The Philadelphia Phillies, edging up to the precipice of a double digit losing streak, had to figure that it would be a rerun of last night’s game, w/ 2 6+ERA guys pitching in LHP Adam Morgan (1-6, 6.49) and the Minnesota Twins RHP Kyle Gibson (0-5, 6.06). Everybody had to wait for the fun to begin as there was a 1 hour 10 minute rain delay.
Morgan was not sharp at the start giving up 3 singles in the 1st, the 3rd a 2 out RBI, but the Phillies bounced right back the next inning on a Cameron Rupp (6) 358′ wall-scraper to RF. No SDI for Morgan though, as he gave up a 2 out H to the # 9 hitter. A thrown away pick-off by Morgan and a seeing eye single later he gave the Twins the run right back. Andres Blanco (3) recouped that run w/ a one out Drive to RCF. Even w/ a 1 out double, Morgan got the 1st #SDI of the game for either side.
3 actual half innings passed before any more scoring until the Phillies were able to put 3 runs on the board in the top of the 5th starting with b2b singles by Bourjos and Odubel Herrera. Then a single by Blanco coupled w/ an E9 allowed 2 to score. The Twins pitched around Maikel Franco to get to Ryan Howard who proceeded to hit one up the middle through the shift, to score Blanco and put the Phils up 5-3. It was Ryan’s 1st hit in 19 ABs. In a movie we have seen too many times these last few weeks w/ one out Morgan allowed 2 more hits to make it 2nd and 3rd w/ one out. Then a hit – scored a 3b – but really more bad play by Bourjos in the OF, got two back, and a hit up the middle tied it back up @ 5. These were all hard hit balls off of Morgan but any kind of decent play by the defense would have been less runs given up.
The 6th inning was scoreless w/ the only momentous thing being Andrew Bailey limping off the field after a 1-2-3 inning – later called a “mild left hamstring strain” to be reevaluated . In the 7th though the Twins got to David Hernandez once again for a run on two singles and a sac fly to take the lead 6-5.
The Phils went meekly the rest of the way to send their losing streak to 9. Morgan received a ND on 5 In, 5 H, 5R – 4 earned though that may be inflated – 3K’s and one terrible BB to a # 9 hitter w/ 2 outs. Hernandez was saddled w/ a well earned L (1-2) while Taylor Rogers got the W (3-0) for one clean inning. Fernando Abad got his 1st career S. This losing streak tied their longest of last year and the next longest historically would be an 11 gamer back in Sept ’99. They have now also lost 26 of their last 32 games.
Half Asleep End Notes:
Sticking w/ the hot hand: Pete Mackanin started the same lineup that scored 10 runs last night in the losing effort last night. Peter Bourjos especially had been one of the hottest Phillies, 14 ABs 7 H (.500), 4 R, 3 RBI’s, 1 HR his last 7 games. They did score 5 runs on 9 hits so this lineup may stay, though the day game tomorrow might force some changes.
Help on the Way?: Vince Velasquez had his 1st rehab start in Reading tonight. He threw 76 pitches in five innings allowing only one R- a HR on his 4th pitch of the night -on two H, 3 K’s and one BB. More encouraging was that he had a lively FB in the low to mid 90s. It could easily be Morgan that he replaces possibly the next time around depending on how he bounces back from this start.
Next Ups: RHP Jerad Eickhoff (4-9, 3.49) vs RHP Rickey Nolasco (3-4, 4.91) in a 1:10 ET start. Our own EC will be slowhanding that one for PattisonAve.Com. Not sure when I will be back as the Phils head farther out west and the games are too late for this early to rise guy, but I will be around on Twitter during what I can stay up for.