Same Ole Same Ole, Phils Lose, 12-4

Same Ole Same Ole, Phils Lose, 12-4
The 2021 Season and recaps. I could simply cut and paste the headline. The bullpen, defense, or lack of both, doom Philadelphia
So, let’s see, killer error… check terrible bullpen… check blown save…check questionable managerial move… check
I know right… blown save in a 12-4 game? It’s gotten to that with this team.
Philly was actually up in this one, 4-2 with one out in the bottom of the 7th.
A one-game series, a make-up game, against the Cincinnati Reds, was a stopover before a homestand for Philadelphia. If you are enjoying this article check out all the Phillies articles from the EOP website. Also, check out the Phillies coverage on this week’s Philly Press Box Radio Show.

Spencer Howard got his mandatory two innings and his caddy, Bailey Falter replaced him. Falter looked good in his four innings allowing just two hits, a walk, 6 strikeouts and 1 run.
Let’s set the stage for the implosion. Nicholas Castellanos (3 for 5, 2 runs scored and 7.. yes 7 RBI) started things with a two run single. 
Alec Bohm (2 for 3, 2 RBI) doubled in a run making it a 2-1 game. Ronald Torreyes plated Andrew McCutchen on a fielder’s choice, Bohm singled giving Philly a lead and Torreyes added another RBI.
The Phillies pitchers were dealing until the seventh and a questionable hook of Falter by Joe Girardi.

“It has been a while since he has been [at that high a pitch count] and we just thought physically he was done,” Girardi said. “I guess I could have [left Falter in], but then I probably would have had to let him face a couple more and I just wasn’t comfortable doing that.”

Out with Falter, in with Neftali Perez

Out with Falter, in with Neftali Perez. Perez had pitched well in Triple-A but had not thrown a major league pitch since August 13, 2017.
So, you ask, “How did the Girardi strategy work out?” You tell me..Perez walked Aristides Aquino on four pitches, struck out Jonathan India, then the issues… on a 2-2 pitch, Perez plunked Jesse Winker and with the bases juiced, Castellanos crushed a grand slam.
Enyel De Los Santos took his turn in the eighth and fielded a bunt but threw wildly to first. Castellanos added a double and suddenly it was a 12-4 game.
The line on De Los Santos, 2/3 inning, 4 hits, 2 earned runs (of the six he allowed) a walk, and a strikeout. A lot of activity for 2/3 of an inning.

Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.