very soon? likely. But the memories of all those May nights in Joe Girardi’s watch, when defense and defense cost the Phillies match after game, surely came back Thursday night with his ninth toe in the 6-5 loss to the Miami Marlins.
Having secured a one-time lead, David Robertson was de facto closer, aided by a mistake from 1st base captain Rhys Hoskins, enduring his second grueling outing in a row in a drop-off loss by just 19,073 at Citizens Bank Park.
And while it’s too early to send a distress signal – even after the Milwaukee Brewers swept a double-header to shave the Phillies’ lead in the final playoff of the National League’s 2½ games – it could see Seranthony Domínguez return after only a second appearance in the league. .
“Okay, we’ll talk to him [Friday] “Find out exactly where he is and how he feels and we’ll make a decision,” interim manager Rob Thompson said. “But it looked like it was really good.”
Just hours before Robertson ditched what would have been another fantastic comeback against NL Cy Young favorite Sandy Alcantara, Domínguez beat back-to-back walk in a goalless tour of Triple A Lehigh Valley. Thompson said reports indicated Domínguez was tossing “98 to 100 miles per hour.
Meanwhile, Robertson saw another drop in his speed. His cut averaged 91.8 mph, down from his season average of 93.2 mph. Thompson suspected Robertson was “a little tired,” which isn’t surprising. Not only is the 37-year-old on his first full season of Tommy John surgery, but the Phillies counted on him, asking him to throw a 41-court-high last Sunday in San Francisco.
“I feel good,” Robertson said. “My marigold may be below a mark. I don’t look at the board at that. It feels good coming out of my hand. I feel like it was just one of those days I didn’t get the job done. I just didn’t make enough good pitches.”
Robertson ceded the lead double to Garrett Cooper, who scored the equalizer when hitter Joey Wendell ripped under Hoskins’ gauntlet.
“I was trying to go take a short jump and I didn’t get it, obviously,” Hoskins said. “Looking back, just where I was on the field, I thought it was my best chance to get a good jump.”
Robertson followed Avicel Garcia’s walk onto the field with a full count miss and allowed a single shot through the right flank by Brian Anderson.
The Phillies were unable to rally at the bottom of the ninth inning, as the Marlins avoided a three-game sweep. The Phillies have lost just the 10th time in 42 games against Miami, Washington, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh – the four worst teams in the league. Washington comes to town for three games starting Friday night.
Defensive errors and late half collapses were common for Velez’s side early in the season and were largely responsible for Gerardi’s June 3 shooting.
But with Dominguez Since mid-August With triceps tendonitis and Corey Nebel losing this season to a shoulder injury, the ranks of the loyalists are getting skinny. It is one of the reasons for the existence of Feliz Consider the prospect of Griff McGarry in a relief role.
“Every loss is frustrating no matter what time of year it is,” Hoskins said. “We’re trying to win as many baseball games as possible, but we’re going to win the series and move on to the weekend.”
Velez thought they had beaten Alcantara for the third time in as many months and the fourth time this season. They rallied in the fifth inning after Marlins quarterback JJ Blade dropped a routine fly ball that would have been the third and the ball that turned triple was put in the green light for Alec Bohm.
Alcantara has made five games against the Phillies this season and allowed 13 assists gained in 35⅔ runs for a 3.28 ERA. Overall, he has 2.43 ERA.
“I don’t make lists, but if you’re making a list of the best shooters in the game, you’re talking about him,” Bohm said. “You get to it, you get the lead, you want to close it. But that didn’t happen, and we move on to the next stage.”
Velez will likely face Alcantara again next week in Miami.
Six nights after the shortest start to his career (1⅔ round in San Francisco), Kyle Gibson put the Phillies on a 3-0 hole in the third inning and gave up the green light in the fifth inning after they tied the match against Alcantara.
The Marlins scored a total of 16 points in their previous 10 games. But they made a lot of strong calls against Gibson. In the third of three runs, Lowen Diaz (Homer), John Bertie (single) and Garrett Cooper (double) all posted exit speeds of over 100 mph.
“I kind of lost the sense of my cutter,” Gibson said. “All three balls they hit were on breakers.”
After a nine-round run of 2.80 ERAs and the Phillies’ family went 5-2, Gibson allowed 11 runs in 6 runs over his last two matches.
After a wrecked minor league assignment in two games that preceded his return from a two-month absence due to a broken left thumb, Bryce Harper warned that he I haven’t seen a lot of broken pitches He’s in Triple A and still feels like he needs to get his rhythm back on the board.
Harper has rocked three times against Alcantara, twice in changes, and has spread in 10 of his last 16 games overall. He’s 11 for 42 with eight walks since his comeback but only has three extra base strokes and never has.