By Michael Donovan
Phillies starter Jerad Eickhoff had a case of “Trouble With the Curve.”
That is, he stayed from it last night in a loss to the Miami Marlins.
After allowing a career-high eight runs in 5 1/3 innings July 9 in Colorado, he allowed nine hits and has an 8.27 ERA in his last three starts.
Manager Pete Mackanin thought Eickhoff needed to throw his curveball more, especially in the four-run fourth inning. Eickhoff agreed.
“Looking back after the outing was over, there were definitely times I could have used it more,” he said. “It was just unfortunate I wasn’t able to realize that myself and throw that more in the game in that fourth inning.”