Jay Bruce leads Phillies to 9-6 win over Padres
Bruce tied a career high with six RBIs in his second game since being acquired by the Phillies. His ninth career slam gave Philadelphia a lift on the day it learned outfielder Andrew McCutchen will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL.
Jerad Eickhoff (3-3) was the benefactor of the Phillies hitting four home runs. He pitched six innings and surrendered three runs and four hits, striking out five.
Rookie Chris Paddack (4-4) was rocked for the third time in four starts. He lasted 4 1/3 innings and was charged with six runs (five earned) on eight hits, with four strikeouts.
Hector Neris pitched the ninth for his 11th save.
Bruce will see increased playing time with McCutchen out. Acquired in a trade with the Seattle Mariners on Sunday, the 12-year veteran paid dividends in his second game with his new club.
Bruce’s 27th multihomer game and his second this year — with the slam coming off reliever Brad Wieck — highlighted a four-run fifth inning that pushed the Phillies ahead 8-2.
The Phillies also activated outfielder Adam Haseley in the wake of McCutchen’s injury. Haseley, their top pick from the 2017 draft, was promoted and thrust into the starting lineup after only a handful games at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He went 0 for 4 in his big league debut.
For the third time this season, the Phillies produced consecutive long flies in the fourth, with Bruce and Scott Kingery supplying the muscle and Philadelphia with a 4-2 lead.
Bruce launched Paddack’s 93 mph fastball over the left field fence. Kingery sent a 91 mph fastball into the second deck of the left-field seats.
Maikel Franco‘s first career pinch-hit homer in the eighth was the Phillies’ fourth and final blast of the game.
Phillies: McCutchen hopes to be ready for next opening day.
Phillies: RHP Jake Arrieta (5-5, 3.96) makes his seventh career start against the Padres after splitting four decisions.
Padres: RHP Cal Quantrill (1-2, 5.14) is being summoned from the minors for the third time this season to make his fifth career start. The lone win for the Canadian native came at Toronto over the Blue Jays on May 25.
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