The Spencer Howard drama continues in a 3-1 loss to the Dodgers. Howard started off great and even threw in a double which may have led to his velocity drop.
Philly squandered a great opportunity in the opening inning when loaded the bases but only cashed in a Bryce Harper (2 for 4 RBI single). Howard only allowed two hits in his 4 innings but both left the yard. Will Smith cranked a two-run blast and Chris Taylor a solo shot to provide the offense for this one.
Even now and then an umpire clearly struggles, as a former umpire myself, no one knows more than the umpire when he is not on his game. The more you focus, the worse it gets and such was the case with home plate ump, Mike Estabrook. Estabrook clearly missed no fewer than six obvious pitches that he called strikes.
The umpire wasn’t the only one who struggled as Team Philadelphia left the game with an eye-opening, 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position. Connor Brogdon went one inning striking out two. Prior to the game the Phils sent Enyel DeLos Santos to Lehigh Valley and activated lefty, Bailey Falter who looked good with three innings allowing 1 hit and adding a strikeout.
The short-term plan is for a Howard-Falter combination until Howard solves his velocity issue. The streaky Rhys Hoskins, who had been red hot has now gone 0 for his last 30 appearances. The Spencer Howard drama continues.