The Phillies are Back… Back Again

The Phillies are back but it wasn’t pretty losing 6-3 to the New York Yankees. Mother nature added a delay in tonight’s game. This wasn’t the start fans were looking for after an eight-day lull due to their NL East rivals, Miami Marlins.

The Marlins had about 15 players/staff members test positive for the coronavirus, halting Philly baseball after their visit to CBP. The Phillies have to restart their season again against Gerrit Cole and the red hot New York Yankees (7-1). Cole riding an amazing 18 regular game win streak since last year makes this a tough feat for our Phils come out cold.

The First 3 Innings

Gerrit Cole shines through the first 2 innings with 6 up and 6 down. Jay Bruce gets the red and white pinstripes on the board with a solo home run off of Cole in the third. Only his third allowed for the year and first for Bruce. On the other side of the plate, Jake Arrieta takes the mound for the first time in almost a year. Has his regular struggles in the 1st inning allowing a solo home run to the leadoff hitter, DJ LeMahieu. Arrieta settled down until the third. He allowed another solo shot to the opposite field. Brett Gardner’s hit gave the Yanks the 2-1 lead. The score jumps to 3-1 after Aaron Judge scores from second after a double from Aaron Hicks. New York finishes the first three with a 3-1 lead.

The Next Three Innings

Bryce Harper starts the top of the 4th with a single. Former Yankee, Didi Gregorious moves him to second base with a single of his own. Unfortunately, the inning is spoiled with a double play allowed by Jean Segura. Jake hands New York three Ks in a row to make it a quick bottom of the 4th. Jay Bruce draws a leadoff walk in the 5th, but that was the only offense for the Phillies in that inning. Jake Arrieta takes the Yankees down to keep the score 3-1in the 5th inning. That will be his final pitch for the game.

Phillies have quiet top of the 6th. Deolis Guerra takes over at the mound at the bottom of the 6th. The bullpen struggles continue. He allows 2 base runners than a three-run blast to center field by Gio Urshela pushing the Yankees lead to a 5 run cushion. (6-1 New York). Ad

The Final Three

Rain delay occurs at the top of the 7th. About 45 minutes later the game resumed. After resuming play, Adam Haseley cuts the Yankees lead to 4 with a single scoring Jean Segura. Hunter comes out of the bullpen for a 1-2-3 bottom of the seventh. Top of the 8th Jean Segura scores JT Realmuto from second off a bloop single to center field. 6-3 Yankees. Jose Alvarez keeps the deficit at 3 runs at the bottom of the 8th. It was all for nothing because the Yankees shut the Phillies down in the 9th putting them 1-3 on the season.

Arrieta had a decent outing after a shaky first inning. Only giving up 3 runs. Outside of Deolis Guerra the bullpen shut down the Yankees. Tomorrow’s game has been canceled due to the hurricane heading up the coast. That turns Wednesday into a doubleheader in the Bronx.

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Al Zaffiri
Al Zaffiri

Al is one of the two co-creators of Edge of Philly Sports. Al started radio and podcasting in 2012 and covering sports in 2015. A lifelong Philly sports fan since watching the Eagles, Phillies, Sixers, and Flyers with his grandfathers at age 7. Al always looks at the other side of the hot topics and gives his different outlook on those topics. Web and Graphic Design.