Much like the “Facts of Life” theme, let’s take a look at the good and bad of tonight’s 8-4 loss to the freaking Marlins.
Good: Odubel Herrera went 2-for-4 and extended his on-base streak to 30 games. He’s on fire right now, hitting .343 with a .905 OPS. He’s one of just two players who had more than one hit tonight. He’s amazing. He’s stupendous. He’s like a glorious lion, or a majestic greyhound, or a swift dolphin. Or a combination of the three... wait, wait, never mind, that’s hideous, please don’t imagine that, oh god please stop WHAT HAVE I DONE?!
Bad: Jake Arrieta just didn’t have it tonight. His command was off, and it showed. He allowed six runs on eight hits, but worst of all? He didn’t even make it out of the fourth inning. With two outs, he was replaced. He struck out just two.
Good: Two players hit a two-run home run each! Jorge Alfaro, who just might possibly be getting a little hot, hit a two-run jack AND a single, which is super great. Maikel Franco also hit a two-run home run, and don’t look now but he’s hitting .266 with a .775 OPS. That is very good to see! And while Scott Kingery and Cesar Hernandez only had one hit each, they were both doubles. Even Jake Arrieta had a hit!
Bad: Aside from the homers, the offense was largely ineffectual. Herrera and Jorge Alfaro were the only players with two hits. Rhys Hoskins went 0-for-4. Carlos Santana had an 0-for-4 night as well. Aaron Altherr went 0-for-3 with a walk. All the offense came against Dan Straily, and then it dried right up. It was hard to watch, especially when they would blow good scoring chances. But more on that in a moment...
Good: I have to have this here in order for the number of good and bad things to be evened out. So, uh, no players got carried off the field by giant birds. That’s a good thing, right? Any night that happens, we should consider it a philosophical win.
Bad: Baserunning again is an issue, but this time it was Cesar Hernandez (who is also looking fallible at the plate for the first time in awhile). In the top of the seventh inning, Cesar walked to lead off, and after Hoskins struck out, Herrera singled and moved Hernandez to second. Then Aaron Altherr walked to load the bases, and it was on. The Phillies were only down two runs at the time, so a fly ball could score a run. Carlos Santana flied out, and for some reason Cesar didn’t tag up. That could have brought the Phillies to within a run and changed the complexion of the game, but instead: no. In the bottom of the seventh, the Marlins hit a two-run homer, putting the game out of reach for good.
And that’s the... wait, I forgot Tommy Hunter. Tommy Hunter allowed that homer in the bottom of the seventh, hit by Brian Anderson. The ball went halfway up the home run sculpture.
So there was definitely more bad than good in tonight’s game. Especially when you consider that I made up one of the good things. But tomorrow’s another game, and the Phillies can try again. Hopefully they’ll get it right this time. Or just win. I don’t need for it to be right, I just need a win. We all do.