A whole lot went wrong for the Phillies on Tuesday night. Here were the lowlights:
- Vince Velasquez pitched inefficiently and had to exit the game in the fourth inning.
- The defense let the team down (again) when a pop up dropped in behind the infield.
- They weren’t able to review a play at first base because too much time had elapsed.
- The offense was held to one hit after the second inning.
The result was a 3-1 loss to the Tigers that was as unexciting as any game the Phillies have played this season.
The Phillies actually held a lead after the first inning, when they scored a run thanks to an error by Tigers’ second baseman Ronny Rodriguez. But they spent the rest of the night largely swinging and missing at the pitches offered up by Tigers starter Spencer Turnbull and three relievers.
The Phillies’ defense returned the favor in the second when Cesar Hernandez and Bryce Harper allowed a pop up to drop in for a double. (Harper would later drop another ball in the outfield.) That run would come around to score on an RBI single by Miguel Cabrera. J.T. Realmuto threw behind Cabrera at first, and it looked like he might have gotten him, but the too much time passed before the Phillies requested a review. Naturally, Niko Goodrum followed with a home run.
The Phillies’ bullpen actually pitched well after Velasquez’s early exit, keeping the team within striking distance. But the Phillies’ offense never struck. They showed little patience at the plate, and after Cesar Hernandez’s double in the second, they didn’t have another hit until Realmuto’s single in the ninth (which was wasted because the next three batters struck out). It was so bad that even Maikel Franco - who had been drawing praise for not striking out - struck out three times.
Hopefully, this was just a one-night aberration, and the Phillies will show more life on Wednesday. Because I don’t think I can take watching many more games like this one.