Psst. Joe, yeah, Mr. Girardi, this “pitching by committee”, isn’t getting it done. With a staff that’s built for 4 starters, The Bullpen start has been added to our baseball language.
In what made the Thursday debacle look like a World Series game. The Rockies of Colorado humiliated the hometown Phillies with an 11-2 “embarrassment.”
“I’m not happy, I hate to lose” was all that Joe Girardi had to say post-game.
How Bad Has it Become?
Coming off the month of August where Philadelphia put up win streaks of eight and six games to put themselves right in a pennant hunt, the squad has now dropped four straight with a total of six runs in the four.
Sam Coonrod, went 1 inning with a strikeout. Most of the crowd were asking, “what the hell?’ after Girardi yanked him in favor of Bailey Falter(ed), who got lit up allowing 3 runs off a pair of hits in just 1/3 of an inning.
To the Action?
German Marques posted a quality start for the Rockies defined by a game-changing strikeout of Bryce Harper on a 3-2 count with two outs and two on to end the fifth inning.
Rockies Manager Bud Black on the Harper fifth inning strike-out. “The at-bat of the night!… That was the key moment for German, and for us, we felt it in the dugout!’
Marquez went 6 innings allowing 6 hits, a walk, and fanning a half dozen. Jordan Sheffield, Daniel Bard, and Ben Bowden each pitched an inning.
Cam Bedrosian, Ramon Russo, Matt Moore, Enyel De Los Santos (3 walks, 3 strike-outs in 1 1/3 innings but, surrendered a grand slam to Ellis Diaz that made it 11-0.
Didi Gregorius slammed a solo shot and Harper delivered an RBI single in the last of the ninth inning.
Philadelphia drops to 71-70 and Colorado, who came in with a 19-50 record on the road, move to 64-77. The worse news is Philadelphia is 4 1/2 games behind Atlanta and has a series looming against the Braves.
Same two teams face-off Saturday night. Joe Girardi may be asking for a few fans to volunteer to pitch a few innings.
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.