Psst Joe, this guy Vince, we need to talk. Vince Velasquez is working his way out of the big leagues. Yet another dismal performance from Vince Velasquez leads a 7-0 thrashing at the hands of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
One of the bottom dwellers in the National League, the 39-64 Pirates beat up on Velasques. He only could squeeze 2 innings with a horrible, 6 hits, 5 runs a walk, and a strikeout. For most pitchers, that is a seven-inning performance, not Vinny. To compound matters, the Phillies offense was huge, well, one hit can be huge.
In a game that resembled a root canal, Bryan Reynolds basically won the game with a run-scoring triple. The Bucs were just getting started and Gregory Polanco made it 2-0 with an RBI single. Rodolfo Castro lofted a fly ball that Bryce Harper signaled a fair catch on with the ball dropping behind Harper for a run-scoring ground-rule double putting it to 3-0. The deluge continued with KeBraon Hayes hitting another run-scoring double, Polanco with his second RBI, and Kevin Newman with a two-run double to bring it to the 7-0 score.
This could be the final start for Vinny V as the Phils acquired, Kyle Gibson and closer, Ian Kennedy from Texas for…hold your breath, Spencer “Two Inning” Howard. From “The More To The Story Category.” Freddie Galvis was brought in from Baltimore. Is Rhys Hoskins going on the DL with Alec Bohm transitioning to first and Galvis taking over third? Time will tell. This guy Vince is playing his way out of the job.