Phillies Drop 4th Straight Game, Lose in Extra Innings to Giants 5-4
The Phillies lost their fourth straight game Monday afternoon, falling to the San Francisco Giants 5-4 in extra innings on a Curt Casali home run.
Giants (26-21) Beat Phillies (21-28)
- Winning Pitcher: Dominic Leone (3-0, 3.18)
- Losing Pitcher: Andrew Bellatti (1-1, 2.93)
- Save: Camilo Doval (8)
For the first time in five years the Phillies are seven games below .500. They have lost four straight games and seven of their last nine. More importantly the Phillies are now 3-10 in one run games this season, which is a great indication of whether your team stinks or not.
In case you missed it, the Phillies do indeed stink.
Logan Webb tossed eight solid innings for the Giants, scattering four hits and allowing three earned runs. Before the 9th inning, the broadcast showed Webb pleading with manager Gabe Kapler to let him take the ball and finish the game. The decision was made a lot easier for Kapler after Longoria homered in the top of the 9th to put the Giants on top by one run.
Kapler relented, allowing Webb to continue, and on just the 2nd pitch of the inning Kyle Schwarber rocketed a game tying home run 402 feet to deep center field. The Phillies failed to score in their half of the 9th and both teams entered extra innings with a runner starting on second base.
Corey Knebel allowed a run in his second straight appearance, and just one night removed from blowing the save to the New York Mets on Sunday Night Baseball. Knebel who started the season looking dominant, now has an ERA of 3.43 on the season.
The Phillies have hit the second most solo home runs in the MLB this season. And unfortunately, that’s all the offense could muster today as Nick Castellanos, Rhys Hoskins, and Kyle Schwarber all knocked solo shots.
Curt Casali won the ball game with a two run bomb off Andrew Bellattti to put the Giants ahead 5-3 in the top of the 10th inning. I like Andrew Bellatti, he’s owns a solid 2.93 ERA on the season and has been one of the few positive surprises for the Phils. But you can’t be allowing go -ahead home runs to the 9th hitter in the Giants lineup, especially on a lazy fastball.
But who else is going to pitch?! Joe Girardi treats his bullpen like they are a group of toddlers, always making sure they have their elbow and knee pads on before they go out to the mound. I don’t care what Girardi says, Seranthony Dominguez should have been in the game. He has barely pitched lately and for some reason was not available? Girardi has mismanaged the bullpen again and again this season and it will ultimately be the reason he gets fired in a few weeks.
Fire Joe Girardi. This team has zero fire.
In other news, Mickey Moniak made his 2022 season debut, after suffering a fractured hand in the last game of Spring Training. Moniak struggled at the plate going 0-4 with 3K. But Moniak made a beautiful catch to the delight of the crowd in the 8th inning, robbing former Phillie Darrin Ruf of a single.
Nick Castellanos puts the Phillies on top all while interrupting a woman speaking about the importance of the Gold Start Family Foundation.
Rhys Hoskins hits the hardest hit ball of his career for a solo shot in the 4th inning. What a catch by the young fan in the front row as well!
Wilmer Flores takes Kyle Gibson deep in the 6th inning, on the only mistake he made all afternoon.
Kyle Gibson finished the 6th inning, his last, by striking out Evan Longoria.
Mickey Moniak makes an amazing catch and adds to the reasons why should be the Phillies full time starting center fielder going forward.
Evan Longoria making us pay for the 2008 World Series, put the Giants on top with a home run off Corey Knebel in the 9th inning. That’s two straight appearances with a run allowed by Knebel.
Logan Webb decided to come back out for the 9th inning and Kyle Schwarber made him pay with a game tying shot to straight away center field.
Curt Casali puts the Giants back on top with a two run HR off Andrew Bellatti in top of the 10th inning. Man that ball was crushed!
The Phillies will take on the San Francisco Giants in the second game of a three game series at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday night.
Ranger Suarez (4-3, 4.74) will toe the rubber facing off against Jakob Junis (2-1, 2.76), with the first pitch scheduled for 6:45 pm.
NBC Sports Philadelphia will have the broadcast of the game.
Mandatory Image Credit: San Diego Union Tribune