 in September, was the Florida State League player of the year in 2018. He hit .301 with 18 homers, 58 RBIs and a .887 OPS in 95 games at Clearwater. He struck out 127 times in 352 at-bats.

Grullon, a rugged 22-year-old, hit .273 with 21 homers, 59 RBIs and a .825 OPS in 90 games at Double A Reading.

The additions left the Phillies’ 40-man roster at 38. Justin Bour remains on the roster even though multiple sources say he has cleared waivers. The next important roster date arrives on Nov. 30, which is the deadline for offering a contract to a salary arbitration-eligible player.

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Phillies to hold 3 retirement ceremonies for Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard

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Phillies to hold 3 retirement ceremonies for Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard

Phillies fans should prepare for another nostalgic year at the ballpark. 

Prior to games in May, June and July, the Phillies will hold retirement ceremonies for Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard.

Rollins' ceremony will take place Saturday night, May 4, when the Phillies host the Nationals at 7:05.

Then comes Utley's night, Friday, June 21 against the Marlins at 7:05.

Howard will be honored Sunday, July 14, when the Phils face the Nationals at 1:05.

Rollins never officially retired but hasn't played since June 2016 with the White Sox. 

Howard retired the first week of September, and Utley hung up his cleats once the playoffs ended. 

In many ways, 2018 was the final chapter in the book of the 2008 Phillies. Jayson Werth also retired in late June after his situation with the Mariners didn't work out. Carlos Ruiz hasn't officially retired but did not find a team in 2018.

Cole Hamels and Ryan Madson, though, are still going strong as the final two active members of that championship team.

Fans interested in making it to all three ceremonies can do so with the six-game Phillies Legends Ticket pack, which includes the three retirement nights along with any other three games.

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