Bullpen fails as Phillies fall, 5-3 to the Devil Rays. Zack Wheeler, once again, brought his “A” game and went seven innings allowing only 4 hits with 3 runs, 2 walks. The big number is 14 which is how many strikeouts he had. That works as his career-high.
Conversely, team Philadelphia went back to an old habit with five Devil Rays pitchers combining to whiff the Phils 12 times. The injury bug continues to bite Philadelphia and in a terrible sequence, Roman Quinn blew out his Achilles rounding third on Ronald Torreyes’ 2 run double.
Showing real grit and toughness. Quinn hopped to the plate to score before collapsing and howling in pain. Quinn would be carried off the field in horrible pain. Wheeler did more than his part but, another trouble spot occurred in the 8th inning when the bullpen failed.
Matt Joyce crushed a game-tying home run in 7th but Sam Coonrod, Jose Alvarado, and Archie. Bradley all pitched the 8th and each only registered one out. Coonrod was charged with the difference-making two runs that brought the 5-3 final. For the Rays, Austin Meadows posted a 2 for 3 game with a walk and three runs batted in. Bullpen fails as Phillies fall.