San Diego, well, Manny Machado crushes Phillies, 11-1. Meatloaf once sang, Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad… that is the best that can be said about the performance at Citizen’s Bank Park against the Padres. The upside is the local boys s took two of the three games in the series. Philly finally had its projected starting lineup back in place. Unfortunately, Andrew McCutchen went down with a shoulder issue in the ninth. The teams combined to utilize a total of ten, yes, 10 pitchers.
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Machado took Vince Velasquez deep making it a quick 2-0 deficit. Machado (2 for 2, 3 walks, 3 runs scored, and five RBI) enjoyed it so much he cracked a 3 run shot that moved to 5-0. Velasquez didn’t pitch bad. Just made mistakes to the wrong guy and achieved a Joe Girardi complete game with his six-inning, 5 runs off 9 hits with three walks 4 strikeouts. The downfall was walking back-to-back batters in front of Machado in the fifth inning.
“You don’t want to walk people in front of Machado,” Girardi said. “Vinny after that settled down pretty nicely. He made some mistakes with this fastball and Machado hit him today. Machado seemed to be locked in the whole series against us.”
JT Realmuto (2 for 4, a run scored, and an RBI) celebrated being named to the All-Star team. He connected on an opposite-field homer cutting it to a 5-1 affair. Enyel DeLos Santos went two innings surrendering two hits, and a walk while striking out 3. But, the good vibes disappeared when the Phillies version of Ricky Vaughn “Wild Thing” Hector Neris came in for the ninth inning and the Padre party was in full swing. Manny Machado crushes Phillies in the third game.
Eric Hosmer (2 for 5, 1 run scored, 3 RBI) cranked a three-run double and Webster Davis (1 for 5, 1 run scored, and 3 RBI) added another three runs on his homer. Not a bad 2/3 of an inning. The line on Neris, 4 hits, 6 earned runs, 2 walks but, he did strike out a pair. How bad has the bullpen become? Girardi used backup Andrew Knapp to record the final out.
At the official halfway mark of the season Philadelphia sits at 39-42 but, due to the weak division, are still very much in the hunt.
San Diego used six pitchers allowing only five hits. The issue with Neris seems to have no clear answer. He has no trade value with his big contract and wildness. Ownership really doesn’t want to send him to the minors because they would still be on the financial hook due to his good-sized contract. A road trip just may be what the doctor ordered and the next seven games are in Chicago and Boston followed by the All-Star break.