Velasquez sharp as Phillies blank Tigers 4-0

DETROIT (AP) The Philadelphia Phillies picked a fine time to rest Bryce Harper.

Vince Velasquez pitched impressively into the sixth inning and the Phillies beat the Detroit Tigers 4-0 Wednesday to finish a quick two-game sweep. Harper sat out, but Philadelphia didn't need much offense.

''This felt kind of like a double win, mainly because we were able to rest Harper,'' Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. ''Also huge to get J.T. (Realmuto) off his feet.''

Realmuto played first base instead of catcher, and he homered in the fourth inning to open the scoring. Nick Williams also went deep for Philadelphia, which has won five of six heading into a matchup with NL East-leading Atlanta.

''This is definitely a big series coming up,'' catcher Andrew Knapp said. ''We're rolling. We're pretty confident in the way we're playing right now.''

The Phillies won the series opener at Detroit 3-2 in 15 innings in a game that ended early Wednesday, shortly after midnight. The teams returned to the field for an afternoon game, and Velasquez (3-5) outdueled Jordan Zimmermann.

Velasquez allowed four hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out nine.

Zimmermann (0-8) allowed four runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings. Detroit is 8-35 since the start of June.

Realmuto opened the scoring in the fourth with a solo shot, his 12th homer of the season. Then Philadelphia added three more runs the following inning.

Williams opened the fifth with a homer, and Cesar Hernandez added an RBI double. Rhys Hoskins hit a run-scoring single to make it 4-0, chasing Zimmermann.

Velasquez was in a jam in the second but struck out Gordon Beckham with the bases loaded to end the inning. He left in the sixth with two on and two out. Ranger Suarez, the first of three Philadelphia relievers, struck out Christin Stewart to end that threat.

''We never really got anything going offensively,'' Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''Some of that is their pitching - you have to give their guy credit - but we weren't doing anything. Maybe some of it was mental fatigue but we were chasing a lot of balls outside the zone.''

DRY SPELL

Zimmermann has made 13 starts this season. That's the most of any major league pitcher without a victory - with the exception of Tampa Bay's Ryne Stanek, who has made 27 starts as an opener, a role that rarely leads to a victory for the pitcher.

Zimmermann, on the other hand, has simply been ineffective. The game Wednesday increased his ERA to 7.57.

''I thought I was really in command for four innings and then boom, boom, boom, I'm out of the game,'' Zimmermann said. ''The slider to Realmuto was a well-executed pitch, but I didn't get it done in the fifth.''

BREATHER

This was the first game Harper has missed this season. He played in a career-high 159 last year with Washington.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Phillies: Philadelphia put IF-OF Brad Miller on the 10-day injured list with a right hip flexor strain.

Tigers: Detroit put RHP Victor Alcantara on the 10-day IL, retroactive to Sunday, with a right middle finger contusion. ... The Tigers moved C Grayson Greiner (low back strain) to the 60-day IL.

UP NEXT

Phillies: Philadelphia has an off day Thursday before beginning its three-game home series against Atlanta. Jake Arrieta (8-7) is slated to start the opener for the Phillies.

Tigers: Detroit begins a four-game series at Seattle on Thursday night. The Tigers plan to call up Drew VerHagen (1-0) from Triple-A Toledo to make that start. LHP Daniel Stumpf was optioned to Toledo after Wednesday's game.

