The Philadelphia Phillies started a short 5 game road trip with an Interleague game at the Chicago White Sox for the first time in over a decade. Two relative newcomers faced of as RHP Jake Thompson (1-2, 8.79 ERA) was making just his fourth MLB start vs. LHP Carlos Rodon (3-8, 4.26 ERA) in his second year in MLB, both with the Pale Hose.
Unfortunately the Phillies offense seemed to have fallen back into their Cy Young nominating mode as they could do nothing against a very ordinary pitcher in Rodon, while the White Sox kept the hits coming trouncing the Phils 9-1.
After the Phillies failed to score in the top of the inning, despite back to back singles with one out, the White Sox did on a lead-off triple by Adam Eaton followed by an RBI groundout. Early on Thompson was having control problems, not starting a batter off with a strike until the fifth one, in the first, and two walks, but a DP ball right back to him ended the inning w/ no more damage. He had thrown 20 pitches – only 7 for strikes. Chicago added another 3 runs in the 2nd on a melange of hits, walks and a sac fly.
Meanwhile Rodon was setting the Phillies right down, not allowing a hit after the 2 singles in the first until the 6th inning – see below.
In the 5th inning, after walking Melky Cabrera for the third time in the game, Thompson surrendered a long HR to LF by Jose Abreu, and Justin Morneau followed with a solo shot. This put the game pretty much out of reach at 7-0, the way the Phillies were phailing weakly against Rodon. Perfect example was even after a lead-off double in the 6th inning by Peter Bourjos, the next three batters each hit weak GOs to the left side, not even moving the runner over. Can you say Flustration boys and girls? Of course the Sox proceeded to tack on two more in bottom of the inning after the Phils failed to turn a DP twice in a row despite smooth pickups by Freddy Galvis on each.
Speaking of Galvis, in the 7th inning, he broke up the shut out, as well as the 17.2 in scoreless streak for the Phillies which went back to the 6th inning on Saturday, on his 13th HR and his career high 51st RBI – last season he had 50.
Jake Thompson well earned the L (1-3) only going five very ineffective innings, 8H, 7R, all earned, 4BB, 2K, 2HR, 92 pitches – 52 for strikes, inflating his already ridiculous ERA to 9.78. Carlos Rodon – helped by a Phillies offense who had not scored since Saturday – got the W (4-8), 6.2 In, 3H, 0R, 1BB, 4K, 109 pitches, 71 for strikes, lowering his ERA to 4.02.
This game does not deserve any notes except to say that tomorrow’s game will feature RHP Jerad Eickhoff (8-12, 3.91) against RHP James Shields (5-15, 5.98). Shields has a 17.36 ERA in four starts this month. Hopefully the offense will make this pitcher look like his record and put some runs on the board. I will be back again for that one.