The Phillies (32-45) got down against the Giants (49-28) three different times during this afternoon’s ballgame but managed to battle back every single time. However, the Giants were able to avoid extra innings against the Phils and win it in 9 innings as Connor Gillaspie’s RBI double pushed home the game winning run in walk-off fashion. The Phillies failed again to win a series as the loss in today’s rubber match gives San Francisco the weekend series victory.
The Phillies’ offense has come alive on this current road trip, despite losing 4 of the 6 games so far, and today was no different. The Phillies turned in another double digit hit performance as a team as they recorded 12 hits in today’s ballgame. The Phillies got on the board in the top of the 1st inning thanks to a sacrifice fly by Tommy Joseph. The Giants would score 5 unanswered runs to take a 5-1 lead after 3 innings. The Phillies began to chip away, scoring 2 in the 4th inning thanks to RBI singles by Carlos Ruiz and Freddy Galvis. Cody Asche’s two-RBI single in the 5th inning tied the game up at 5. The back and forth game would continue from this point on as Brandon Crawford’s RBI single in the bottom of the 6th gave the Giants the lead back at 6-5. The Phillies answered in the top of the 7th thanks to a solo home run by Odubel Herrera that made it a 6-6 game. An RBI double by Angel Pagan in the bottom half of the inning put the Giants right back on top, however, with a 7-6 advantage. Chooch delivered another RBI single in the 8th inning that tied the game at 7. However, Gillaspie’s walk-off double in the 9th would be all the Giants needed to go home winners in this one. Peter Bourjos delivered three hits out of the two hole for the Phillies today, while Asche and Ruiz drove in 2 RBIs each to lead the Phillies. Pagan’s 4 for 5 performance with 2 RBIs and 3 runs scored led the way for the Giants.
Phillies starter Aaron Nola struggled again today, as he failed to pitch more than 4 innings for the fourth straight start. Nola was hit hard again, as he allowed 5 runs on 10 hits in just 3 and 1/3 innings pitched. It may be time to go back to the drawing board for the Phillies’ young right-hander as he is experiencing his first real extended struggles in the big leagues. Nola needs to show that he can work through his struggles if he wants to return to his early season form where he looked like the Phillies’ ace now and for many years to come. The three Phillies relievers to appear in the ballgame (Oberholtzer, Hernandez, and Gonzalez) each allowed an earned run while Gonzalez suffered his first loss of the season as he served up the game winning double to Gillaspie in the 9th. Giants starter Johnny Cueto has been one of the most effective pitchers in the NL this year, but the Phillies offense got to him in this one, as he 6 runs on 8 hits in 6 innings pitched, while earning a no decision. Cory Gearrin was the winning pitcher in today’s ballgame (his 3rd win of the year) as he recorded the final two outs in the 9th inning to keep the game tied.
The Phillies will travel to Arizona to begin the final 3 games of their current road trip tomorrow against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field. The last time the Phillies and Dbacks met, a week ago at Citizens Bank Park, the Dbacks swept the Phillies in four games and held the offense to just 5 runs in those 4 games. Vince Velasquez (5-2, 3.65 ERA) makes his return from the disabled list as he gets the start tomorrow for the Phillies against Dbacks starter Robbie Ray (4-6, 4.59 ERA). Velasquez looks to lead the Phillies to victory in his first start after returning from his biceps injury.
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