Notes From The Phillies’ 9-6 Loss To San FranciscoBREAKING NEWS, News, Phillies Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
- Roberto Hernandez got the start, and lasted 5.2 innings, allowing three runs on five hits.
- The Phillies’ offense looked lively for the second straight night, scoring six runs on 11 hits.
- The Phils got up 2-1 in the first inning thanks to an RBI single from Chase Utley and an RBI groundout from Marlon Byrd.
- The offense broke out for three more runs in the fifth off a two-run home run from Jimmy Rollins and an RBI-double from Byrd.
- In addition to his homer, Rollins as worked two walks. Jimmy has gone deep five times in the last 10 games.
- Ben Revere started in center, and went 3-6 with two stolen bases.
- Ryan Howard went 2-6, but left seven men on base.
- Grady Sizemore started in left and went 0-3, snapping his seven-game hitting streak.
- Cody Asche went 0-6.
- Cameron Rupp also went 0-6.
- Antonio Bastardo got the final out in the six inning.
- Ken Giles gave up a run in the seventh on three hits, but struck out two and earned a hold. Its just the second earned run that Giles has given up in 15 appearances, and his first since his debut on June 12th.
- Jake Diekman struck out two in a scoreless eighth inning.
- Jonathan Papelbon blew the save in the ninth, allowing a run on two hits. Its the third blown save of the year for Papelbon. The veteran closer returned to pitch a scoreless 10th inning.
- Justin De Fratus gave the team two scoreless extra innings of work, getting through the 11th and 12th innings.
- Jeff Manship hung a zero in the 13th, but was then lit up for four runs in the 14th.
Before the game, the Phils placed John Mayberry Jr. on the disabled list and called Darin Ruf up from Triple-A.
Maybe now is finally the time that we’ll see Ruf get an extended look in this lineup. Ryan Howard has looked lost at the plate for most of the year, and the outfield has been a complete disgrace, so there’s no excuse for Ryne Sandberg to not find some consistent at-bats for Ruf.
As we get closer to the trade deadline, the sense I get is that the Phillies are not going to be able to move Jonathan Papelbon. In spite of the great season that Papelbon has been having, there’s been so little interest in him because of his ridiculous contract (thanks Ruben). The biggest problem is the easily attainable vesting option that would put any team that trades for him on the hook for another $13 million in 2016. Even if the Phillies agree to pay for some of his contract, I don’t think any team wants to be stuck with a personality like that in their clubhouse for two and a half years.
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