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.