In what was one of the more miserable games of the season, the Phillies fell to the Pirates, 2-0.
Hamels Moves to 0-3:
-Just call it the Curse of Cliff. When your starting pitcher throws well enough that he should have a victory. Cole was pretty much on his game from the start, except for mistakes to Brandon Inge and Gaby Sanchez that hurt him. Hamels has gotten better every start since the first two duds of the year. In eight innings he gave up seven hits, two runs, one walk, and struck out six. Hamels tossed a season-high 118 pitches, with 82 strikes, a fantastic ratio. Unfortunately, it ended in a loss.
-The problem was someone named Jeff Locke outdoing him. Locke didn’t really outdo Hamels, per se, but did well on his own against a lifeless offense. The lefty Locke kept the Phils off balance, allowing no runs on two hits and two walks through six innings.
-Former Phillie Jason Grilli closed it out for his eighth save of the season in eight tries. He has not allowed a run yet this season. He’d look nice in the Phils pen, no?
Four Hits Won’t do it:
-John Mayberry Jr. tripled to lead off the fourth inning, followed by a Dom Brown HBP. The next batter, Ben Revere, tapped a grounder to third, and Mayberry inexplicably broke for home. It was cleanly fielded by Brandon Inge, who easily threw out Mayberry. With a ground ball enthusiast like Revere at the plate, there’s no way that was a hit-and-run scenario. Just terrible instincts by Mayberry and it cost them. Even if they were running on contact to avoid the DP, Mayberry should not be included in that because anything that gets through the infield is a sure run.
One batter later, Erik Kratz grounded into a 5-4-3 double play to end the inning that started with two on and no outs. That’s just brutal.
-With the temps settling into the 40′s as the sun went down, it’s easy to understand why fans aren’t coming out. It’s uninspired baseball in football weather. Is it worth it to shell out $100 or more if you’re going with the family to watch this sort of product? The inconsistencies must be maddening. The tally was 35,002 in the seats tonight, but it looked to be far less than 30K.
-Laynce Nix continues to thrive off the bench. With his single in the eighth, Nix is now 6-for-11 as a pinch hitter this year. He’s settled into that role nicely, and as we know, the bench has been an issue for quite a while.
-Chase Utley pinch-hit in the eighth but it was a brief appearance: he struck out.