Remember that winning streak?
Boy, it’s nights like this that make that streak feel so long ago. The bats went silent, the pitching brought gasoline to a bonfire and it was ugly, just ugly.
The game started off with an ominous tone as starter Zach Eflin begin by giving up a leadoff single to Tommy Edman, allowed him to steal second and let him score when Paul Goldschmidt knocked him with a one out single, notching the first run of the game. The Phillies would tie it up in the bottom half of the frame, when Bryce Harper went upper tank, but that was the end of the Phillies’ offense for the night. Unfortunately, Eflin was not finished.
In the second, another single and another stolen base led to another run for the Cardinals. Old friend Brad Miller hit a solo home run in the third and the game began to take on that “death by a thousand cuts” feeling. Miller deposited another missed pitch by Eflin into the seats in the fifth and the Cardinals bid farewell to Eflin in the sixth when he walked Harrison Bader. Adam Morgan was summoned to the mound and he fared no better, serving up a three-run home run to Edman, making the score 7-1.
In the seventh, Miller walked to lead off the inning, stole second on new pitcher Nick Pivetta, then scored on a Bader knock, upping the total for the Cardinals to eight. They would get their ninth and final run of the night when Paul DeJong hit a solo shot, making the score a 9-1 final.
A recurring theme yet again: Zach Eflin struggled. With the team looking to make upgrades soon, his spot on the rotation looks to be the most tenuous right now.
The team has been offered a trade:
San Diego trades: Jurickson Profar (.325/.407/.548 with 6 HR and 19 RBI thus far)
Philadelphia trades: Jay Bruce, Alec Bohm
The trade was quickly and swiftly rejected.
Didi Gregorius has been informing the general manager of his desire to bang out an extension. What kind of terms would you offer him? His beginning asking price is currently 6 years/$118.2M ($19.7M AAV). Discuss your counterproposal below.