Eickhoff allowed four earned runs on five hits over 3 1/3 innings, taking the loss in a 5-4 decision vs. Pittsburgh on an unseasonably cold day at Spectrum Field. He struck out three and walked none. The Phillies’ current No. 2 starter allowed the leadoff man to get aboard in three of the four innings he started. Each time it cost his cheap authentic MLB jerseys at least one run.
“It was just one of those weird situations,” Eickhoff said of the first-batter hiccups. “I felt good. I felt comfortable. I felt in control of cheap MLB jerseys online myself out there. It just didn’t play out.”
Eickhoff said that part of the reason was not being able to spot his breaking stuff to put hitters away when he was ahead early in the counts.
“He grinded through four solid innings,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. “He was able to spot his fastball a couple times and, overall, it was a strong cheap authentic MLB jerseys performance.”
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The Pirates jumped on Eickhoff early with a sacrifice fly to right off the bat of Jordan Luplow that scored Adam Frazier, who doubled to lead off the cheap authentic MLB jerseys game. Elias Diaz led off the second with a home run to left on a slider that hung over the plate.
Eickhoff again let the first batter of the inning reach after Pirates pitcher Steven Brault lined a single down the left-field line in the third. A single by Frazier, and another sac fly by Luplow plated Brault. The next batter, Josh Bell, doubled just out of the reach of a sprinting Rhys Hoskins cheap jerseys to bring in Frazier.
Eickhoff did manage to get the first batter he faced in the fourth, Max Moroff, who lined out, but he was relieved by righty Ricardo Pinto, who recorded the final two outs.
MLB Pipeline ranks Crawford as the No. 7 shortstop prospect in baseball and the Phils’ No. 4 prospect. He has just 27 days of service time following his promotion and cheap authentic MLB jerseys from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to the Phillies on Sept. 5. Position players retain rookie status until they have exceeded 130 at-bats or accumulated 45 days on the active roster, which means Crawford technically will remain a prospect until the middle of April.
But the Phillies believe he is ready to handle an everyday job in the big leagues. Crawford, 23, hit .214 with four doubles, one triple and six RBIs in 87 plate appearances in September. He posted a .356 on-base percentage, giving the front office confidence that he will find his cheap authentic MLB jerseys way offensively.
The Phils are so confident they traded Freddy Galvis to the Padres last month.
Crawford also impressed the club with his defense. He played shortstop, third base and second base. He never committed an error.
Third baseman Maikel Franco, right-hander Luis Garcia and second baseman Cesar Hernandez were also eligible for salary arbitration, and they reached agreements Friday, according to sources.
Rupp will enter Spring Training next month in an interesting situation. Rookie catcher Jorge Alfaro will make the Opening Day roster in part because he is out of authentic MLB jerseys options. It leaves Rupp and Andrew Knapp competing for the second catching job.
Rupp posted a .716 OPS in 331 plate appearances last season. He had a .750 OPS in 389 plate appearances in 2016. Knapp posted a .736 OPS in 204 plate appearances last season. Phillies general manager Matt Klentak has cited Knapp a couple times this offseason when talking about cheap authentic MLB jerseys and hitters that “control the strike zone,” which is a point of emphasis for the front office.
Both Rupp and Knapp have options remaining, meaning one of them can open the season in Triple-A Lehigh Valley.