Bryce and Didi are the victims of the back to back hit by pitches. Phils win, 5-3. It wasn’t the usual suspects carrying the offense in this one.
Unheralded Brad Miller went 1 for 3 with a walk and two RBIs to pace a 5-3 Phillies win. Didi Gregorius posted a 1 for 2 night with an RBI and got plunked. More on that in a bit. Andrew McCutcheon and Andrew Knapp also knocked in a run.
Vinny V, Vince Velasquez, started and was less than stellar going 4 1/3 innings allowing 5 hits, 3 earned runs, a pair of walks, and whiffing 5.
The story in this one was Genesis Cabrera and three batter rule that even Mike Schildt, Cardinals manager, was critical of.
“That’s a failure of the three-batter minimum,” Shildt said. “It absolutely is that. Completely, absolutely, no doubt. But that’s an outlier of it.”
Joe Girardi in a rare show of anger was ejected but not before he threw the umpire out!
“If a guy hits a guy in the face and a guy in the ribs with two pitches, he’s got to go, right?” Girardi told reporters after the game. “If you’re really protecting the players, obviously, he doesn’t have command. He’s got to go.”
On Cabrera’s first pitch, Harper was hit in the face with a 97 mph pitch that bloodied the Phillie who left the field of his own accord. The very next pitch that hit Didi Gregorious was a 94 mph pitch that contacted the ribs of Gregorius who stayed in the game. Harper reported that there was no damage and showed the residuals of a bloody nose. As to the availability for Harper for Thursday’s game, there was no comment or report. The story of the game was back to back hit by pitch. For more Phillies coverage click here.