Notes From The Phillies’ 5-4 Loss To New YorkBREAKING NEWS, News, Phillies Wednesday, April 19th, 2017
On The Mound
- Vince Velasquez turned in his best start of the season, allowing three runs over six innings.
- Velasquez was strong through five, allowing just one hit, but the wheels came undone in the sixth when he allowed a three-run shot to Jay Bruce to give the Mets a one-run lead.
- Luis Garcia pitched a scoreless seventh.
- Edubray Ramos took the loss, allowing a two-run home to Bruce in the eighth.
At The Plate
- The offense managed four runs on eight hits.
- Cesar Hernandez struggled tonight, going 0-4.
- Aaron Altherr got another start in left, and went 1-3 with a double and scored two runs. Athlerr got the team’s rally in the eighth started with a ground-rule double.
- Odubel Herrera went 1-3 with a single.
- Maikel Franco continues to just be abysmal in the four-hole. Franco once again went hitless, going 0-4, making him hitless in his last 21 at-bats. Franco left five men on base, including a feeble groundout with the bases loaded in the fifth.
- Franco also committed an error in the sixth, running into Vince Velasquez on a pop up that extended the inning.
- Tommy Joseph went 0-4, dropping his average to .159.
- Freddy Galvis went 2-4 with a triple in the ninth.
- Daniel Nava drove home a run with a sac fly in the ninth.
Maikel Franco has been driving me crazy.
Franco has now seen his average dip below .150 into the .140’s. I don’t understand what’s taking Pete Mackanin so long to make some kind of move.
Several times over the last week, I’ve suggested sitting Franco for a game or two. I think Andres Blanco deserves a couple more at-bats. But at the very least, if Mackanin is going to leave Franco out there, he’s got to move him down in the order. Create some kind of fresh approach that can maybe do a little better than Franco’s .148 average.
On the positive side, Vince Velasquez was much better than he was in his first two appearances. He was working faster, and finished the night with a pitch count only in the 80’s.
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