Phillies, Fish, Split Twin-Bill

The Phils split a doubleheader today in Miami to the Marlins. Really could have used a win in both those games today but I guess I’ll take it. The Phillies are now 22-20.

Nola pitched great in game one for his first career complete game. (Though it was seven innings so it’s not really a complete game). He only gave up 3 hits and shut out the Fish. The offense took care of the rest in game one plating 11 runs.

Scoring Recap:

Top third

Andrew McCutchen homers to left field, Adam Haseley scores, Phillies lead 2-0.

Jean Segura doubles in Rhys Hoskins and J.T. Realmuto, 4-0 Phils.

Top fourth

Adam Haseley singles, Phil Gosselin scores, 5-0 Phillies.

Andrew McCutchen singles, Alec Bohm scores, 6-0 Philadelphia.

Rhys Hoskins homers, Adam Haseley scores, Andrew McCutchen scores, 9-0 Phils.

Top fifth

An Alec Bohm double scores Didi Gregorius, 10-0 Phillies.

Adam Haseley scores Alec Bohm on a double, 11-0 Philadelphia.

FINAL: Phillies 11, Marlins 0

Game two was looking like a rough one from the start. It was a bullpen game as reliever Blake Parker would get his second career start. It was just a bad game to watch. The Phillies pitchers allowed way too many baserunners to the Marlins and are actually lucky that they only gave up five runs. The Phillies did have chances to get themselves back into the game multiple times with two, three runners on, but couldn’t come up clutch at any point. Just a rough game to watch for any fan.

Scoring Recap:

Top third

A Rhys Hoskins groundout scores Andrew Knapp, 1-0 Phillies.

Bottom third

Lewis Brinson homers, ties game at 1.

Bottom fourth

Isan Diaz singles, Brian Anderson scores, 2-1 Fish.

Jorge Alfaro’s single scores Isan Diaz and Miguel Rojas. 4-1 Miami.

Top fifth

Andrew McCutchen singles to score Ronald Torreyes. 4-2 Marlins.

Bottom sixth

Starling Marte singles, Monte Harrison scores, 5-2 Marlins.

Top seventh

J.T. Realmuto singles in Bryce Harper, 5-3 Miami.

FINAL: Phillies 3, Marlins 5

A Look Ahead:

The Phillies will continue their crazy seven-game series against Miami tomorrow night at 6:10. Phils rookie right-hander Spencer Howard will go for Philadelphia against Miami’s Jose Urena.


Phillies Fall to Mets 5-1, Five Game Streak Comes to an End

Well, the Phillies five game winning streak came to a close in New York tonight, as the Phils fall to the Mets 5-1. The Phillies fall to 19-16, and New York improves slightly to 18-22.

Rhys Hoskins opened up the scoring with a solo homer in the top of the first to put the Phils up 1-0. It was his seventh homer in 11 games. After that, the Phils offense wasn’t able to muster anything against fifth starter Seth Lugo and the Mets bullpen.

Spencer Howard just was not hitting his spots tonight. After a good start last Monday, today was definitely a regress from that. Howard gave up three runs over his four innings of work. He just threw way too many pitches, too many 3-2, 2-2, 3-1 counts. Ranger Suarez made his season debut tonight, going 1 2/3 and allowing two runs. Suarez did not look like his 2019 self. He as well as Howard was leaving the ball up in the zone and not hitting corners.

It was just an all-around sloppy game by the Phillies tonight. Hopefully they can bounce back tomorrow afternoon.

Scoring Recap

Top first

Rhys Hoskins homers to left, 1-0 Phils.

Bottom third

Andres Gimenez singles, Jeff McNeil scores, 1-1 game.

Michael Conforto singles in Andres Gimenez, 2-1 Mets.

Bottom fourth

Andres Gimenez sacrifice fly, Todd Frazier scores, 3-1 New York.

Bottom fifth

Dominic Smith grounds into a force out to score Brandon Nimmo. 4-1 Mets.

Bottom sixth

Robinson Chirinos doubles, Andres Gimenez scores, 5-1 Mets.

FINAL: Phillies 1, Mets 5

A Look Ahead:

The Phils will look to take the third game of this four game series against the Mets tomorrow afternoon at 1:10pm. It’ll be a tough one, as the Phillies offense will go up against defending NL Cy Young Jacob DeGrom. Aaron Nola goes for Philadelphia.

Wheeler, Phils Shut Out Nats for Second Straight Nights

Anddddd that would be eight out of nine since Bryce Harper said the now 17-15 Phillies would have to win nine out of their next ten games.

