Phillies Drop 5th Straight Game, Fall In Extra Innings to Giants 7-4
The Phillies dropped their 5th consecutive game and 3rd straight in extra innings, falling to the Giants 7-4 on Wednesday night.
Giants (27-21) Beat Phillies (21-29)
- Winning Pitcher: José Alvarez (2-1, 4.61)
- Losing Pitcher: Andrew Bellatti (1-2, 3.86)
- Save: n/a
The losses are mounting up.
The Phillies are now a season-high 8 games below .500 at 21-29 and also 12.5 games back of the division-leading Mets as the calendar turns to June.
I try to come here every night and give the people a digestible recap that highlights the reasons, or lack thereof why the Phillies won or lost the game. But it’s getting hard to pinpoint exactly why this team simply lacks the will to win games consistently. Right now they are losing close games like its going out of style.
The Phillies have a minus-15 run differential from the 9th inning on this season. They have a minus-30 run differential from the 5th on this season.
What two things of importance happen after the 5th inning? The bullpen and defense.
Tonight was a good example of why the Phillies suspect defense tends to rear its ugly head at the most inopportune time. On a hard ground ball that forced Rhys Hoskins up the right-field line, Jeurys Familia failed to cover first base in time allowing Joc Pederson to reach first base and the go-ahead run to score in the 10th inning.
Not getting the out at first and allowing the run to score all the way from second?! You have got to be kidding me.
Even though the Phillies were able to score the tying run in their half of the 10th, courtesy of a clutch hit from Alec Bohm, these extra-inning games have highlighted this team’s most glaring weakness, the bullpen. When Ranger Suarez fails to go 5 innings for the second consecutive start, that puts stress on a unit that ranks amongst the worst in baseball. The Phillies simply don’t have enough talent to match up when they aren’t scoring 5 or more runs in a ball game.
In the Giants’ half of the 11th inning, Andrew Bellatti not only allowed the runner who started on second to score but then gave up a two-run bomb to Joc Pederson that sailed 428 feet off an upper deck advertisement.
I have said it what seems like a thousand times already this season, but this team lacks any energy and fight. I’m not standing here saying that is definitely Joe Girardi’s fault, but at some point, someone needs to be held accountable. It’s not going to be Bryce Harper, who is playing at an MVP level, or Kyle Schwarber and Nick Castellanos who have fresh five-year contracts. It’s going to and should be Joe Girardi’s neck below the guillotine.
Alec Bohm makes a fantastic play up the left-field line to keep the game at 0-0.
Junior Valentine says Rhys Hoskins violated the slide rule at 2nd base. What a horrible call!!
Luis Gonzales knocks in two runs with an RBI double in the 5th inning to give the Giants the lead.
JT Realmuto makes it a 3-2 with an RBI single in the 6th inning.
Jean Segura leaves the game after getting hit in the hand with a pitch. I would say that looks like a broken finger and missing at the least a few weeks.
Jeurys Familia fails to cover first base after Joc Pederson hits a groundball up the first baseline allowing the runner to score from second. Giants take the lead in the 10th.
Alec Bohm ties the game up with an RBI single scoring Roman Quinn from second. Looks like we are headed for an 11th inning!
Donovan Walton gives the Giants the lead in the top of the 11th inning.
Joc Pederson takes Andrew Bellatti deep to extend the Giants’ lead.
Jesus, that was crushed.
The Phillies will take on the San Francisco Giants in the final game of a three-game series at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday night.
Aaron Nola (2-4, 3.56) will toe the rubber facing off against Carlos Rodón (4-4, 3.56), with the first pitch scheduled for 6:05 pm.
NBC Sports Philadelphia will have the broadcast of the game.
Mandatory Photo Credit: San Francisco Chronicle