PHILS EFLIN AND VELO STILL IN BAKE-OFF FOR 4TH STARTER SPOT!

By Sam Bush

Zach Eflin allowed four hits, three runs and three walks in 1 2/3 innings last night as the Phils beat the Braves 6-4. He struck out one.

Vince Velasquez (above) allowed four hits, one run and one walk in three innings. He struck out two.

“My goal coming into spring training was working on my slider in the dirt,” said Eflin, who’s allowed three earned runs in 3 2/3 innings this spring. “My slider was more cutter-ish [breaking horizontally more than vertically] today.”

“I thought he rebounded pretty well in the second inning,” manager Joe Girardi told MLB.com. “I don’t make too much of it. I thought his stuff was pretty good. His curveball was pretty good. He made some mistakes with his slider. It’s Spring Training. I don’t make too much of it.”

Velasquez (one run in five innings) continues to like the fact he is pitching to more contact.

“It’s very surprising to see,” he said.

Said Girardi: “He threw the ball pretty well. He elevated when he needed to. He was down in the zone. His breaking ball was pretty good.”

The Phillies scored four runs in the ninth to win. Kyle Garlick, who is competing for a bench job, singled to score the game-tying run. He also scored the go-ahead run.

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