Kyle Gibson struggles behind poor defense as Tigers top Phillies 7-1
It was yet another truly terrible showing from the Phillies on Wednesday afternoon against the Tigers after getting demolished by the Yankees 14-2 on Tuesday. The Phillies managed to scatter eight hits but were 0-4 with runners in scoring position and left eight stranded on the base paths.
Phillies Quick Hits
Before the game the Phillies acquired right handed reliever James Norwood from the San Diego Padres. Injuries to Sam Coonrod and Jose Alvarado have limited hurt the depth of the bullpen and given Norwood a good opportunity to make the club on Opening Day.
Spring Training: Tigers @ Phillies
- Phillies Lose 7-1
- Winning Pitcher Tarik Skubal (1-0)
- Losing Pitcher Kyle Gibson (0-1)
Kyle Gibson cruised through the first inning striking out the side.
In the 2nd inning however, the wheels fell off as Kyle Gibson allowed three hits including two doubles to the middle of the Tigers order.
Javier Baez continued the damage in the 3rd inning by pulling this pitch into left field and putting the Tigers up 4-0. Kyle Gibson struggled with command of his pitches all afternoon and took the loss finishing 4 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K.
Another game, another hit for Phillies top prospect and likely Opening Day starter Bryson Stott. Over the course of spring training, Stott has demonstrated a diverse skillset including the confidence to hit the ball to the opposite field on traditional fastball counts.
Bryson Stott did however commit and error on this routine ground ball in the 5th inning while playing third base. The Phillies defense was not good today. Kyle Schwarber also committed a throwing error in the 5th inning which led to Tigers taking a 7-0 lead.
Connor Brogdon came in relief of a struggling Gibson and allowed two earned runs on three hits in the 5th inning to give the Tigers a 7-0 lead.
What else does Mickey Moniak need to do to get some respect from Phillies fans? The 23-year-old smacked this fastball back up the middle to raise his average in spring training to a more than respectable .300.
Moniak looks like a completely different hitter from his short stint in the majors last season. His timing and balance have him consistently making hard contact with the baseball.
Bryce Harper destroyed this pitch into right field nearly hitting passing traffic on the highway. This would be the only positive offensive production the Phillies could muster all afternoon.
One bright spot for the Phillies today was their bullpen. Corey Knebel, Seranthony Dominguez, Damon Jones, and Braeden Ogle held Detroit to just three hits and no runs over the final 4 innings.
Up Next for the Phillies
The Phillies take on the Yankees in Clearwater on Thursday at 1:05 p.m. NBC Sports Philly will carry the game.
Mandatory Photo Credit: Sports Illustrated