What a game. That was very fun to watch. After Aaron Nola’s gem of a start last night, Zack Wheeler follows up with his own, going 6 2/3 scoreless with six strikeouts, and only allowing three hits. Phenomenal job. Then the new bullpen arms came in, David Phelps went 1 1/3 scoreless in his Phillies debut, followed by a clean save by Brandon Workman; as the Phils shut out the 12-22 Nats for the second straight night.

Even though the Phillies only scored three runs tonight, compared to their average of over five per game, I’m not upset about their performance tonight. They were facing a great pitcher in Max Scherzer. They were again quiet early, but Neil Walker came up with a clutch two-run single in the fourth, and Jay Bruce added an insurance run in the sixth with a solo homer to left. Good performance all around by the Phillies and this team is looking like a serious playoff contender.  

Scoring Recap:

Bottom fourth

Neil Walker singles to center, J.T. Realmuto scores, Jean Segura scores, 2-0 Philadelphia.

Bottom sixth

Jay Bruce homers, 3-0 Phils.

FINAL: Nationals 0, Phillies 3

A Look Ahead:

The Phillies will go for the four-game sweep of the Nats tomorrow afternoon, as Zach Eflin takes the hill for the Phils, he’ll be opposed by right-hander Anibal Sanchez. First pitch is at 4:05pm.

The Phils Take Game One from Nats, Win Two Straight

Good win. The Phils (11-14) defeated the Washington Nationals (11-15) Tuesday night in D.C. The Phils win their second straight and overcome the Nats in the NL East standings.

I was VERY happy with Jake Arrieta’s performance tonight. After a rough outing his last time out, he went five innings just giving up a solo shot to Trea Turner in the first. He was going to go further into the game, but a rain delay stalled the game after the fifth inning which caused his night to come to an abrupt end.

The offense, well, what can I say. It continued to be elite tonight in the Phillies 8-3 win. Down by a run early, the Phils got four runs in the third, three of which were driven in by J.T. Realmuto’s ninth home run of the season, which, was an odd one. Realmuto skied one to deep right, and it hit the top of the wall and bounced over for a three-run homer. I’ll take it. Aside from that, the Phils had some other clutch hits, and some clutch baserunning. Andrew McCutchen stole two bases, and Roman Quinn SOMEHOW scored on a fielder’s choice with the bases loaded. It was a one-hopper to short from McCutchen, and Roman Quinn, covering 29.6 feet per second was able to score. Quinn is the fastest player in the MLB according to Statcast. Jean Segura also drove in a few insurance runs on a two-out single in the ninth.

Scoring Recap:

Bottom first

Trea Turner skies a solo homer, 1-0 Washington

Top third

Scott Kingery scores on an Andrew McCutchen single, 1-1 tie.

J.T. Realmuto homers to right, Andrew McCutchen scores, Rhys Hoskins scores, 4-1 Phils.

Bottom sixth

Adam Eaton homers, 4-2 Phillies.

Top seventh

Andrew McCutchen reaches on a fielder’s choice, Roman Quinn scores, 5-2 Philadelphia.

Top eighth

Alec Bohm singles in Didi Gregorius, 6-2 Phillies.

Top ninth

Jean Segura singles, Andrew McCutchen scores, Bryce Harper scores, 8-2 Phils.

Bottom ninth

Eric Thames reaches on an error, Asdrubal Cabrera scores, 8-3 Philadelphia.

FINAL: Phillies 8, Nationals 3

A Look Ahead:

The Phils will face off against the Nats for game two of the series tomorrow night at 6:05. Phils ace Aaron Nola will try to bounce back after a rough game against the Braves on Friday. He’ll face LHP Patrick Corbin.

The Braves Rout the Phillies 11-2 as the Phils Put Out Pathetic Performance

The Atlanta Braves (15-11) blew out the Phillies (9-13) Friday night 11-2.

Well that was pathetic. The Phils lose their fourth straight after winning four straight just last weekend. Nothing went well for the Phillies tonight. Nola, who had been great this season could not seem to be able to command his fastball, or any of his pitches for that matter. All of the home runs were on the curveball which he was leaving up in the zone consistently. Nola gave up four runs through 2 2/3 innings of work, which was his shortest outing of his career. Then the bullpen was the bullpen, and the Braves exploded for six runs thanks to some bad pitches by Cole Irvin, and some bad defense by the Phils. Third baseman Alec Bohm made three errors in the inning, making the rookie clearly frustrated.

