After securing a winning record the night before, the Phillies returned to their lifeless ways on Saturday night as they got one game closer to the end of another playoff-less season. They had almost twice as many strikeouts as hits, and scored just a single run. But at least they had the courtesy to lose quickly, completing the 3-1 loss to the Marlins in under three hours.
The Phillies went with another bullpen game, but the trio of pitchers they used pitched admirably. Hans Crouse started the game, and lasted four innings. Overall he did well, but he made one major mistake to Jazz Chisholm.
Christopher Sanchez and Kyle Dohy followed with scoreless outings. Maybe one of the three can factor into the team’s 2022 plans, but considering the team’s recent history, it’s tough to count on it.
Offensively, the Phillies spent most of the game striking out; 15 times to be exact. In the fourth inning, they actually managed to get more than one hit in an inning, and Matt Vierling’s single drove in the only run. Once that minor threat was extinguished, they went back to doing very little at the plate.
So yes, this game sucked, but at least it was over quickly. There’s one more game left in the season, and considering how they’ve looked for the past week, it’s tough to imagine it will go any better than this one did.