The Philadelphia Phillies open up a weekend series with the Minnesota Twins looking for a series. It would be the fourth in a row. It is also alumni weekend at Citizens Bank Park. Unfortunately, the Phillies can only win a single game against the Minnesota Twins.
Phillies Bludgen Keuchel
In this massacre, the Phillies sent 11 batters to the plate in the second inning. They scored six runs in this inning and knocked Keuchel from the game. They sent eight to the plate in the fourth when they scored three. Bryson Stott and J.T. Realmuto hit back-to-back homers in the sixth.
The music did not stop there. It was the third time the Phillies hit back-to-back homers this season, but the second time since Tuesday. Phillies rookie Johan Rojas blasted the first homer of his big league career. It was against the Twins outfielder Jordan Luplow, who pitched the eighth when the Twins started to waive the white flag. Luplow attempted his best Craig Kimbrel impression, coming set with his right arm hanging before he threw Rojas a 1-0 pitch for a strike. Rojas made sure he paid for his mistake of mocking his teammate.
Not to get lost in the craziness, Cristopher Sánchez only allowed two runs in six innings. He is 1-3 with a 3.17 ERA in his last 10 starts.
The Twins Pay the Phillies Back
Game 2 of this series was completely the opposite of game 1. Tiajuan Walker has not been the same over the last few starts. Quality strikes and keeping balls in the strike zone. Walker allowed three earned runs, six walks, and home runs in five innings pitched. The bullpen was not much better. Except for Stram and Hoffman, the bullpen was weak. Soto and Marte allowed a total of six hits, five earned runs, and two home runs in just two innings.
The bats were not much better. The Phillies had difficulty stringing hits together and getting anything going. The only scoring was when Castro grounded out, scored Trea Turner, and kept the Phillies from shut out. The only bright sides at the plate tonight were Nick Castellanos going 2-4 and Trea Turner going three for three. Turner seems to be continuing his trend. Maybe another influx of positivity will get the team going again. The Phillies lost 8-1 to the Minnesota Twins.
Series Finale Fail
The Phillies start the third game not too different than how they left the night before. The bats are quiet through the first six innings. A few singles but nothing in concession. In the seventh, the Phillies loaded the bases. Kyle Schwarber pops up in the infield, making it two outs Alec Bohm works the count full. What should have been called ball four is labeled as strike three. Alec Bohm throws his helmet and bat in disgust, getting tossed from the game. The next inning would see a similar situation with Bryce Harper at the plate. He would also be called out on a suspect pitch. That would be the tone for the rest of the game. The 40,000-plus showed their disdain for today’s home plate ump, Alex MacKay.
The bats stayed rather lukewarm the entire game. They were able to see some action but ultimately came up short or robbed of any scoring opportunities leaving eight on base. Rob Thompson discussed this post-game. He also discusses the implications of the bad call on Alec Bohm in the 7th inning.
Ranger Suarez had a good outing. He allowed six hits, two earned runs, and one homerun over six and one-third innings pitched. Seranthoy Dominguez finished the other 2/3 keeping the game at 2-0. Kimbrel shut down the 8th inning. Covey gave up the third and last RBI of the game. Phillies drop the series and prepare for a two-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Saluting the Greats on Alumni Weekend
It was good to see the 1983 and 1993 Phillies being honored this weekend. Both teams showed their love for this city and the time they spent here. Ricky Jordan talks about his homerun at his first at-bat in the majors and compares it to Westin Wilson’s hit against the Nationals. Also, Tommy Greene and Michael Lorenzen had a moment as a pair of Phillies pitchers who threw no-hitters.
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