Eickhoff rusty in season debut for Phils

Still considered a little rusty as he recovers from a fractured right thumb suffered in spring training, Philadelphia Phillies starter Jerad Eickhoff allowed three runs, two earned, in losing his season debut to the New York Mets on Friday. The Phillies’ bullpen blew up after Eickhoff departed as the defending National League champions went on to post a 7-2 victory at Citi Field.

“I felt frustrated because I wasn’t executing my fastball,” Eickhoff told Philly.com.

On the other hand, he said most of the day when he had to really make a pitch he was able to do so.

“He didn’t look as sharp as I’ve seen him,” Phils manager Pete Mackanin said to Philly.com. “But he still only gave up two runs, which is fine.”

Eickhoff (0-1), a 25-year-old righthander from Mater Dei High School, threw five innings, allowed five hits while walking two and fanning three. It took him 60 pitches to record his first six outs.



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About Gordon Engelhardt

Many moons ago, I was a semipro baseball pitcher and my love for the grand old game continues unabated. I was lucky enough to cover the White Sox in the 1983 ALCS and the Cubbies in the 1984 NLCS while living in northern Illinois. I have covered several Cardinals games, but never in postseason.

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