I cannot remember the last time I was as bored at a Phillies game as I was today. Literally, I could have slipped into a coma. Between the excessive heat and lack of any Phillies offense, it was basically nap time. The only thing that kept me awake was my disdain for the cheering Mets fans. And the only good news of the day is that all the Mets fans have gone home.
Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom blew through the Phillies line-up with ease; as if the Phillies players were asleep, along with the fans. Maybe the Mets spiked the Phillies Gatorade with Ambien? It is he only logical explanation for the total lack of activity from Phillies bats.
The only Phillies hit of the day came from the pitcher, Zach Eflin, who now has a higher batting average (.231) than Ryan Howard (.159), Freddy Galvis (.229) and Jimmy Paredes (.228). And he pitched pretty well; not his best outing, but still a quality start.
Alas, Eflin was all alone out there. Some fielding did occur behind him, but nothing exciting. And the total lack of hitting by the rest of his teammates made for a very boring and pathetic loss.
So the Mets are gone, having won 2 of 3 games in the series, and the Marlins are coming in next for four games.
Here is the full Photo Album from the final Mets game.
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The Phillies could not manage a win today and got for the 3 time in a row by the Diamondbacks with a 1-5 loss. The D-Backs had basically the same record as the Phillies going into the series; not so much anymore. Even Aaron Nola’s dad tossing out the first Father’s Day pitch could not bring this team luck.
The really sad part is that rookie Zach Eflin, in only his second major league game, pitched pretty well. He allowed only 2 runs over 5.2 innings, which was huge, considering in his first start last week he gave up 8 earned runs in under 3 innings. Eflin was pulled from the game in the 6th, a move that was a head scratcher to most.
Despite keeping the game close, the Phillies offense was nowhere to be found again. At one point, they finally had 2 runners on base with 1 out and the pitcher on deck. Freddy Galvis had a 2-0 count and it was obvious the D-Backs were pitching around him to get to the pitcher. But Galvis swung at the next pitch anyway and popped-out. That is a great example of how the Phillies are keeping themselves down. And they are the only ones who can pick themselves back up again.
But as the frustration and loosing continues, can they recover? Even the defense is falling down the same rabbit hole; there was another ridiculous error in the game, a dropped routine fly ball by Jimmy Paredes. And even Peter Bourjos, one of the better defenders, dropped to his bottom trying to field a ball.
So it was another pathetic and very ugly game. If the Phillies can manage to take just 1 game of this 4 game series, it will be a miracle. Game time on Monday is 1:05pm.
Here is the full Photo Album from the game.