That did not go according to plan! If you wrote this up as a ten-run loss, then I salute you, sir. I think we all expected better from this team. However, I’d be lying if I didn’t expect a game like this sooner or later. We’ve been hotter than Sofia Vergara in a bikini as of late. So let’s dive in and discuss!
There’s not much to say bout the offense. It had another bad day. You got four hits in total and only one run. Your hits came from Bryce Harper, Kyle Garlick, Andrew Knapp, and Neil Walker. Your only source of offense came from a solo shot from Knapp. Knapp was 1-2 with a home run and a walk. He’s batting .462 and has played far better than any of us expected him too. While It’s not great, I can only hope the offense picks back up in the final game of the series.
Nola was not Ace Nola. That wasn’t entirely his fault, but his stuff was not his usual Ace material. His pitches were hanging in the zone, and his location was off. Not to mention his defense did nothing to help him. You had fielding errors in both the outfield and infield from Adam Haseley and Rhys Hoskins. When your pitching against an Ace like Jacob deGrom, you can’t make errors like this. Nola allowed only three runs on eight hits, with one walk, and struck out ten batters through 5.1 innings of work. Don’t worry, Nola, there’s always next time.
The bullpen had It’s first bad day in over five games. They allowed eight runs on nine hits, with one walk and four strikeouts through 2.2 innings of work. When Blake Parker is giving up a three-run shot, you know it’s not your day. Over the last six games, the pen has given up a total of eleven runs. The fifteen games before that, the team gave up 38 runs. My magic number is 28-30 for the number of runs the pen gives up in the next 15. It’ll signal a 28-30 run swing going from the first 15 to the next 30. One can only hope we reach that mark as The Sprint To The Finish rages on!