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  • W: V. Velasquez (3-5)L: J. Zimmermann (0-8)
  • HR: PHI - J. Realmuto (12), N. Williams (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Hernandez 2B51210002.277.326.399.7265.0
S. Kingery SS40100113.279.344.522.8664.5
R. Hoskins DH50210013.263.400.522.9224.5
J. Realmuto 1B41111024.267.318.434.7525.0
A. Haseley RF30000000.205.255.409.6641.0
M. Franco 3B40100003.238.306.429.7351.0
N. Williams LF41111021.165.214.268.4825.0
A. Knapp C30000111.150.292.225.5170.5
R. Quinn CF41200010.141.214.219.4332.5
V. Velasquez P0000-000.286.375.500.000-
R. Suarez P0000-0001.0001.0001.000.000-
A. Morgan P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
H. Neris P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Jones CF40000011.243.311.441.753-0.5
    H. Castro LF40000020.287.299.407.706-1.0
    N. Castellanos RF40000030.282.339.478.817-1.5
    B. Dixon 1B30200100.264.300.481.7815.0
    J. Candelario 3B20000211.213.310.362.6711.5
    C. Stewart DH40100025.235.319.390.7090.0
    N. Goodrum SS40200021.248.320.408.7282.0
    B. Wilson C20000101.098.140.122.2611.0
    a- J. Hicks PH10000010.184.218.306.523-0.5
    G. Beckham 2B40000024.199.267.366.634-1.0
    J. Zimmermann P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    J. Cisnero P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    G. Soto P0000-0001.0001.0001.000.000-
    • a-struck out for Wilson in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 2B - C. Hernandez (20), S. Kingery (18)
    • 3B - R. Hoskins (4)
    • HR - J. Realmuto (12), N. Williams (2)
    • RBI - C. Hernandez (43), R. Hoskins (64), J. Realmuto (46), N. Williams (5)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Hoskins 2 (2), J. Realmuto 2 (2), M. Franco 3 (3), A. Knapp
    BATTING
    • 2B - N. Goodrum (20)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Jones, C. Stewart 4 (4), N. Goodrum, G. Beckham 3 (3)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - S. Kingery (7)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - B. Dixon (4)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Zimmermann-Dixon)
    • E - J. Zimmermann
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    V. Velasquez (W, 3-5)5.24002904.461.3720.5
    R. Suarez (H, 1)1.11000102.601.212.5
    A. Morgan1.00002103.210.961.5
    H. Neris1.00000303.921.104.5
    PITCHERSIP
    V. Velasquez (W, 3-5)5.2
    R. Suarez (H, 1)1.1
    A. Morgan1.0
    H. Neris1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Zimmermann (L, 0-8)4.18441327.571.71-4.5
    J. Cisnero1.20000302.841.184.5
    G. Soto3.02001207.881.757.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Zimmermann (L, 0-8)4.1
    J. Cisnero1.2
    G. Soto3.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - V. Velasquez 110-69, R. Suarez 17-13, A. Morgan 24-12, H. Neris 16-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - V. Velasquez 3-5, R. Suarez 1-2, A. Morgan 1-1
    • Batters Faced - V. Velasquez 23, R. Suarez 5, A. Morgan 5, H. Neris 3
    PITCHING
    • HBP - J. Cisnero
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Zimmermann 95-59, J. Cisnero 26-21, G. Soto 51-30
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Zimmermann 5-4, J. Cisnero 2-0, G. Soto 3-4
    • Batters Faced - J. Zimmermann 21, J. Cisnero 6, G. Soto 12
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    C. Hernandez 2B51210002.277.326.399.7265.0
    S. Kingery SS40100113.279.344.522.8664.5
    R. Hoskins DH50210013.263.400.522.9224.5
    J. Realmuto 1B41111024.267.318.434.7525.0
    A. Haseley RF30000000.205.255.409.6641.0
    M. Franco 3B40100003.238.306.429.7351.0
    N. Williams LF41111021.165.214.268.4825.0
    A. Knapp C30000111.150.292.225.5170.5
    R. Quinn CF41200010.141.214.219.4332.5
    V. Velasquez P0000-000.286.375.500.000-
    R. Suarez P0000-0001.0001.0001.000.000-
    A. Morgan P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    H. Neris P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    Total36410422817-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      J. Jones CF40000011.243.311.441.753-0.5
      H. Castro LF40000020.287.299.407.706-1.0
      N. Castellanos RF40000030.282.339.478.817-1.5
      B. Dixon 1B30200100.264.300.481.7815.0
      J. Candelario 3B20000211.213.310.362.6711.5
      C. Stewart DH40100025.235.319.390.7090.0
      N. Goodrum SS40200021.248.320.408.7282.0
      B. Wilson C20000101.098.140.122.2611.0
      a- J. Hicks PH10000010.184.218.306.523-0.5
      G. Beckham 2B40000024.199.267.366.634-1.0
      J. Zimmermann P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      J. Cisnero P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      G. Soto P0000-0001.0001.0001.000.000-
      Total32050041413-----
      • a-struck out for Wilson in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Hernandez (20), S. Kingery (18)
      • 3B - R. Hoskins (4)
      • HR - J. Realmuto (12), N. Williams (2)
      • RBI - C. Hernandez (43), R. Hoskins (64), J. Realmuto (46), N. Williams (5)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Hoskins 2 (2), J. Realmuto 2 (2), M. Franco 3 (3), A. Knapp
