Phillies fall to the Giants 5-3, swept in San Francisco on 9th inning walk off home run to end disastrous west coast road trip
The Phillies fell to the Giants 5-3 on a walk off home run in the 9th inning by Wilmer Flores, sealing the series sweep and dropping their record in September to 0-3.
Giants (64-68) Beat Phillies (73-61)
- Winning Pitcher: Camilo Doval (5-6, 2.73)
- Losing Pitcher: David Robertson (3-2, 2.35)
The September slide continues for the Phillies, who have now lost six of seven games and are 0-3 since the calendar flipped from August. The walk-off home run by Wilmer Flores in the 9th inning was a fitting end to a disastrous road trip in which the Phillies dropped five of six games against a pair NL West teams that are currently out of playoff position.
Luckily, the Brewers, the team directly behind Philadelphia in the NL wild card standings also lost today to the D-Backs and currently sit 2.5 GB with less than 30 games to play.
Ranger Suarez continued the troubling trend of Phillies starters either getting shelled or failing to make it through 5 innings. Suarez was pulled after he needed 69 pitches to complete just 4 innings. Ranger wasn’t horrible but for the second consecutive game he ran into trouble in the 4th frame, allowing all 3 of his earned runs and walking two batters.
After watching this roadtrip, the starting rotation suddenly has more question marks and unknowns than at any point this season. Suarez and Syndergaard clearly cant be counted on to pitch deep into games, Zach Eflin is now a bullpen piece, Zack Wheeler had his expected start on Tuesday pushed back a week as he continues to deal with forearm soreness, and Aaron Nola has a record of completely falling apart in September.
Does that sound promising to you?
I never thought I would say this, but thank god for the Phillies bullpen. Yes, David Robertson was shaky today, allowing 3 hits and walking 2 over 1.2 innings before eventually giving up the winning home run. But overall the pen has been the much better group over the last month and kept this team in games after falling behind big.
JT Realmuto provided the only offensive highlight for the Phillies this afternoon when he crushed a 3-run home run with one out in the 8th inning to tie the game at 3. The Phillies were able to tally 9 total hits but continued to squander their opportunities.
The Phillies led off the 6th inning with a double by Rhys Hoskins and a single by Alec Bohm, yet were unable to move the runners. After a JT Realmuto walk, Bryson Stott came to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs and struck out swinging, unable to catch up to a 98 mph from Giants ace Carlos Rodón.
Rodón pitched up to his All-Star form striking out 10 Phillies hitters while allowing no runs on five hits. He provided to the Giants exactly what the Phillies are searching for with earnest from their starters.
Until the Phillies win a game or a series in the month of September I think there are plenty of reasons to panic and wonder whether we are in for another late-season collapse.
Lamonte Wade Jr puts the Giants on top in the 4th inning with an RBI single of Ranger Suarez.
Bryce Johnson records his first MLB hit with an RBI single off Ranger Suarez in the 4th inning. Nick Maton also gets an outfield assist for gunning down Austin Wyns at third base to end the inning.
Bryson Stott strikes out swinging with the bases loaded against a 98mph fastball from Carlos Rodón in the 6th inning. The Phillies had men on the corners with nobody out and are unable to cash in.
JT ‘BCIB” Realmuto ties the game up with an absolute clutch 3-run shot in the 8th inning.
Wilmer Flores hits a 2-run walk off home run off David Robertson to seal the series sweep for the Giants.
Giants win 5-3.
Up Next for the Phillies
The Phillies have a scheduled off day on Monday after traveling back from the West Coast. On Tuesday they open up a 3-game series against the Marlins at Citizens Bank Park.
Aaron Nola (9-11, 3.43) will toe the rubber facing off against Jesus Lazardo (3-6, 3.43) with the first pitch scheduled for 6:45 pm.
NBC Sports Philadelphia will carry the broadcast of the game.
Mandatory Photo Credit: SF Chronicle