That being said, the Phillies lost 3-2 in the 10th inning today.
Weirdly, there isn’t a lot to say about this game, other than it was LONG. Good lord this game was long. It was long and there were long stretches of nothing. It was long like... well... it was long like something that’s very long, alright? It was a long game. It was Rob Manfred’s worst nightmare.
Let’s start with the most important part of this game: Aaron Nola looked great. He went just five innings, but he gave up just one run on six hits. And the run he gave up (as well as a decent number of pitches) came on a number of well-placed and simply lucky infield hits from the Nats in the second inning. Nola touched 95 on the gun, and it was great.
Runs were tough to come by for both teams. Tommy Joseph hit his first homer of the year in the second inning off of Stephen Strasburg, and got their second on a Cesar Hernandez single in the fifth. The Nats tied the game up in the seventh, and that’s where it stayed for another eleven million yearsssszzzzzzzzzzz.
By the time Jeanmar Gomez came into the game in the bottom of the ninth, I was praying for it to end. It had been going on for more than three hours and I was just ready to move on with my life. Gomez held off doom and destruction for an inning, thanks to Maikel Franco’s Much Improved Defense.
Things learned on this play to force extras: Franco can flash the leather & Blanco can nearly do the splits while keeping his foot on base. pic.twitter.com/RNQuioS9jD— Meghan Montemurro (@M_Montemurro) April 14, 2017
That inspired these two tweets, which I love.
Ah the Jeanmar is Bad narrative is crushed by the Maikel's Defense is Improved narrative, truly baseball is a story, told by the grass and t— Justin Klugh (@justin_klugh) April 14, 2017
Lost in this is the Andres Blanco's Groin has been Decimated narrative— Justin Klugh (@justin_klugh) April 14, 2017
While those brightened my evening considerably, there was still a matter of another inning. And because Pete Mackanin had a dinner date or he had to pee or because he wanted to live dangerously and play with fire, Mack left Gomez in for a second inning.
You can figure out how that went, right? Putting in his clearly damaged former closer for a second inning of work instead of putting in closer Joaquin Benoit and asking him to go more than an inning? How could that not work?! Putting in the worse pitcher is ALWAYS the best idea when you need a solid inning in a tie game on the road!
Someone hire me to manage a baseball team, I’m clearly qualified for the job.
Gomez gave up a single to Bryce Harper, and then Daniel Murphy doubled deep into left field. Harper trucked around the bases and made it home well before the ball, and the game was over.
PETE MACKANIN: (on dugout phone) Give me somebody. Anybody— Justin Klugh (@justin_klugh) April 14, 2017
(Bullpen gate jams)
MACKANIN: GIVE ME SOMEBODY
(Pitchers burst into flames) https://t.co/S6baW5CzWO
MACKANIN: nooooo— Justin Klugh (@justin_klugh) April 14, 2017
JEANMAR: (bucket stuck on head) I got this Skip
Oh well, Phillies. You’ll get ‘em tomorrow.