      BATTING
      • 2B - N. Goodrum (20)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Jones, C. Stewart 4 (4), N. Goodrum, G. Beckham 3 (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - S. Kingery (7)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - B. Dixon (4)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Zimmermann-Dixon)
      • E - J. Zimmermann
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      V. Velasquez (W, 3-5)5.24002904.461.3720.5
      R. Suarez (H, 1)1.11000102.601.212.5
      A. Morgan1.00002103.210.961.5
      H. Neris1.00000303.921.104.5
      Total9.05004140---
      PITCHERSIP
      V. Velasquez (W, 3-5)5.2
      R. Suarez (H, 1)1.1
      A. Morgan1.0
      H. Neris1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Zimmermann (L, 0-8)4.18441327.571.71-4.5
      J. Cisnero1.20000302.841.184.5
      G. Soto3.02001207.881.757.0
      Total9.01044282---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Zimmermann (L, 0-8)4.1
      J. Cisnero1.2
      G. Soto3.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - V. Velasquez 110-69, R. Suarez 17-13, A. Morgan 24-12, H. Neris 16-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - V. Velasquez 3-5, R. Suarez 1-2, A. Morgan 1-1
      • Batters Faced - V. Velasquez 23, R. Suarez 5, A. Morgan 5, H. Neris 3
      PITCHING
      • HBP - J. Cisnero
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Zimmermann 95-59, J. Cisnero 26-21, G. Soto 51-30
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Zimmermann 5-4, J. Cisnero 2-0, G. Soto 3-4
      • Batters Faced - J. Zimmermann 21, J. Cisnero 6, G. Soto 12
      • 5TH INNING
        Hoskins singled to left, Hernandez scored, Kingery to second40
        Hernandez doubled to left center, Quinn scored30
        Williams homered to right20
      • 4TH INNING
        Realmuto homered to left10
      • 9TH INNING
        • G. Soto Pitching:
        • A. Knapp: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Knapp walked
        • R. Quinn: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Quinn reached on an infield single to pitcher, Knapp to second
        • C. Hernandez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Hernandez grounded out to pitcher, Knapp to third, Quinn to second
        • S. Kingery: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Kingery struck out swinging
        • R. Hoskins: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Hoskins flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Hector Neris relieved Adam Morgan
        • N. Goodrum: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Goodrum struck out looking
        • John Hicks hit for Bobby Wilson
        • J. Hicks: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Hicks struck out looking
        • G. Beckham: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Beckham struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • G. Soto Pitching:
        • A. Haseley: Ball, Strike looking, Haseley grounded out to second
        • Ma. Franco: Ball, Ball, Ball, Franco lined out to shortstop
        • N. Williams: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Williams grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Adam Morgan relieved Ranger Suarez
        • H. Castro: Ball, Ball, Foul, Castro grounded out to second
        • N. Castellanos: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
        • B. Dixon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Dixon walked
        • J. Candelario: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Candelario walked, Dixon to second
        • C. Stewart: Strike looking, Stewart lined out to right
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Gregory Soto relieved Jose Cisnero
        • C. Hernandez: Foul, Foul, Ball, Hernandez flied out to left
        • S. Kingery: Foul, Kingery doubled to left
        • R. Hoskins: Strike looking, Strike looking, Kingery stole third, Ball, Strike swinging, Hoskins struck out swinging
        • J. Realmuto: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Realmuto flied out to center
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • R. Suarez Pitching:
        • N. Goodrum: Goodrum singled to center
        • B. Wilson: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Wilson flied out to right
        • G. Beckham: Ball, Foul, Foul, Beckham flied out to center
        • J. Jones: Foul, Jones grounded out to second
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Cisnero Pitching:
        • N. Williams: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Williams struck out swinging
        • A. Knapp: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Knapp struck out swinging
        • R. Quinn: Quinn grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • V. Velasquez Pitching:
        • H. Castro: Castro flied out to deep center
        • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Foul, Castellanos grounded out to shortstop
        • B. Dixon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Dixon singled to shallow left
