The Phillies really could have used a win today.
The past few days have been rough for Phillies players and fans alike. On Sunday night, the Phillies became the punching bag of the baseball world after the infamous Alec Bohm call. The rainout on Monday meant that the blown call discourse lasted another twenty-four hours, and it’s going to end up forcing the Phillies to either give Vince Velasquez a start or play a bullpen game later this week. Then, the Phillies went on to lose both games of their doubleheader against the Mets on Tuesday. As if things weren’t bad enough, we learned today that Adam Haseley will be taking an indefinite leave of absence, and Archie Bradley will miss 3-4 weeks with an oblique strain.
As I said, the Phillies really needed a win tonight. But we got this garbage instead.
Things got off to a rough start as Zack Wheeler struggled to get through the first. He only allowed two runs, but it took him 29 pitches to get through the inning, and it looked like the we were well on the way to a ninth straight Phillies game without a quality start. Luckily, Wheeler turned things around after the first inning, and he ended up with a perfectly respectable line of 3 ER, 6 K, and 1 BB in 6.1 IP.
Unfortunately, as has been the case recently, the offense provided Wheeler with very little run support. The Phillies lineup made the Mets no. 5 starter David Peterson look like an ace tonight, as he recorded 10 strikeouts and no walks in six innings of work.
Jean Segura was the only Phillie with a good offensive performance. He recorded two of the Phillies three hits, including a solo homer which accounted for the team’s only run. His other hit came on a ground ball to Francisco Lindor, which he hustled into a single in a very important spot. It was particularly impressive considering that he seemed to have hurt his knee the inning prior. Unfortunately, Didi Gregorius grounded into a double play two pitches later and Jean’s efforts were squandered.
Jojo Romero gave up a two-run homer to James McCann in the eighth inning, which was disappointing, but by that point it didn’t feel like it mattered anyway. Around that point in the game, Ben Davis was more interested in discussing the color of Dom Smith’s bat (he claimed it was “mustard”) than the actual game on the field, so you could tell things were pretty much over. (Dom Smith’s bat was definitely orange, not “mustard,” right? Please tell me I’m not crazy.)
All in all, this was a pretty devastating game in the middle of a pretty devastating week. The Phillies managed to stay in the game just long enough to give us some hope, only to let it slip away in the end. They have now lost their second straight series, and they have fallen out of the top spot in the NL East for the first time this season.
What more is there to say?
The next game starts tomorrow at 12:10. I can’t wait to go through this all again just 13 hours from now.