The Philadelphia Phillies (33-26 1st Place NL East) hoped the change of scenery from LA to San Diego to face the San Diego Padres (30-29, 3rd Place NL West), would help erase the bad vibes from the sweep by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
It did not seem like it at the start, losing an important player early, but it ended with a much needed and rousing series victory featuring the newest Phillies.
Game 1: New City – Same Old Story
Once again the Phillies offense showed little phight, and the pressure put on the pitching staff showed as Aaron Nola (6-1, 4.63 ERA) pitched well until the Padres got to him in the late innings.
The Phillies should have known it was not their day as the other big story of the game happened during their first AB. Andrew McCutchen who worked a BB to start the game, tore his ACL on a run-down that ended up as a double play. I won’t get into the debate over whether it was anybody’s fault. Stuff happens in baseball.
As they would do in every game this series, the Phillies took a small early lead on a two out J.T. Realmuto single in the 4th. An inning later the Friars tied it up on a Franmil Reyes HR (17). This would not be the last time this Reyes kid circled the bases this series.
The next inning is when Nola just fell apart.
His 6th inning started with a lead-off single, and before he could get the second out, Aaron had let in 3R. leaving two men on for JD Hammer. Hammer had been near perfect his first three outings, 5K in 3.0 innings, but he reloaded the bases. Then after another K, not a Phillie, SS Manny Machado (10) unloaded them to make it 8-1.
That GS added two more to Nola’s sad line, 5.1In, 8H, 6R – all earned – 3BB, 5K, 93P – 56 for strikes to earn the L.
Meanwhile San Diego LHP Eric Lauer (5-4, 4.18) had the Phillies stymied for 6In, 2H, 1R – earned – 3BB, 3K, 0HR, 82P – 52 for strikes, for the W.
Realmuto’s 9th HR in the 7th ended the scoring for a final of 8-2.
One positive that would turn out to be big in this series, was that the Phillies acquired Jay Bruce just at the right time. It certainly appears he will play more than anybody expected. He did get a hit in three at bats, which was only a taste of how he would affect the rest of this series.
Game 2: Phillies Offense Wakes Up
It seemed like something threw the offensive switch in the middle game of the series, as the Phillies dropped 13 hits, including 4HR, on the Padres staff.
It would not be a stretch to say that Bruce made the most of his first start as a Phillie.
He scored the first run of the game when Scott Kingery, starting at 3B for the slumping Maikel Franco, hit his ninth 2B of the season. Bruce had doubled (12) with two outs.
Jerad Eickhoff (3-3, 4.14) got the first six batters of the game out, 3 of them Ks, but got into trouble with a lead-off 2B, followed by a HBP in the 3rd. A sac bunt later, a 2 RBI 2B by 3B Greg Garcia (8) gave the Padres the lead.
The Phightin’s would respond in a big way with crooked numbers in the 4th (3) and 5th (4).
The veteran Bruce was once again involved, this time with a 2R HR, his 15th, to LF scoring Realmuto, to give the Phils the lead for good. Kingery followed with one of his own (4) to stretch the lead to 4-2.
They did not waste any time the next inning either, as Bryce Harper started the inning with a single. Jean Segura, who was starting to get back in a groove, reached on a FC throwing E by Machado. One out later Realmuto singled to load the bases.
It was actually Padres LHP Brad Wieck (0-0, 6.75) who came on to face RH Realmuto, and ultimately LH Bruce, who gave up the GS. Starter RHP Chris Paddack‘s line (4-4,2.97) with those two extra runs let in, was the victim of this offensive beating, only lasting 4.1In, 8H, 6R – 5 earned – 0BB, 4K, 2HR, 91P – 65 for strikes.
Eickhoff would give up a single run in the 6th on Franmil Reyes second HR of the series (18) to make it 8-3. Franco would get that back with a PH dinger in the 8th.
Eickhoff left after that 6th inning, 4H, 3R – all earned – 0BB, 6K, 1HR, 92P – 60 for strikes.
9-3 felt a lot safer than 8-3 because it got a bit scary in the bottom of the 8th, and the 2019 version of the Padres has a more powerful offense than most San Diego teams in recent memory.
Reyes would strike again (19) to start the inning off of Edgar Garcia, and then after walking Machado, Garcia would give up another dinger – this time to Eric Hosmer (10) – a laser to LCF. Seranthony Dominguez, would come on to end the madness keeping the score at 9-6. Hector Neris would finish the game with his 11th S. Eickhoff would earn the W, and Paddack the L. Dominguez picked up his 8th H.
Game 3: The Comeback Kids
As they had done all series, as well as a repeat of game 2, the Phillies took an early 1-0 lead on B2B 2 out 2Bs by Bruce and Kingery in the 2nd. This came off of Padres rookie RHP Cal Quantrill (1-2, 4.85). Quantrill is the son of P Paul Quantrill who played for the Phillies in ’94 – ’95.
