Déjà Vu; Padres Shoutout Phillies 2-0, Win Series Finale
The Phillies offense was shutout for the second time in the series, as they dropped the deciding game Thursday afternoon against the San Diego Padres 2-0.
Padres (24-14) Beat Phillies (18-20)
- Winning Pitcher: Yu Darvish (4-1, 3.91)
- Losing Pitcher: Kyle Gibson (3-2, 3.98)
- Save: Taylor Rogers (15)
That was one boring series of baseball. 8 total runs. 3 shutouts. No Bryce Harper.
Phillies @ Dodgers first three games = 25 games
Padres @ Padres three games = 6 runs
It was the first time since 2010 that the Phillies were involved in a three game series in which all games ended in a shutout.
The Phils looked completely lost trying to figure out Padres starter Yu Darvish. Darvish tossed seven innings of shoutout baseball allowing six hits and punching out five Phillies.
That’s five times the Phillies have been shutout this season. In those loss their run differential is -11. If you count games with one run or less that number increases to ten. It’s a troubling trend that such a talented offense is being shutout so often, but adding to the pain, those games are tight and they are losing them.
The Phillies were without two of their starters and arguably their two hottest hitters in Bryce Harper and Jean Segura. Harper missed another day recovering from a recent PRP injection in his injured throwing elbow, while Segura was receiving a normal scheduled day off. Missing that production, the Phillies were only able to move three players into scoring position on the day, despite registering eight hits.
Darvish was good, but not great and the Phillies failed on a few good opportunities to cut into the Padres lead. Kyle Schwarber came to the plate in that inning with runners on the corner and one out but was unable to move the runners. Nick Castellanos came up next and softly grounded out to second base. That can’t be what Dave Dombrowski imagined when the Phillies shelled out more than $175 million
The Phillies top six hitters in the lineup were 4-20 (.200) today and left a combined eleven runners on base. I don’t remember anyone this afternoon getting an extra base hit, let alone hitting a ball hard. It was quite simply a bad day for an offense that needs to be the strength of this ball club.
Kyle Gibson continued his good start to the season throwing 5.2 innings, allowing two runs on eight hits with seven strikeouts. Gibson gave up two runs in the 4th inning on a Robinson Cano RBI single and a sacrifice fly from Ha-Seong Kim shortly after. Gibson didn’t have his best stuff, but kept the Phillies in the game and that’s really all you can ask for from your fifth starter.
Seranthony Dominguez, Brad Hand, Andrew Bellatti, and Conor Brogdon combined for 3.1 innings of scoreless relief. It was a solid series for the bullpen as they held the Padres to two total runs that came in the opening loss on Tuesday. It’s a good sign amidst a series that had a lot of disappointing performances, mostly on the offensive side.
The schedule doesn’t get any easier, as the Phillies are set to host the NL West leading Los Angeles Dodgers beginning a three games series on Friday night. Let’s hope that Bryce can get back in the lineup because the Phillies can seem to get anything going without him.
Robinson Cano is the cock roach that the Phillies can never kill. He killed us with the Mets and after being outright released and clearing waivers is killing is killing the Phillies with the Friars.
Wil Myers makes it home on a sac fly by Ha-Seong Kim. That’s a shit throw from Kyle Schwarber who has a noodle arm in RF. A better defensive outfielder nails Myers at home.
Padres closer Taylor Rogers gets himself out of an 8th inning jam with Nick Castellanos at the plate with runners on the corners. Kyle Schwarber also failed to move Hoskins home with one out in the 8th, in what was a perfect overall representation of the Phillies offense during this series.
Taylor Rogers gets his 15th save as the Padres take the series.
The Phillies will look to secure the series win against the San Diego Padres at Citizens Bank Park on Thursday afternoon.
Ranger Suarez (4-1, 3.72) will toe the rubber facing off against Julio Urias (2-3 3.00), with the first pitch scheduled for 5:05 pm.
NBC Sports will carry the broadcast of the game.