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.