Sandy Alcantara couldn’t figure out what happened last night against the Phillies, wants to check video to see if he was tipping his pitches…?
National League Cy Young front-runner Sandy Alcantara let up six hits and three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning and was served a big fat “L” by the Philadelphia Phillies last night at Citizens Bank Park.
Following the game, Alcantara spoke with reporters about his night, and couldn’t even describe what happened. Clearly flustered at the fact that he let up three runs in the eighth, Alcantara stated that he wanted to review the game tape to make sure that he wasn’t tipping his pitches in the eighth inning.
Side Note: The Phillies scored three runs in the eighth inning. Kyle Schwarber doubled in the bottom of the sixth for the other run. The Bally Sports social media team clearly didn’t watch the game. Sad.
Honestly, nothing Alcantara said is really that big of a deal. It would have been nice for him to tip his cap to the Phillies who continued to fight through a full 9-inning baseball game and finally were able to figure out Alcantara in the eighth inning. That would be more appropriate.
Oh, you could probably throw in the quick fact about how the Phillies have beaten Alcantara three times this season, the only team in Major League baseball that has been able to do that this year. You can even look back further into last year where the Phillies beat him three times then as well.
For those who struggle with math, the Phillies have now beaten Sandy Alcantara six times over the past two seasons. Maybe there’s something to that rather than Alcantara “tipping his pitches”?
Entering last night, here’s how a few key members of the Phillies stacked up against the Marlins pitcher.
Notable Phillies against Alcantara
Kyle Schwarber: 4-16 (.250 AVG)
JT Realmuto: 8-23, 1 HR, 4 RBI (.348 AVG)
Nick Castellanos: 4-12 (.333 AVG)
Jean Segura: 6-18 (.333)
Last night, Kyle Schwarber was 3-4 with 2 RBI against Alcantara. Jean Segura also added a hit and scored a run. JT Realmuto was 1-for-4 with an RBI and Nick Castellanos went 0-4 from the plate. Looks like a quick check of the numbers and you’ll easily see that Sandy Alcantara is actually not that hard to beat, especially when the Phillies are the opposing team.
The Phillies have now won seven games in a row and 12 out of their last 13 games. They improved to 62-48 on the season and are in sole possession of the second National League Wild Card spot.
The Fightins have the sixth best record in all of Major League Baseball. They remain 10 games behind the NL East-leading New York Mets and just three games behind the Atlanta Braves, who are in second and hold the first NL Wild Card.
Kyle Gibson will take the mound today at 1:05PM against Daniel Cabrera in the third and and final game of the Marlins series. From there, the Phillies will head to Citi Field to take on the first place New York Mets in their first meeting since May.