I’m back jack! The Phillies and I took a break to figure out whether things would continue. It would appear things are back to normal for the fighting Phils. As normal as things can be in these trying times. With Phillies baseball back……. for now, lets look back at the horror of game 3.
I’ll save the expletives I have for the Marlins in my head and keep this review strictly professional. After a up and down firs two games the Phillies headed into game 3 with the hopes of a new and improved Vince Velasquez after a few good scrimmage games. Did we get anything close to that? Did he do his part………. OH HELL NO!! Like most things, it started off well and went down hill from there. After a uneventful first inning, it would seem as if things were turning out way! Haseley and Hoskins got on base which allowed for Bryce Harper to hit a 3 run shot, his first of the season. Along with that Jean Segura singled and Jay Bruce got a triple to send him home. The Phillies gave Vince a 4 run cushion heading into the second inning. Then all hell broke lose. In the second inning alone Vince gave up 2 homers, a single, walked 2 batters and gave up three runs. There was some hope in the third when we got a Adam Haseley double, that eventually turned into a run due to error while pitching to Hoskins.
Did things improve? NO CHANCE IN HELL!!!! After settling down in the third inning, things only got out of hand. Vince allowed 3 more hits and 2 runs, giving the Marlins a 6-5 lead. From that point on it was a pummeling. Vince was taken out after giving up 3 hits, 4 runs, and 2 walks in 4 innings. The combination of Cole Irvin, Reggie McClain, and Nick Pivetta didn’t fare much better. They allowed 9 hits, 7 runs and walked two. While only recording three strike outs. The only bright spot pitching wise was Hector nerris. He went 0.2 innings,with 0 hits, 0 runs, and 1 strike out.
It was a game where everything that could go wrong, did. The pitching was embarrassing from start to finish. Not to mention the fact that they again stranded guys on base. They left 11 guys on base with a chance to score. The positives? Not many but i’ll do my best. Adam Haseley, was the Phillies best hitter for the the day. He went 4-6 with a RBI, 2 singles and 2 doubles. For comparison, Roman Quinn in 2 games had 7 plate appearances and only 1 hit. Haseley had a better performance in one game than Quinn had in two. If this is a sign of things to come with the young outfielder, the more Haseley the better. With time off to quarantine, and get ready for the newest series we head to New York. The Phillies will face The Yankees with Jake Arrieta facing off against former Houston cheat I mean Houston Astro Gerrit Cole. Here’s hoping for things to get back on track as The Sprint To The Finish continues !