Defensive Miscues Dooms Phillies

Defensive miscues or perfect placement dooms the Phillies, 5-4 in Atlanta. By the time the cleanup hitter for the Atlanta Braves came to the plate in the first inning, it was already 3-0. Zach Eflin started slow but gave the Phils bullpen what they needed, a break. Eflin righted his ship and pitched six innings, allowing 4 earned runs handing a 4-4 game to the pen.

Jose Alvarado was in a first and third situation with the dangerous Freddie Freeman coming to the plate. The at-bat quickly turned into the theater of the bizarre. Freeman hit a soft ground ball that Alvarado snagged and looked to begin a twin killing. But, Didi Gregorious came in to field it which left second base uncovered. Alvarado turned but, no one there. So, he wheeled and fired home, but not in time.

The Phils offense suddenly is becoming problematic. Lack of timely hitting has reared its ugly head. Andrew McCutcheon and Bryce Harper went yard and Gregorius added two RBI’s. Defensive miscues or perfect placement dooms the Phillies. The same two go at Sunday Night in the ESPN feature game. For more Phillies coverage click here.

Kevin Neibauer
Kevin Neibauer

Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.

Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.

A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.