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.