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After clinching their first road series win of the season on Tuesday night, the Phillies (26-48) were unable to finish off the sweep at Yankee Stadium in a 10-2 blowout loss to Ivan Nova and New York (39-33).
Nova (1-0, 0.00 ERA) was dominant for the Yankees in his first major league start since undergoing Tommy John surgery in April 2014. He pitched into the seventh inning while surrendering no runs and only three hits.
Meanwhile, Hamels (5-6, 3.26 ERA) clearly didn’t have his best stuff. He didn’t get much help from the defense though, as New York’s first two runs scored after a throwing error by Phillies’ third baseman Andres Blanco. Hamels’ day ended after five innings, giving up eight hits and five runs, all earned despite the error. He struck out three, walked three, and hit Alex Rodriguez with a pitch in the first inning.
Yankees’ manager Joe Girardi was ejected in the top of the third inning after arguing a check swing call during Maikel Franco’s second at-bat.
Franco was unable to keep up his torrid pace from the first two games of the series, finishing the game 0-4. He still leads all Philadelphia position players in batting average (.311,) slugging percentage (.588,) and OPS (.946).
Neither of Philadelphia’s relief pitchers were able to keep New York off the scoreboard either. Jake Diekman (2-1, 5.81 ERA) gave up a run and three hits in the sixth inning, and Justin De Fratus (0-1, 5.68 ERA) gave up four earned in two innings of work to close out the game. Both players continue to be obvious weak links in the Phillies’ bullpen.
Domonic Brown did something good for a change, getting the Phillies on the board in the ninth inning with an RBI single. It was his only hit of the game, and he is still batting only .171 on the season without a single home run. Cody Asche added the other RBI for the Phillies on a groundout that scored Brown. Ryan Howard was the only Phillie with multiple hits, notching a pair of doubles to raise his average to .231.
The Phillies have a day off on Thursday before returning home for a three-game series against the Washington Nationals. They’ll have a very tough test waiting for them, as Max Scherzer (8-5, 1.76 ERA) takes the mound for Washington in his first start since throwing a no-hitter against the Pirates. The Phillies will counter with Aaron Harang (4-9, 3.41 ERA), who has struggled mightily recently, going 0-3 with a 7.50 ERA in his last three starts. First pitch is slated for 7:05 pm.