Joseph’s power backs Eick­hoff’s pitch­ing

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By An­thony San­fil­ippo

PHILADEL­PHIA >> Whether the mo­ti­va­tion came from within or from a chal­lenge from his man­ager, Tommy Joseph cer­tainly has re­sponded.

Joseph home­red, dou­bled and drove in three runs Wed­nes­day night, lead­ing the Philadel­phia Phillies over the Chicago White Sox 8-3.

Ear­lier this month, Joseph was strug­gling and found him­self on the bench. Since then, he’s hit .480 in his last seven games.

Joseph’s homer off White Sox ace Chris Sale was his 21st of the sea­son, third-best among big league rook­ies.

Man­ager Pete Mack­anin had stated Joseph needed to be bet­ter at the plate. Joseph said a self-as­sess­ment is what helped him break out.

“The chal­lenge came from within my­self,” Joseph said. “When it comes from Pete, it gets out there pub­licly.”

Joseph hit an RBI dou­ble in the first in­ning. He con­nected for a tworun homer off Sale (16-9) in the third.

“I was just try­ing to at­tack strikes,” Joseph said. “He’s a good enough pitcher where if he gets ahead of you, he’s go­ing to make you pay. So that was our col­lec­tive game plan as a team, to cap­i­tal­ize on his mis­take early in the count.”

Cameron Rupp, Maikel Franco and Ce­sar Her­nan­dez all had twohit games for the Phillies. Her­nan­dez hit his 10th triple of the sea­son, tied for sec­ond best in the ma­jors, and has reached base safely in 26 con­sec­u­tive games.

Philadel­phia has won four of five. The White Sox have lost five in a row.

It was the sec­ond-short­est out­ing of the sea­son for Sale, and it snapped his run of six con­sec­u­tive starts of at least eight in­nings. In four starts this sea­son against NL teams, Sale is 0-4 with an 8.72 ERA.

Jerad Eick­hoff (11-13) pitched seven in­nings and gave up six hits, in­clud­ing three solo home runs, while strik­ing out six.

Eick­hoff was re­lieved to get some of­fense from his team­mates as he en­tered the game with the third-worst run sup­port in the NL.

“To get that run sup­port is huge off a guy like Sale,” Eick­hoff said. “It’s just awe­some. These guys are bat­tling, fight­ing their way through each at­bat. We just found ways to put run­ners on base and get guys home.”

Adam Ea­ton led off the game with a home run Todd Fra­zier hit his 38th in the sev­enth and Alex Avila fol­lowed with a drive in the sev­enth.

Phillies out­fielder Tyler Goed­del had to leave the game in the sixth after be­ing hit in the head by re­liever Chris Beck.

Goed­del was the fourth Philadel­phia player to be hit in the game, ty­ing a fran­chise record that last oc­curred in 1960. Sale hit three bat­ters.

“Every­one is en­ti­tled to have a bad night and tonight was mine, un­for­tu­nately. It would have been nice to sneak out of here with a win but I was just aw­ful tonight,” Sale said.


Eick­hoff has al­lowed seven home runs in his last two starts, but only six earned runs. Six of the seven homers have been solo shots. The sev­enth was a three-run homer, but all three runs were un­earned be­cause of an ear­lier er­ror. Eick­hoff has given up 29 homers this sea­son, ty­ing Bran­don Fin­negan of Cincin­nati for the most in the NL.


Ea­ton’s homer led off the game. It was the fifth time he’s done that this sea­son and ninth time in his ca­reer. ... Phillies OF Ro­man Quinn reached base four times with­out a hit (two walks, twice hit by a pitch).


The Phillies’ Tyler Goed­del re­acts after be­ing hit by a pitch from Chicago’s Chris Beck dur­ing the sev­enth in­ning Wed­nes­day at Cit­i­zens Bank Park. Goed­del was hit in the head by the pitch and left the game.

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