The Braves starter, Max Fried went five innings and gave up one run, but he wasn’t very good. He wasn’t locating his pitches well either, and he hung a LOT of breaking balls. But the biggest difference between the two teams today was that the Braves were hitting those hangers, and those hittable pitches, while the Phillies were not. Overall that was a very bad performance by the Phillies tonight and is inexcusable. This team tells fans every year, “We’re going to compete this year.” And yet every year they’re the same mediocre Phillies that they’ve always been. It’s just very disappointing to see a team that doesn’t appear to care about the outcome of the game at all.

Scoring Recap:

Top first

Phil Gosselin singles in Jean Segura, 1-0 Phillies.

Bottom third

Travis d’Arnaud homers to center, Freddie Freeman scores, 2-1 Atlanta.

Marcell Ozuna home run, 3-1 Braves.

Johan Camargo doubles, Austin Riley scores, 4-1 Braves.

Bottom fifth

Johan Camargo RBI double scores Adam Duvall, 5-1 Atlanta.

Ender Inciarte sacrifice fly, Austin Riley scores, 6-1 Braves.

Dansby Swanson reaches on an error, Johan Camargo scores, 7-1 Atlanta.

Travis d’Arnaud singles to score Dansby Swanson, 8-1 Braves.

Marcell Ozuna hits a three-run homer, Freddie Freeman scores, Travis d’Arnaud scores, 11-1 Braves.

Top seventh

Andrew Knapp doubles, Rhys Hoskins scores, 11-2 Atlanta.

FINAL: Phillies 2, Braves 11.

A Look Ahead:

The Phils will play game two of their series in Atlanta tomorrow night. Zack Wheeler of the Phillies will face off against Robbie Erlin of the Braves. First pitch is at 7:10 PM as the Phils will try to right the ship as they’ve now lost four straight

Phils Offense Explodes vs. Sox, Squad Gets Back to .500

The Phillies EXPLODE tonight against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park beating them 13-6. The Phils improve to .500 (9-9) and the Sox fell to 6-18 and now have a nine-game losing streak.

I wasn’t very impressed with the pitching tonight, and I’m usually not. Zach Eflin started the game and gave up four runs early in his 4 1/3 innings of work. The bullpen wasn’t lights out either. I don’t have a problem with the one run that Jose Alvarez gave up in the fifth, but yet again the Phillies had a hard time finishing this one off in the ninth. Deolis Guerra came in with a 13-5 lead in the ninth inning, and got the first two hitters before walking the next guy, and then giving up an RBI double off the monster to Mitch Moreland. The next batter then follows with a dribbler up the first base line, and somehow Rhys Hoskins and Guerra had some miscommunication and the batter reached safely. Cannot happen. You have got to lock the game down with a big lead. You just have to.

Phillies RF Bryce Harper slams a three-run homer to right field during the Phils seven-run sixth inning.

A notable player from today’s game would be Rhys Hoskins. Went 2-3 with a walk, single, and homer (his first of the season). I noticed that over the weekend Rhys was doing a better job of staying through the ball and driving it to right center instead of trying to pull outside pitches and rolling over for a weak groundball. Other than that, Phil Gosselin CONTINUES his red hot streak. He came in mid-game for a struggling Scott Kingery tonight, and went 2-2 with a double and a homer. Gosselin definitely should be starting over Scotty considering how hot he is. Look for him to be in the lineup tomorrow afternoon. Bryce Harper had the big knock tonight slamming a three-run shot in the Phils huge seven run sixth inning. The homer, which was Bryce’s fifth of the season opened the game wide open putting the Phils up 8-4.

Scoring Recap:

Bottom first

Xander Bogaerts drives in Rafael Devers with a single, 1-0 Boston.

Bottom third

Rafael Devers lines an RBI double, Alex Verdugo scores, 2-0 Red Sox.

J.D. Martinez with an RBI double to score Rafael Devers, 3-0 Sox.

Top fourth

Jay Bruce singles, Didi Gregorius scores. 3-1 Red Sox.

Top fifth

Rhys Hoskins skies a solo homer, 3-2 Sox.

Bottom fifth

Xander Bogaerts sac fly, Alex Verdugo scores, 4-2 Boston.

Top sixth

Phil Gosselin hits a double, Didi Gregorius scores, 4-3 Red Sox.

Roman Quinn drives in Phil Gosselin on an RBI single, 4-4 tie.

Andrew McCutchen RBI single scores Roman Quinn. 5-4 Phils.

