Phillies survive their bullpen, manager, and Brewers, 6-5. The Philadelphia Phillies used the long ball with Andrew McCutcheon slamming a pair and Brad Miller hitting a three-run shot to supply most of the offense.
Nola Shines Again
Aaron Nola continues to impress and went 6 innings allowing 5 hits, one earned run with a pair of free passes, and striking out 10.
Daniel Vogelbach singled home Kolton Wong to give Milwaukee the first inning 1-0 cushion. Andrew McCutchen led off the bottom of the inning with a homer to get things even just that quick. The Phils seemingly blew it open in the third that started with McCutcheon slamming his second of the game followed by Rhys Hoskins getting a single but was thrown out on his attempt to stretch it to a double.
After a Didi Gregorius RBI single, Brad Miller hammered a three-run shot to get it a 6-1 Phils advantage. Enter Joe Girardi and one of the biggest blunders in Philadelphia sports history. Girardi wanted to replace Nola with Enyel De Los Santos, who was brought up earlier in the day, Simple switch right? Hold that thought. De Los Santos was never put on the active roster that the umpires had. Fast forward to his replacement, David Hale.
“Every day, we submit the lineup, it goes to Major League Baseball,” Girardi said. “We made a roster change, and I just didn’t catch it. I mean, ultimately, it falls on me because I didn’t catch it.”
The Bullpen Woes
The line on Hale, single, hit by pitch, single… so much for Hale. JoJo Romero came in and promptly surrendered an RBI ground out by Lorenzo Cain and a two-run shot from Jackie Bradley Jr. and just like that, it was 6-5.
No further runs were scored but a lot of head-scratching was going on. Girardi is taking heat on Social media about his managing decisions. Factor in his removing Rhys Hoskins and putting his backup catcher, Andrew Knapp at first base. Phillies survive their bullpen, manager, and Brewers. For more Phillies coverage click here.