Phillies end a rough month of May by losing to the Reds 11-1
The Cincinnati Reds are a team that lost 13 of 14 games coming into today’s Memorial Day matinee against the Phillies. Today, they beat the Phillies 11-1 to end a brutal month of May for Philadelphia baseball.
Vincent Velasquez was on the mound for the Phillies and couldn’t locate anything. Velasquez was tagged for six runs in three innings and the Phillies offense finished the game 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position. The Phillies lost for the third straight day and fell to 2-5 on their current nine game road streak, and 10-19 on the road this season.
The Phillies have lost 9-of-12 games and are now four games under .500 at 25-29, a season high under the Mason Dixon line. On May 7th, the Phillies were in first place by a game and on a five game winning streak. Since then, they are 7-14 and have fallen 4.5 games out of first place.
The Phillies are in jeopardy of being dead two months into the 2021 MLB season while carrying the fifth highest payroll in the league. Bryce Harper, JT Realmuto, and Didi Gregorius have all missed significant time. Realmuto has recently returned. Harper and Gregorius should be back on the next homestand, which starts Friday.
Before today, Velasquez has been great as the fourth man in the rotation. He had allowed just three runs in 23 innings as a starter for the Phillies, which included a six inning shutout against Miami earlier this road trip. Today, he just didn’t have it and now we all hope that Vinny can bounce back in his next start and avoid falling back into the Vinny of old.
At the plate, the Phillies only run came in the third inning after Jean Segura doubled and moved to third on a fly ball from Rhys Hoskins. Segura scored on a fielders choice from Realmuto. The Phillies had eight total hits on the day, three of them coming from Odubel Herrera.
The Phillies have been incredibly tough to watch. Hopefully, this recent stretch is rock bottom and once they get Harper and Gregorius back, things will take a turn for the better.
Aaron Nola will be on the mound tomorrow, attempting to stop the bleeding. Nola goes up against Sonny Gray in Game 2 Tuesday at 7:10 p.m.