You might not be feeling great about the Phillies after their loss to the Red Sox on Tuesday. I understand that. But I also understand that wallowing in misery isn’t going to do anyone any good. Instead, it’s time to turn those frowns upside down and look for positives from the game.
Sure, Tuesday’s game might have been their worst offensive performance of the season, but I’m not going to talk about that. I could mention how they only recorded two hits and one walk all game, but we don’t need that kind of negativity in our lives.
I could even discuss how Odubel Herrera somehow managed to strikeout on a pitch that hit him, but...you know what, I think that does need to be discussed. He struck out on a pitch that was so very much not a strike that you wonder just what kind of thought process would cause him to swing at it. It was perhaps the Odubelest thing ever.
Okay, back to the positives. So there will be no talking about how Rick Porcello breezed through the Phillies lineup, and if not for a Rhys Hoskins solo homer, they wouldn’t have come close to scoring a run. Let’s talk about that Hoskins home run instead. It was a nice piece of hitting:
Rhys ties the game. because he is a god. pic.twitter.com/Fk0DU8LXxd— chris jones¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (@LONG_DRIVE) August 15, 2018
Let’s talk about Nick Pivetta. Matched against perhaps the best lineup in baseball, he had one of his best starts of the season. He was locating his fastball, and his breaking balls looked nasty. It’s nights like this that make you think he’s got real potential. The only blemish on his night was a solo home run by Sandy Leon.
I’m glad we talked about Pivetta instead of Tommy Hunter. I was actually starting to think Hunter wasn’t that bad, and maybe the Phillies could depend on him in close games. On Tuesday, Hunter entered a tie game (that’s as close a game as you can get) and gave up the go-ahead home run to pinch hitter Brock Holt.
Let’s talk about Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel, and wonder why Phillies fans weren’t mocking him like they used to. Remember this?
Even though there was no mockery on Tuesday, Kimbrel came very close to blowing this game. He allowed the potential tying run to reach second base, and then Asdrubal Cabrera almost reached base on a strikeout-wild pitch. Sure, Cabrera was eventually thrown out at first place, but he gets an A for effort.
In a way, Tuesday’s game could almost be seen as a victory for the Phillies. In a different, more factually accurate way, the game was not a victory, but save that kind of negativity for tomorrow when somebody else recaps the game. Go Phillies!