Phillies drop game one against the Pirates, lose 7-0 in embarrassing fashion
The Phillies dropped game one of a three game series in Pittsburgh on Friday night by a final score of 7-0. You couldn’t have asked a worse start to your post-deadline games, losing in embarrassing fashion to the 39-64 Pirates in a blunder of a baseball game.
When the tweet above is the one singular tweet on the whole night for the Phillies twitter, you know it wasn’t a good game. Vince Velasquez had nothing going tonight. In just two innings, he let up 6 hits, 5 earned runs, and only stuck out one batter. Will Crowe got the win for the Pirates, going 6 innings while allowing just one hit, and striking out four batters.
Bryan Reynolds ripped a triple into the right/center gap in the top of the first, and it seemed like the Phils lost all momentum from that point on. Defensive mishaps, lackluster at bats, and no momentum were the key factors throughout this game, with even the biggest named Phillies struggling to just make routine plays.
With the trade deadline concluding yesterday at 4:00 PM, the Phillies did indeed buy to improve their roster. Was last night the end of the Vince Velasquez starter era? We shall see, but with the new addition of Kyle Gibson, that possibility is definitely not out of the picture. The Phillies also acquired former SS Freddy Galvis from the Orioles, who could be seeing some extra time all around the field in upcoming games.
The team now sits at 51-52, just one game under .500, with two games to play up in Pittsburgh. With Aaron Nola on the mound tonight at 7:05, the Phillies need another dominant start from Nola (7-6, 4.37 ERA) to gain some confidence back on their side. Nola will go up against JT Brubaker (4-10, 4.67 ERA) of the Pirates.
Mandatory Credit: USA Today Sports