Notes From The Phillies’ 3-0 Loss To TorontoBREAKING NEWS, News, Phillies Monday, May 5th, 2014
- Kyle Kendrick got off to a rough start, allowing three runs over the first two innings. However, he was able to settle down and make it through five more scoreless innings and keep the Phils in the game. He allowed seven hits and three walks.
- Kendrick gave up a lead-off home run to Jose Reyes to begin the game.
- Former Phillie J.A. Happ got the start for Toronto, and held the Phils scoreless through five innings. The Phils had a bases-loaded opportunity against Happ in the second inning, but Kyle Kendrick came to bat with two outs and was unable to get anything done.
- Jimmy Rollins missed today’s game with a groin injury, which led to Freddy Galvis getting a start and batting second in the lineup. Galvis actually managed to pick up his second base hit of the season, but still finished 1-5 with a pop up and a couple of strikeouts.
- Chase Utley and Ryan Howard went a combined 0-8.
- Marlon Byrd went 2-3, including his first triple of the year.
- Carlos Ruiz went 2-3 with a walk.
- Ben Revere went 2-4, and was caught stealing in the first inning.
- The Phillies went 0-6 with runners in scoring position.
- Jake Diekman threw two scoreless innings to finish out the game.
J.A. Happ sure has had his old team’s number whenever he’s faced them. Happ is now 3-0 with an ERA below 2.00 against the Phillies.
The Phillies offense continues to struggle. Tonight’s shutout caps a pretty unremarkable stretch in which they’ve now scored three runs or less in four of their last five games. In three of those efforts, they’ve either scored one run or been shut out.
These stretches of terrible offensive play are going to prevent the team from making any serious ground in the standings. Starting pitching has been great, and has been giving the Phils opportunities to win almost every night. But the lineup has been ice cold for two of the last three weeks, and as such the Phillies continue to find their record fluctuating between one game above or below .500.
When Freddy Galvis is the lineup, Ryne Sandberg can’t bat him anywhere but the eight-hole. The guy is about as close to an automatic out as you can possibly get. The Phillies are carrying too much dead weight on their bench. They can’t count on any offensive production from Cody Asche, Jayson Nix, or Galvis.
Asche you can live with because he’s a young player that showed a little promise last year, and there’s still hope he can figure things out. Galvis and Nix both serve the same purpose: they’re a couple of capable utility gloves that you can move around the infield and give you quality defensive play, but won’t do a thing for you at the plate. You can carry one guy like that on your roster, but not two. One of these guys needs to go in favor of another bench player that can actually hit. Kevin Frandsen might have served that role just fine, but the team decided to release him in Spring Training.
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