Some games are better left not mentioned as the Phillies dropped a 5-3 loss to the Gabe Kapler Giants. Vince Velasquez was far from on his game. He allowed 3 runs 4 walks and 4 hits with 2 strikeouts in just 4 innings. Bailey Falter was scheduled to follow Spencer Howard on Sunday but that won’t likely happen as Falter spelled Velasquez and went 3 innings giving up a pair of hits and 1 earned run striking out five. Lack of hustle, poor defense, and Velasquez spelled doom for the Phillies.
The Break Down
Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto had been 0 for 13 with five strikeouts. He came to the plate with two on and two out…easy out, right?
Not on this night… Velasquez not only walked Cueto that started the Theater of the Bizarre… a wild pitch and a passed ball by Andrew Knapp opened the Pandora’s Box of issues.
“Walking Cueto, that’s just unnecessary,” Velasquez said. “Cueto’s not going to get on by bunting or hitting, so in a sense, I have to get that guy out. It’s just a mandatory out. It seemed like I was all over the place today.”
Odubel Herrera misplayed a ball, Rhys Hoskins followed suit, and Bryce Harper flat out did not hustle on three balls, assuming a liner to short would be caught, which didn’t result in a double play. An apparent foul ball blew back fair and Harper settled for a single and finally, a shot that crashed high off the wall, Harper admired it and was thrown out at second. On the fair/foul ball, Harper had this to say.
“I’ve never seen that before, actually,” Harper said. “Man, it was in the stands. I was watching, watching, and I was like, ‘Oh man, that ball’s coming back.’ Got caught right there and need to be on second base, of course. I need to be better.”
Late Game Action
Ya think Bryce? Odubel Herrera kicked things off taking a Cueto pitch (6 innings, 6 hits, 3 earned runs, and five strikeouts) to center field for a lead-off homer. Jason Vosler got it knotted up with an RBI single. LaMonte Wade Jr. the leadoff batter, started his game (2 for 4 with a pair of runs knocked in) registered a double giving San Fran a 2-1 lead.
Vosler scored on the Velasquez wild pitch but Andrew McCutchen quickly tied it back up with a two-run jack. Wade Jr. slammed an RBI triple for the difference maker. Phillie killer, Brandon Belt went yard to supply the 5-3 final. If nothing else, with Kapler and Girardi, this figures to be a bizarro world series. More likely, whoever has any pitchers left will be declared the winner. Some games are better left not mentioned.