Cal Quantrill, son of Paul, is starting against the Phillies today. According to the team, it's just the second time ever that a son of a former Phillie starts against the Phillies. The other: Chet Nichols Jr. in 1955.
Once again Arrieta had a good inning and on the way to another, but after yet another 2 out BB, his inability to hold runners on led to another run on a SB and a single. The single came after Jake went from a 1-2 to a full count.
Another come from ahead BB and Arrieta’s day was done, 4.2In, 7H, 5R – all well earned – 3BB, 3K, 2HR, 97P – 59 for strikes.
But this game was far from over.
Quantrill would also be pulled after 5 effective innings, 5H, 2R – both earned – 0BB, 7K, 1HR, 80P – 52 for strikes.
The Phillies pen took control of the game only giving up 1H, and 0R the rest of the way.
This gave the Comeback Kids a chance to make their move.
The 7th inning rally started with a one out walk to CF Adam Haseley, the first of his firsts in his second start. He was brought up because of the administrative leave assessed to Odubel Herrera for an alleged domestic violence incident. Then the Phightin’s would once again call on their two out magic as the slumping Cesar Hernandez slapped a 3B to RF to get Haseley his first MLB run scored.
That would not be the end of Haseley.
A slew of defensive changes and a pitching change later Harper knocked in Hernandez with a 2B. A Segura single scored Harper to tie the game at 5 after 7.
After two quick outs in the 8th, the Phils had the Padres right where they wanted them.
A Kingery BB would set up the final and biggest firsts of the night for the NKOTB Haseley:
That had to feel great for the kid, especially after going 0-4 during the hit barrage the night before.
The Phils were not done as PH Andrew Knapp, knocked in Haseley for his second R of the night, to get to the eventual 7-5 winning score.
Seranthony Dominguez would get into a spot of trouble in the 8th allowing two men on with one out, so Manager Gabe Kapler, would call upon Hector Neris for a 5 out save starting with the heart of the San Diego order. He would walk 2B Greg Garcia to load the bases, but then Kd PH Ian Kinsler, and got Machado to hit one of the scariest pop outs this season to Segura who made this great over the back catch, to end the threat.
This had to feel great to Segura after the tough week he had being, IMHO, unfairly blamed for the injury to McCutchen, and also some payback for the earlier play shown here by Machado.
Neris would have a 1-2-3 9th for S (12). Juan Nicasio (1-2, 4.78) would vulture the W getting the last out in the 7th inning. RHP Craig Stammen (4-2, 3.38) would get the double whammy of a L and a BS (5). Dominguez earned H (9), as did Padres RHPs Miguel Diaz (1), and Trey Wingenter (9).
Unfortunately there was yet another injury to a Phillies reliever. Seranthony Dominguez left the game in the 8th with what appears to be a right elbow ailment. At this posting we have not heard any results of the MRI which he had on Thursday.
The important thing is the Phillies went a long way to assuage the pain of that Dodgers sweep with a gutty series W.
Let’s hope they bring that offense back with them to CBP.
The MLB draft was held this week, and the Phillies took a slew of players. I do not pretend to know anything about these guys, so will leave it to you to follow experts such as Jeff Israel, Matt Winkelman, Paul Casella and the like for more on them.
Below is a list of the Top 10 picks and a link to the entire list
Here is a link to Mr. Casella’s wrap on the draft, and I want to thank Mr. Casella for allowing me the use of his tweets and info for this post.
Thank you @BlueJays for drafting me in the 32nd round today! It’s a great honor! It’s with mutual understanding that I’ll still be honoring my commitment to Penn State! I look forward to college and bettering myself as a player and person, thank you to all who have supported me! pic.twitter.com/tUcKWZESPl
Lastly many who follow the Phillies on-line will know of their biggest supporter across the pond UK Phillies He will be here this weekend to catch all three games of the Cincinnati Reds series. Anybody at the games should look for him and his flag, especially on Sunday when he will be roving CBP.
Though I was born a few blocks from what was to be the NY Worlds Fair/Shea Stadium/Forrest Hills Complex, my parents saved me from being a NY fan by moving to Elkins Park in 1955, when I was 6 months old. I have been living and dying w/ Philly sports teams ever since. Now over 60 , I bring an older, but hopefully not stodgy, spin to this blog. By day I am a mild mannered controller/IT guy for a family business, but by night you will either find me @ CBP at least 17 games a season, and most other nights yelling at my tv as if they can hear me. Though I attend many other local sports, my main love has always been baseball, and my focus here is the Phillies, but I am also part of the team covering the Philadelphia Union.