After playing their most complete game of the Joe Girardi era, The 13-17 Philadelphia Phillies drop game 2 with a 5-4 decision to the 14-17 Seattle Mariners on Tuesday evening.
This one was the opposite of the 9-0 victory of the previous night. Defense, Pitching, and a lack of timely hitting usually spell doom. Throw in a no-reviewable questionable call and you have a recipe for a loss. Aaron Nola has started to unnerve fans and fell to 1-4 with 5 1/3 9 hits, 4 runs with a walk outing…Nola did fan 6 though.
Let’s Get to It, Shall We?
Seattle got on the board in the very first inning when an ominous play signaled what this contest would be. Eugenio Suarez punched a soft liner to second that fell for hit scoring Adam Frazier for the early 1-0 advantage. Julio Rodriguez planted another infield hit scoring Ty France to double the lead.
The Mariners kept their foot on the gas with Adam Frazier smoking a ball that Jean Segura made a highlight fielding play on. The Segura throw appeared to beat Frazier who made contact with the first sacker, Rhys Hoskins that dislodged the ball. Phillies manager, Joe Girardi came steaming out of the dugout to show his disagreement. He was informed the play that allowed Luis Torrens to score was deemed non-reviewable. Insensed, Giradi was ejected, Hoskins charged with an error and the Mariners pulled ahead, 3-0.
Back to the Action
The Mariners trophy off-season sign, Robby Ray was in a zone and didn’t allow a Phillies hit thru four stanzas. That ended with Nick Castellanos smashing his 5th homer of the season, a 372′ shot to get it to a 3-1 affair. Segura signaled the end for Ray when he walked, took second on a fly, and scored when Ray uncorked a pair of wild pitches. Bryce Harper got the only other hit-off Ray. Ray fanned 10 Phillies in his five innings.
“I definitely felt like everything was clicking tonight,” Ray said. “The fastball was really good. The slider was as good as it’s ever been. It felt like my timing, everything, was right where it needed to be.”
The Phillies’ chances seemed to improve railing by just a run, 3-2. That was upset when Jarred Kelenic was awarded home when Ty France was plunked with a pitch to stretch it to a 4-2 game. The lead was increased with a SAC Fly from, JP Crawford that chased Torrens home. Hoskins blasted a 348-foot shot and Jean Segura, slamming his third homer in three games closed the book on the 5-4 Mariners win.
Inside the Contest:
Defense plagued Philly with Aaron Nola, Alec Bohm, and Rhys Hoskins (2) all committing errors. The upside? Castellanos continues to be a vital offensive weapon with his home run which, of course, is related to an RBI and a run scored. Jean Segura also had an RBI and a run scored due to his long ball. Hoskins went yard for the second night in a row. Lack of timely hitting? Bryce Harper doubled then stole third but, JT Realmuto hit a weak two-out grounder all to kill the threat. The Phillies drop game 2 of this three-game series.
Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.
Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.
A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.