Posted by Alex Lee, Tue, June 11, 2013 11:12 PM Comments: 54
It took the Phillies offense eight innings to get two hits in one frame on Tuesday night. Ryan Howard’s two-out eighth inning single tied the score at two. It took their bullpen only five batters to give it right back, as a Justin Morneau single off Antonio Bastardo a half inning later sealed their fate against the Twins. The 3-2 loss was the fourth straight for the Phils.
At this point, you have to feel Cole Hamels’ pain. The lefty was nowhere near sharp, but he refused to come unglued and kept his team in the game. The Phillies have now scored 31 runs for Hamels in his 14 starts. Yuck.
OFFENSE IMPATIENT AGAINST WALTERS
- All night, the Phillies were swinging early and often at the low-to-mid 80s fastball of P.J. Walters. I don’t remember the last time I saw a mediocre pitcher have such an easy time with a major league lineup… or at least not one based north of Miami. The Phillies had seven hits, but they only hit four balls hard by my count, two of which came off the bat of Michael Young.
- As an unexceptional Twins lineup grinded out quality at-bat after quality at-bat against the All-Star caliber Hamels, the Phils hacked at anything soft-tossing and unproven Walters threw towards the plate. Here are the pitches-per-inning for the two starters through six innings: Hamels: 18, 22, 18, 23, 11, 16 for 108 pitches. Walters: 13, 12, 8, 14, 17, 14 for 78 pitches. Wow.
- The Phillies were able to scratch out a second run in the top of the eighth, stringing together three singles, the last coming from Howard. With runners on, the Twins were unable to play the shift and the not-so-Big Piece ripped a hanging breaking ball through the infield to tie the game at two. A single from Michael Young in the third accounted for the team’s first run.