Friday night’s Phillies game against the Diamondbacks was utterly awful. The only entertainment of the game turned out to be a young fan who ran onto the field, stripped off his shirt and danced around, much to the dismay of security officers chasing him. The run down took quite a while, but security eventually tacked him. It was pretty amusing; even the arresting officer was seen grinning as he escorted the fan off the field.
And yes, that was the highlight of the game, unfortunately. The 10-2 loss was ripe with struggling bats, bad base running and many errors. The Phillies managed only 7 hits and both RBI came off the bat of Cameron Rupp, who had a single and a triple. Although, the triple would have been an inside-the-park home run had Rupp actually been running instead of doing the home run trot around first base.
In the field, Cesar Hernandez was flat out awful. He had 2 errors in the game, making it a total of 7 already this year. Tommy Joseph had an error as well and his batting average has dipped down to .250 as he went 0-3 in the game. Joseph has had 2 hits in his last 27 at-bats.
But the worst player of the game has to go to pitcher Adam Morgan. He allowed 7 runs, 4 earned, in 4.1 innings and now has an ERA of 6.49. Later in the game, Elvis Araujo gave up 3 runs, including back-to-back homers in the 7th inning.
The Phillies started out the year with pretty good pitching; that has suddenly gone way downhill with 4 out of 5 starters getting blown out in the last week. The offense is still awful and the defense seems to get worse by the day. On the bright side, maybe another person or a small animal will run out onto the field again today. We seriously need some entertainment.
Here is the full Photo Album from Friday’s game.