And, at first, it appeared to be working. Buke outdueled Giants' starter Ryan Vogelsong, who was chased in the sixth, allowing only a single run in his five innings of work, scattering eight hits and no walks against three strikeouts. All in all, a solid outing, or, it would have been had he been able to pitch the sixth as well.
Meanwhile, the Phils' offense wasn't the literal Love Canal of the last few games, and they started quickly. With one out in the first, Andres Blanco walked, Maikel Franco singled him to third, and Ryan Howard came through with an RBI single to right. Then in the top of the sixth, with the score tied 1-1 and two outs, Howard homered to right-center. 2-1.
Carlos Ruiz followed with a walk, and Cody Asche capped the rally with a spash hit homerun into McCovey Cove in deep right field, pushing the score to 4-1.
Skipper Pete Mackanin turned to Jake Diekman to open the sixth, who, with one out, allowed a pair of singles to Brandon Crawford and Gregor Blanco. Having seen enough, Mack brought in Luis Garcia in a double-switch, who promptly struck out Justin Maxwell, leading one idiot to start a tweet...
Hahaha this idiot: pic.twitter.com/iJl2RQsRb4— Football Boxarpanzol (@Phrozen_) July 12, 2015
...which he promptly saved as a draft when Angel Pagan doubled in both runners, for a 4-3 score. After Joe Panik walked, Matt Duffy tripled to deep center (a missed out that an actually good center fielder should have recorded), scoring both. Buster Posey then singled, making it 6-4.
The Giants would add on two more runs in the seventh, off Elvis Araujo.
A ninth inning rally off erstwhile Giants' closer Sergio Romo, with a pair of doubles from Freddy Galvis and Herrera, was promptly shut down by current Giants' closer Santiago Casilla.
Oh the whole, the Phillies were out-played as handily as yesterday's 15-2 drubbing, despite the better score. Sloppy play (a plus defender in LF, CF and 1B would have taken at least two runs off the board).
Perhaps the biggest takeaway from tonight, though, was don't in section 336 at AT&T Park, as it is apparently Bro Central. Two groups of bros were, at separate times, warned and walked out of the section for being generally drunk, and doing the things associated with generally drunk idiots. Props to the ushers for solving this, but it was a rough few innings.
Still stuck at 29 wins, the Phils turn to Chad Billingsley to avoid the sweep tomorrow afternoon (1:05 Pacific start time), against San Francisco's Chris Heston. Thanks for staying up late with me this weekend, folks.