Do we have another September collapse presenting itself? The Phillies went to Miami to take on their nemesis, the Marlins, and went back to old habits in a demoralizing 10-3 defeat.
The good news is the team, despite the loss, did not lose any ground as Atlanta, Cincinnati and San Diego all lost. The downside? One less game and one less day to get things done.
To The Game
Freddy Galvis picked up his first career game opening home run and things looked bright. Save that thought!
Jesus Sanchez crushed a Kyle Gibson, (5 1/3 innings with 8 hits, 8 earned runs, a pair of walks and 4 strike-outs.), pitch or a three-run homer making it a 3-1 game. Matt Vierling stole the spotlight with an RBI triple that scored Andrew McCutchen.
Vierling found himself and third base with no outs but, the good vibes quickly dissipated when the Phils couldn’t get him home.
Vierling would tie it up in the sixth with a double, but, one had the sense of impending doom with Gibson not having his best stuff.
The Sixth, Not the Sixth
As heard in a children’s nursery rhyme. “The Sky is Falling” and did it ever!
Jazz Chisholm started things off with a lead-off triple that never should have happened. As a lead-off batter, the golden rule is “never make the first out at third base.” An ill-advised dash to third that challenged the cannon of Bryce Harper, Chisholm should have been out but, Galvis couldn’t handle the throw.
Miguel Rojas followed with an RBI single, Jesus Aguilar bounced one to Galvis who attempted to make it a double play. One problem, Galvis threw wildly and got no one. So, with runners at second and third so, an intentional walk was in order with Jesus Sanchez being the recipient.
The strategy appeared to work when Lewis Brinson struck out. But, Jorge Alfaro singled and Gibson was yanked.
In came JD Hammer who has been productive in the middle innings but not on this night.
Joe Panik burned another single, A walk to Bryan De La Cruz, a wild pitch, Isan Diaz lined out with before another walk, this one to Chisholm and a single from Rojas signalled the end for Hammer.
The line on Hammer? 1/3 of an inning with 2 hits, 2 runs, and 2 walks.
Ramon Rosso would go1 1/3 innings with Cam Bedrosian (son of Bedrock) finishing the night.
The loss ended the six-game winning streak for Philadelphia and fans are left to wonder. Another September collapse?
So much for good feelings.