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.
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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.