Bryce Harper launches a three-run home run to right field, Andrew McCutchen scores, Rhys Hoskins scores, 8-4 Phillies.

Didi Gregorius singles, J.T. Realmuto scores. 9-4 Philadelphia.

Top seventh

Phil Gosselin homers to left, 10-4 Phillies.

Bottom seventh

Mitch Moreland RBI single scores Jonathan Arauz. 10-5 Phils.

Top eighth.

Jay Bruce homers to center, Bryce Harper scores, Alec Bohm scores, 13-5 Philadelphia.

Bottom ninth

Mitch Moreland doubles, Jose Peraza scores, 13-6 Phillies.

A Look Ahead:

The Phils will wrap up their short two-game stay in Boston tomorrow afternoon. First pitch is at 1:35. Jake Arrieta takes the mound for Philadelphia, he’ll face Kyle Hart.

Phils Drop Second Game to O’s in Disappointing Fashion

Welp. The Phils lost game two to the Orioles tonight 5-4. That was a tough one. The Phils drop to 5-8 and the O’s improved to 9-7.

Nothing was horrible tonight, but nothing on the Phils end was great except for Zach Eflin’s career-high in strikeouts (10). Eflin went six allowing four runs, two coming on dinky solo homers. Wasn’t mad about Zach’s performance but he sadly got the loss and is now 0-1. The offense just didn’t look like the offense from Tuesday night from the first pitch on. Rhys Hoskins grounded into three double plays, and the best the offense could muster was two runs in the third in a little rally. Aside from that they got one off an RBI double by Knapp (who had three hits tonight, a career high for one game) in the second, and another from Knapp’s RBI single in the eighth.

The offense wasn’t bad tonight, all they gave up was an earned run for Adam Morgan in the seventh inning off the third solo shot from the O’s on the night. It was a tough loss for sure but we need the win in the series finale tomorrow afternoon.

Scoring Recap:

Bottom second:

Andrew Knapp doubles, Didi Gregorius scores, 1-0 Phillies.

Top third:

Anthony Santander solo homer, 1-1 game.

Bottom third:

J.T. Realmuto single scores Rhys Hoskins, 2-1 Phils.

Didi Gregorius sacrifice fly, Bryce Harper scores, 3-1 Philadelphia.

Top fourth:

Chance Sisco drives in Renato Nunez and Dwight Smith on a single, 3-3 tie.

Top fifth:

Solo homerun for Rio Ruiz, 4-3 Baltimore lead.

Top seventh:

Chance Sisco with a solo shot, 5-3 Orioles.

Bottom eighth:

Andrew Knapp RBI single scores Jean Segura, 5-4 Orioles.

Final: Orioles 5, Phillies 4

A Look Ahead:

The Phils will wrap up the three-game set against the O’s tomorrow afternoon at 4:05 PM. you can watch on NBCSP, the MyTeams app, ESPN, or listen on 94 WIP.

The Phillies Beat the Braves 5-0 in Series Opener, Get to .500

Wow! That was great. The Phils beat their division rivals 5-0 on a beautiful Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park.

The Phils pitching staff FINALLY did their job from the starter to the bullpen. Arrieta (who I have been really impressed with so far), went six scoreless, with six strikeouts and only three hits and a walk. Great job. In mid-season form Arrieta easily would’ve gotten through the seventh tonight. After Arrieta, Jose Alvarez came in and got two outs in the seventh before Girardi handed the ball to Tommy Hunter. After struggling on Thursday night against the Yankees, Hunter went 1 1/3 scoreless. Four up, four down. Then Deolis Guerra (who has also struggled in 2020) came in and mowed down the Braves in the ninth for the win.

J.T. Realmuto and Didi Gregorius elbow-bump after Realmuto’s fourth inning leadoff homer

The offense was good tonight getting five runs across against the Braves. The starter tonight for Atlanta, Kyle Wright, had struggled through his first two starts this year, was mowing down hitters until the fourth inning when the Phils exploded for four runs, all coming on the long ball. Philadelphia got their fifth run after Didi Gregorius drove in Bryce Harper on an RBI single in the eighth. Even though the Phillies weren’t consistently scoring runs, they were getting solid contact on almost every hitter, striking out only four times. Some ground ball and line drive outs had exit velocities of over 100 miles an hour.

Scoring Recap:

Bottom fourth:

J.T. Realmuto hits a solo home run to left field, 1-0 Phillies

Jay Bruce launches a three-run shot to right center, Didi Gregorius scores, Jean Segura scores, 4-0 Philadelphia

Bottom eighth

Didi Gregorius drives in Bryce Harper with an RBI single, 5-0 Phils.

