The Phillies lost to the Rockies 7-2 tonight, and these kinds of games are starting to feel disappointingly familiar. At least this time, the pitching didn’t deserve to have the offense pick it up. No sense in wasting those hits and runs on a game like this one!
So yeah, tonight was not a good start for Nick. He allowed a run in the first and then settled down in the second and third, but then in the fourth he vomited a five-run mess all over himself. It started with a walk, as it so often does. One run scored on a double, another two scored on a single, and two more on a home run. Yuck. He made it through the fifth, but was done after that.
There were a handful of bright spots in this dreary game. Jesmuel Valentin had three hits, the team-high for the night, and that includes his first-ever major league home run. Jorge Alfaro hit a homer as well, and gunned down a runner at second. Hector Neris, continuing his garbage time appearances, pitched a dominant eighth inning that will definitely increase his confidence.
But on the whole, the Phillies’ offense was, once again, very feeble.
I don't think I've seen Scott Kingery lay off a two-strike pitch below the bottom of the zone in 17 years— The Good Phight (@TheGoodPhight) June 14, 2018
Sombrero for Kingery. 4 K in 4 PA, and all against left-handed pitchers, to boot. He does not, in fact, appear to be snapping out of it.— The Good Phight (@TheGoodPhight) June 14, 2018
Odubel Herrera and Scott Kingery have batted 3rd for the Phillies in all but one game this month and gone a combined 4-for-40 in that spot.— Corey Seidman (@CSeidmanNBCS) June 14, 2018
The Phillies were only able to eke out two runs on seven hits, and both came on solo home runs. That’s just not going to win games, kids.