Another Ugly One

2021, the season of issues has another ugly one, 10-8. The Phillies closed out the three-game series with the Toronto/Buffalo/Dunedin Blue Jays with an ugly 10-8 loss.

In-Game Action

With another less than stellar Chase Anderson outing in which he lasted a grand total of four outs but not without getting lit up.
8 hits, 1 walk, and 7 earned runs later, it was 8-0. Marcus Semien posted a 3 hit 3 RBI game with a homer. That was followed by another blast, this one courtesy of Bo Bichette who added another RBI later. Randal Grichuk picked up a two-run double as part of a five-run second inning. There has been a long list of players we refer to as a “Phillie killer.” The newest member of that club is Vladimir Guerrero Jr. who hit a homer for the third game in a row.

Side stories were abundant in this contest with injury being among the top subject. JT Realmuto (wrist) Bryce Harper (shoulder) and Andrew Knapp (late scratch) all nursing injuries of some sort.

Harper brings us to another chapter. Seen talking with Manager Joe Girardi, Harper apparently talked his way into the game when Scott Kingery, who struck out three times, ran into the outfield wall and complained he was “dizzy.” Harper came up to bat in the eighth inning and promptly popped up on a bunt attempt with two runners on base. Harper was taking full swings in his next at-bat in the ninth inning but, again with two aboard, Pitcher Jeremy Beasley got Harper to strike out of an eight-pitch at-bat.

Rookie, Nick Maton may be finding his stride hitting not one but two homers and knocking in four runs when he added a two-run single in the eighth. Andrew McCutcheon also went yard. Maton’s first homer was yet another back story as it ended the Phillies’ 15 inning scoreless streak going back to Friday.

Conversation or Confrontation

The big news is a conversation or confrontation. Jean Segura, who made two errors with the worst being a misplayed soft liner that dropped in front of him, and by all indications Joe Girardi was less than happy and shades of Billy Martin and Reggie Jackson unfolded. I know, if I remember that, I am old! Coach Dusty Wathan intervened and restrained Segura. Girardi was not happy in the post-game presser when the reporters continued to inquire about what transpired. Clearly agitated, Girardi refused to comment on the issue.

With the poor outings from Anderson, is it time for Spencer Howard? Howard has impressed in Lehigh Valley and the time may be now. After this game, the Phillies can not afford another ugly one.

Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.