Phillies Week in Review: Howard Booming Off Bench

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Aug 3, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard (6) is congratulated by third base coach Juan Samuel (8) after hitting a home run during the seventh inning against the San Francisco Giants at Citizens Bank Park. The Philadelphia Phillies won 5-4 in the twelfth inning. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 3, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard (6) is congratulated by third base coach Juan Samuel (8) after hitting a home run during the seventh inning against the San Francisco Giants at Citizens Bank Park. The Philadelphia Phillies won 5-4 in the twelfth inning. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports /
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Aug 6, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jake Thompson (44) pitches against the San Diego Padres during the first inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports /

Struggling Arms

Phil Klein was called up from Lehigh Valley to start in place of the injured Aaron Nola. Klein posted a 7.20 ERA, giving up four earned runs in five innings pitched against the Giants this week.

Jake Thompson, who was acquired in the Cole Hamels trade to Texas last year, struggled in his major league debut. Thompson gave up six earned run in just 4.1 innings pitched with one strikeout.

Here’s hoping he will be able to shake off his jitters and have a better second outing like his teammate Zach Eflin did earlier this season.

Speaking of Eflin, he also struggled this week. Eflin gave up six earned runs in just five innings pitched against the Giants this week.

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