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De Los Santos makes a strong impression in MLB debut

Enyel De Los Santos
Enyel De Los Santos pitches against the New York Mets in his MLB debut at Citi Field on July 10, 2018. De Los Santos picked up the win as the Phillies beat the Mets 7-3. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

After the Phillies 7-3 win over the Mets Tuesday night, Enyel De Los Santos admitted to having some nerves to battle prior to taking the mound. The only nerves that may have showed up came when he walked Brandon Nimmo, the first batter he faced in the game. From there, it was all good, as he struck out Jose Bautista for his first major league strikeout and followed that by getting a groundball double-play off the bat of Asdrubel Cabrera to end the inning.

The right-hander went on to pitch 6 1/3 innings, allowing three earned runs on five hits and three walks. De Los Santos also struck out six batters in the game and at the plate put down two solid sacrifice bunts to advance runners.

Lost in De Los Santos’ debut was a four-RBI performance from Maikel Franco, who hit a three-run home run and singled in another run. Rhys Hoskins and Nick Williams both had three hits in the game with Williams driving in two runs.

The 22-year old hit a top velocity of 97.3 miles-per-hour with his fastball and used that same pitch to record all six of his strikeouts in the game. In addition to throwing both a two-seam and four-seam fastball, De Los Santos showed good control of his curve and change-up.

Initially, De Los Santos was supposed to be pitching in Wednesday night’s Triple-A All-Star Game in Columbus, Ohio. He collected the most votes of any pitcher giving him the starting nod to start for the International League in their annual contest against the Pacific Coast League. Instead, the Phillies needed another starter and called upon De Los Santos to pitch in New York. He was optioned back to Lehigh Valley following the game but certainly figures to return in September, if not before.

“I think I showed them that I’m capable of doing really good things here. I’m confident. I think I did a pretty good job, so yeah, hopefully I opened some eyes,” De Los Santos told reporters through an interpreter after the game.

Amed Rosario tripled with one out in the seventh to finish De Los Santos’ night. Mark Leiter came on and got Michael Conforto to ground out but Rosario scored on the play. Leiter then struck out Nimmo to end the inning. Edubray Ramos threw a scoreless eighth inning and Tommy Hunter did the same in the ninth to lock up the win. Combined with a Braves loss, the Phillies now hold a one-game lead in the National League East over Atlanta.

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