        • J. Candelario: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Candelario walked, Dixon to second
        • Ranger Suarez relieved Vince Velasquez
        • C. Stewart: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Stewart struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
        • N. Williams: Ball, Williams homered to right
        • A. Knapp: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Knapp grounded out to second
        • R. Quinn: Quinn reached on bunt single to pitcher
        • C. Hernandez: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Quinn to second on Zimmermann throwing error, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Hernandez doubled to left center, Quinn scored
        • S. Kingery: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Kingery walked
        • R. Hoskins: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Hoskins singled to left, Hernandez scored, Kingery to second
        • Jose Cisnero relieved Jordan Zimmermann
        • J. Realmuto: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Realmuto struck out swinging
        • A. Haseley: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Haseley hit by pitch, Kingery to third, Hoskins to second
        • Ma. Franco: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Franco grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 5th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 1 Error)
        • V. Velasquez Pitching:
        • B. Wilson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Wilson flied out to left
        • G. Beckham: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Beckham popped out to pitcher
        • J. Jones: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Jones struck out on foul tip
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
        • R. Hoskins: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Hoskins fouled out to first
        • J. Realmuto: Foul, Ball, Realmuto homered to left
        • A. Haseley: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Haseley grounded out to shortstop
        • Ma. Franco: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Franco lined out to third
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • V. Velasquez Pitching:
        • B. Dixon: Ball, Dixon singled to left
        • J. Candelario: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Candelario lined out to right
        • C. Stewart: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Dixon stole second, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Stewart struck out on foul tip
        • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Goodrum struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
        • R. Quinn: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Quinn struck out swinging
        • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Hernandez singled to center
        • S. Kingery: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Kingery lined into double play pitcher to first, Hernandez out at first
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • V. Velasquez Pitching:
        • J. Jones: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Jones grounded out to second
        • H. Castro: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
        • N. Castellanos: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
        • A. Haseley: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Haseley fouled out to third
        • Ma. Franco: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Franco singled to right center
        • N. Williams: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Williams struck out swinging
        • A. Knapp: Strike swinging, Ball, Knapp grounded out to third, Franco to second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • V. Velasquez Pitching:
        • B. Dixon: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Dixon grounded out to first
        • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Candelario struck out swinging
        • C. Stewart: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Stewart singled to left
        • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Goodrum doubled to left, Stewart to third
        • B. Wilson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Wilson walked
        • G. Beckham: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Beckham struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
        • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Hernandez grounded out to second
        • S. Kingery: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Kingery grounded out to shortstop
        • R. Hoskins: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Hoskins tripled to deep right center
        • J. Realmuto: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Realmuto struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • V. Velasquez Pitching:
        • J. Jones: Jones flied out to deep right
        • H. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
        • N. Castellanos: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)