Zack Wheeler and Connor Brogdon struggle in 10-7 loss to the Giants on Tuesday night
The Giants hit five home runs, including a pair of three-run shots in the eighth inning to comeback and beat the Phillies 10-7 on Tuesday night. In the first game of the series, they shut out the Phillies 2-0. The Phillies are now 8-9 and have let two games slip away to their former manager Gabe Kapler.
Last night, the Phillies jumped out to an early 4-0 lead thanks to a Maton triple to score Moniak and a Bamboo Brad three-run home run to score Harper and Realmuto.
Zack Wheeler was on the mound and ran into some trouble in the fifth inning, allowing a solo shot to Buster Posey and a two-run home run to Tommy La Stella. Wheeler gave up four runs on three homers in the fifth and sixth innings and the Giants fought their way back to make it a 6-4 game. The Phillies would bounce right back in the bottom frame after Alec Bohm absolutely destroyed a baseball to right field for a two-run home run. Just listen to the sound of the bat. It was a thing of beauty.
Sam Coonrod got the final out in the sixth and three more in the seventh inning. Connor Brogdon entered the game with a two run lead and everything fell apart for the young rookie Reliever. After starting the season with 6 2/3 scoreless innings, a 15 1/3 scoreless streak dating back to September 2020, Brogdon let up two three-run homers in the eighth. It was frustrating to watch Brogdon essentially be left for dead on the mound but I can’t blame Girardi, who’s shorthanded in the bullpen already and Brogdon has been dominant all season long.
The Phillies would get a solo shot from Rhys Hoskins in the bottom of the 9th inning with two outs, but it wasn’t enough to start a rally and the final score would stand at 10-7 Giants. After Monday night’s 2-0 loss where the Phillies only managed one extra base hit on seven total hits in the game, the Phillies did show some pop last night at the plate. Wheeler and Brogdon didn’t have their A-game and Girardi made some questionable managerial moves which let this one slip away.
The Phillies have a quick turnaround today with the final game against the Giants at 1:05pm. Zach Eflin will look to salvage yet another series for the Phillies and get his team back to .500 before traveling to Colorado on Friday to take on the Rockies in a weekend series.