Phillies win series, but drop finale in extras vs. Giants

 

The afternoon after last night’s thrilling 5-4 win in 12 innings against the San Francisco Giants (62-46), our Philadelphia Phillies (50-60) failed to complete the sweep, as the offense faltered in a 3-2 loss in ten innings to complete the series.

Vince Velasquez got the start for the good guys, and was mostly effective, working through an apparent blister on his finger to go five innings while giving up just three hits and both earned runs. He also struck out six and walked three. He left after just 93 pitches and down 2-1 for pinch hitter Cody Asche in the 6th.

Each team plated a run in the 1st, as Aaron Althrerr knocked an RBI double to continue his productive return to the lineup. Things were quiet for a while until Denard Span gave the Giants the lead with a sac fly in the 5th.

In the 6th, the Phillies loaded up the bases with one out, and Freddy Galvis picked up on RBI on a fielder’s choice, but that would be the final run of the ball game for the home team.

Elvis AraujoMichael Mariot, and Brett Oberholtzer each pitched scoreless innings of relief, but the Phillies’ offense failed to put a runner in scoring position for the rest of the game.

A key moment came as Cesar Hernandez continued with his all too common baserunning blunders, as he was caught stealing second base to end the 9th inning. He easily had the throw beaten, but overslid the bag to squander the chance at a game-winning single.

It was ultimately Severino Gonzalez who would take the loss, and it was Span again for the Giants, this time knocking a home run just clear of the right field foul pole to lead off the 10th which would prove to be the game winner. The Phillies went down without drama in the bottom half and just like that the game was over.

Notables:

  • Despiste Thursday’s loss, it was still the first series win for the Phillies since the All-Star break.
  • The Phillies fell to 6-3 in extra inning games on the season.
  • No Phillies player had multiple hits on the game. They were just 1-8 with runners in scoring position. Maikel FrancoCarlos RuizFreddy Galvis, and Tommy Joseph combined to go 0-15.

Next Up:

The Phillies head to California for six straight road games. The trip kicks off against the San Diego Padres (47-61) on Friday night. Jeremy Hellickson (8-7, 3.70 ERA) takes the hill for Philadelphia. He’ll be opposed by Christian Friedrich (4-6, 4.72 ERA). First pitch is set for 10:40 p.m. EDT.

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