Stop me if you heard this, but the Phillies lose again, 6-2. The Philadelphia Phillies woes continue as they drop a 6-2 decision in Florida against the white-hot Tampa Bay Devil Rays, 6-2.
The upside was JT Realmuto making an appearance and stroking a Sac Fly. Brad Miller (2 for 4) knocked in the other run with a ground-rule double. The “new normal” for Philadelphia is a starter going four innings. Zach Eflin went 4 2/3 giving up 6 hits, 4 runs with a walk, and 5 strikeouts.
The analytic end of baseball strategy may be the death knell for this team. The quick hooks are taking a toll on the less-than-stellar bullpen. Mike Zunino launched a two-run homer and Brett Phillips celebrated his 27th birthday with a solo shot. Alec Bohm … big surprise… misplayed a foul pop from Austin Matthews who would go on to walk and scored on the two-shot from Zunino that made it a 3-0 game.
Ji Man Choi nailed an RBI double pushing it 4-0. Realmuto cut it 4-1 with his fly ball followed by Miller’s run-scoring double halved the advantage to 4-2. Joey Wendle lined a double to right field which scored Randy Arozens with Austin Meadows scoring from first is due part to Brad Miller’s throwing error. Wendle wasn’t finished and knocked in the sixth and final run with an RBI single. Tampa Bay has now won 15 of their last 16 games… while the Phillies… well, they are the Phillies. Stop me if you heard this!