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.
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.