It was not Vince Velasquez’s night. He got two quick outs in the top of the first, but after he walked the next two batters and then allowed a three-run homer, it became clear that had been nothing but luck.
The Brewers scored two more runs in the second, but the wheels really came off the wagon in the fourth inning. It was an offensive onslaught, with the Brewers plating six runs on three singles, two doubles, and a Ryan Braun home run — his second of the game. By the time Braun hit that homer, Velasquez had already departed the game. But he was charged with ten runs on the night, a career high. And here are some “fun” facts!
Vince Velasquez allows 10 runs in 3 2/3 innings. Most runs allowed by a #Phillies starter since David Buchanan allowed 11 in 1 2/3 innings in Arizona on Aug. 11, 2015.— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) June 9, 2018
I remember that game. It sucked. It sucked a lot.
Vince Velasquez's ERA went from 3.82 to 4.95 tonight.— Joe Giglio (@JoeGiglioSports) June 9, 2018
It's really hard for an ERA to jump that much this deep into a season.
That second Braun home run was off of Mark Leiter Jr, and Victor Arano gave up an eighth inning home run to Christian Yelich, but pitched a scoreless ninth. Hector Neris pitched a clean inning in between. It says a lot about how much Gabe Kapler trusts him that we’re mostly seeing him in garbage time innings these days.
The Phillies feebly fought back, scoring four runs, which could have been enough on a night with a good start. Scott Kingery doubled and scored on a Carlos Santana sac fly in the fourth. In the seventh, Santana led off with a home run, and Nick Williams followed with a triple that was almost a home run. J.P. Crawford worked a seven-pitch walk, and both would eventually come around to score. But this did not happen.
An 11-run deficit is only an opportunity for one of the sport's greatest comebacks— The Good Phight (@TheGoodPhight) June 9, 2018
This game was terrible and I watched the whole thing. Let’s flip the mattress and pretend this never happened, and hope the Phillies can do better tomorrow.