You know it has been a rough day when you look back and realize the game highlight was seeing the Phanatic pinch an umpires behind. And yes, that was as good as it got today for the Phillies who went down in flames to the Padres by a score of 4-9.
I am pretty sure when Alec Asher pictured his major league debut, this was not what he had in mind. Asher was not awful, but allowed 4 runs in 5 2/3 innings on 8 hits and a walk. Three of those runs were due to home runs by Matt Kemp and Justin Upton. On the plus side, Asher’s father was able to announce his first at-bat over the PA system. Apparently, he used to be the announcer for the Lakeland Tiger’s Class A team.
The rest of the team did little to help Asher’s cause. Of course, Cameron Rupp, who is on a home run tear, smacked another one that was very impressive. Odubel Hererra had 4 hits, but got thrown out stealing once and leaning too far off first another time. Beyond that, not much positive was happening.
In fact, the bullpen was flat out horrendous. Hector Neris gave up a home run in one inning of work. And Adam Loewen allowed 4 runs without ever recording an out. And just not to be left out, Justin DeFratus allowed yet another run to score in the 9th inning. All 3 guys have ERA’s near or above 5, with Loewen’s 9.00 being the worst. It is really too bad because he has such great hair. I was rooting for the hair 😉
So the Phillies are off to New York to face the dreaded Mets again. And with this bullpen, the prospects are bleak. Cross your fingers…
Here is the Photo Album from the game.