Blooped, bunted and grunted: loss in Seattle

The Phillies looked so good on Monday night in Seattle. The team flew out of Philly and got into Seattle late into the morning, and smashed out 17 hits in a convincing 9-0 win. That was Monday, and a lot of people were thinking the Phillies had found themselves.

Enter Aaron Nola, the Phillies starter for Tuesday night, and the outcome was different for the Phils. The game seemed to get off to a strange start from what we saw on the previous night. First, the Phils have not been scoring runs when Nola has been starting prior to his last start. This continued for a long part of this game. Seattle pitcher, Robbie Ray, (who has a very loud grunt he expels every pitch) had the Phils without a hit into the 5th inning.

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The even more baffling part of the night was when the Seattle Mariners kept getting what is commonly referred to as ‘garbage hits’. Sometimes though, that kind of hit can carry a team in a game, and last night was one of those games. The Phils found themselves in a quick hole in the first two innings that the Mariners batted. A bloop flare started the game off for the Mariners, but as we saw, sometimes you can capitalize on those. The next batter knocks a double down the left-field line, and just like that, it was runners at second and third with no one out. A broken-bat single scored the first runner from third, then another couple of batters later, a swinging bunt brought in the 2nd run for the Mariners in the bottom of the first.

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The Phillies bats were silent for the first 4 innings, the first run came off of a Nick Castellanos HR in the 5th which broke up the no-hitter that Robbie Ray had going. Ray kept the Phillies at bay for most of this game, they couldn’t get going but did rally in the 9th leading to the 5-4 loss. Bright spots: Castellanos, Hoskins, and Segura go deep. Not so bright: No runners on base for any of the three home runs on the night.

Joe Girardi got into a heated argument with the umpire over a first base call, Joe G actually made contact with his finger with the umpire, Bill Miller, the crew chief at 3rd base, just after being ejected. That was the 7th time Girardi had been ejected as Phillies manager, and the first since 9-17-21. So we’ll see if he gets a fine for this on Wednesday.

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