Lack of Hitting, Poor Defense Dooms Phillies

A lack of hitting and poor defense dooms listless Phillies, 7-2. Matt Moore (6 innings, 6 hits, 6 runs, 3 walks, and 4 strikeouts) threw a Joe Girardi complete game but was victimized by a terrible fielding play and two home runs.

The Side Show

Yakkety Sax (theme from the Benny Hill Show) could accompany the film of the Freddie Freeman flare that Odubel Herrera had fallen in front of him, he then bobbled the ball, nonchalantly lobbed it to Jean Segura who threw it to Andrew Knapp who also bobbled the play at that plate to allow the speedy Ozzie Albies to score. Oddly, no error was charged on anyone. Joe Girardi pinned the blame on Herrera who clearly threw to the wrong man.

“If you come out and throw it to Torreyes, everything stops,” Girardi explained. “When you throw it to the base like [Herrera] does, you take the risk of it getting by Segura, short-hopping Segura, there’s a lot of risk involved for that guy scoring.”

Moore came up to bat in the bottom of the fifth down six runs with a runner on base. Needless to say, the runner was stranded.
Since the All-Star break, the Phils have gone 12 for 62 with runners in scoring position. Dansby Swanson, owner of 1 for his last 18, broke out in a big way with a Grand Slam to push it to a 5-0 game. Orlando Arica made it 6-0with a solo shot.

Philadelphia came out of the offensive slumber with an RBI double from Herrera and Jean Segura with an RBI single. After all of that, the Brave’s 7th run was forced in when Austin Riley drew a bases full walk.

Lack of Hitting, Poor Defense

More on the ineptness of the Phillies. Andrew Knapp failed to get down a bunt and the result was Herrera… him again? Getting punched out at third base. The Phillies wore throwback uniforms that had Chico’s Bail Bonds on them… yeah, it was that bad. The good news is Home Run Hector didn’t make an appearance. A lack of hitting and poor defense dooms listless Phillies. Something needs to change.

Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.