FINAL: Braves 0, Phillies 5

A Look Ahead:

The Phillies will play the Braves in a traditional double-header tomorrow afternoon beginning at 1:05pm, before they wrap up the series vs. Atlanta on Monday night.

Phils Win 5-4, Split Series with Yanks

The Philadelphia Phillies (3-4) beat the New York Yankees (9-3) on Thursday night at Citizens Bank Park, splitting the Phils second series of 2020.  

Phillies’ Bryce Harper and J.T. Realmuto celebrate after Realmuto’s three-run first inning home run.

This game was okay, the offense did a good enough job to win, and the bullpen finally held a team to less than three runs. Eflin’s start wasn’t bad, allowing just a two run single over four innings. He threw only about 60-70 pitches, which was expected considering this was only his second time out on the hill since March.

The Yankees made it a little iffy toward the end, as Gary Sanchez launched a two-run home run in the top of the seventh inning off of Nick Pivetta. The Yankees mustered a double in the eighth, and two singles to put up a fight in the ninth, but closer Hector Neris was able to lock down the one run victory. Wasn’t INCREDIBLY impressed with anything, but hey, we got the win.

Scoring Recap:

Bottom first

J.T. Realmuto hits a three-run homer, Rhys Hoskins scores, Bryce Harper scores, 3-0 Philadelphia

Top second

Mike Tauchman two-run single, Brett Gardner scores, Gio Urshela scores, 3-2 Phillies.

Bottom third

Phil Gosselin lines a two-run double, Bryce Harper scores, J.T. Realmuto scores, 5-2 Philly.

Top seventh

Gary Sanchez homers, Gio Urshela scores, 5-4 Phils.

FINAL: Phillies 5, Yankees 4

A look ahead:

The Phillies will stay at home for some action against the Atlanta Braves this weekend. It will be a four-game series, ending with a Monday night game. Definitely a huge series for the Phils.

Guerra and Offense Struggle, Phils Drop Game One to the Yanks, 6-3

The Philadelphia Phillies (1-3) fell to the New York Yankees (8-1) on Monday night at Yankee Stadium 6-3.

Overall, not mad at this loss, Yankees ace Gerrit Cole pitched very well through six allowing just a solo homer to Jay Bruce. Cole had to leave the game after an about 45-minute rain delay.

Phillies DH Jay Bruce rounds third base after belting a solo homer to right center field in the top of the third inning.

I was happy with the way RHP Jake Arrieta pitched, giving up three runs in five innings. He was efficient, had movement, and was getting plenty of ground ball outs. When in mid-season form, Jake easily could’ve gone six or even seven innings tonight. Arrieta got some bad luck on two of his three earned runs tonight, a couple “Yankee Stadium Homers” snuck out down the right and left field lines. Deolis Guerra came in to relieve Arrieta in the bottom of the sixth, just two walk a guy, hit Giancarlo Stanton, then shortly after gives up a three run shot to Gio Urshela. Other than Guerra, Adam Morgan, Tommy Hunter, and Jose Alvarez all looked good mowing down Yankee hitters. The offense showed some signs of life in the seventh and eighth, managing some baserunners and mustering two runs to make it a three run game, but the Phils went down 1-2-3 in the ninth and fell to New York.

Scoring Recap:

Bottom first

DJ LeMahieu hits a solo shot, puts the Yanks up 1-0.

 Top third

Jay Bruce with a solo homer, ties the game at 1.

Bottom third

Brett Gardner solo home run, puts Yankees back on top 2-1.

Aaron Hicks’ RBI double scores Aaron Judge, 3-1 New York.

Bottom sixth

Gio Urshela launches a three-run shot to left, puts the Yankees up for good at 6-1

Top seventh

Adam Haseley grounds an RBI single up the middle to score Jean Segura. 6-2 New York.

Top eighth

Jean Segura bloops an RBI single which scores J.T. Realmuto, 6-3 Yankees.

FINAL: Yankees 6, Phillies 3

A look ahead:

The Phils get another day off tomorrow (as if they haven’t had enough of those) as the game was postponed due to Hurricane Isaias. They’ll play a doubleheader at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday starting at 4:05 PM. The Yankees will be the home team for game one, the Phils will get the advantage in game two. Watch Wednesday’s action on NBCSP, MyTeams App. Listen on 94 WIP.