Instant Replay: Padres 3, Phillies 0

Instant Replay: Padres 3, Phillies 0


SAN DIEGO — Looking for a low point in this dreadful Phillies season?

This might have been it.

The Phillies were swept in a three-game series by the San Diego Padres, owners of baseball's worst offense. The Padres completed the sweep with a 3-0 win on Wednesday afternoon.

Padres starter Clayton Richard entered the game leading the majors in hits allowed (188), opponents' batting average (.323) and opponents' on-base percentage (.376), and yet the Phillies were shut out on three hits by the veteran lefty.

The Phillies were outscored 18-8 in the series. They went 1-5 against the Padres this season.

The Phillies have the worst record in the majors at 43-75. They are on pace for 103 losses. They are 19-44 on the road.

Starting pitching report
Rookie Nick Pivetta had one of those games where his potential shined, but so did his inexperience and inconsistency.

He came out of the gate throwing a bunch of curveballs and had good success with the pitch. Eight of his first nine outs were strikeouts and all but one of them ended with a curveball. He ended up with a career-high 11 strikeouts, but failed to get an out in the sixth inning. In all, he allowed five hits and three runs in his five innings of work. He walked three, committed a balk and was on the mound for five stolen bases (see story).

Following the game's final out, Pivetta was optioned to Triple A Lehigh Valley. He is likely to return to pitch in Tuesday's doubleheader against Miami. The Phils will use Pivetta's roster spot to add a position player while Odubel Herrera recuperates from a hamstring issue.

Richard walked one and struck out six in his first shutout since 2012. He is 6-12.

Bullpen report
Edubray Ramos and Adam Morgan cleaned it up for the Phillies.

No bullpen necessary for the Padres.

At the plate
The Phillies had a runner on second base three times and never advanced from there.

Wil Myers got the Padres on the board with an RBI single against Pivetta with two outs in the fourth. It drove home Carlos Asuaje, who had led off the frame with a double. Myers swiped home on a double steal for the Padres' second run in that inning. Hunter Renfroe's RBI single in the sixth made it a 3-0 game.

The Padres had just seven hits.

Health check
Herrera did not play for a second straight day because of a sore left hamstring. Manager Pete Mackanin hopes to have Herrera in San Francisco (see story).

Up next
The Phillies move on to San Francisco for a four-game series beginning on Thursday night. Here are the pitching matchups:

Thursday night — RHP Aaron Nola (9-7, 3.02) vs. RHP Jeff Samardzija (7-12, 4.74)

Friday night — RHP Zach Eflin (1-4, 5.76) vs. LHP Matt Moore (3-12, 5.71)

Saturday night — Jerad Eickhoff (3-7, 4.33) vs. LHP Ty Blach (8-8, 4.37)

Sunday afternoon — RHP Mark Leiter (1-3, 4.38) vs. Madison Bumgarner (3-5, 2.99)

Gabe Kapler names Jim Gott Phillies' bullpen coach

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Gabe Kapler names Jim Gott Phillies' bullpen coach

Gabe Kapler on Friday added to his coaching staff by naming Jim Gott the Phillies' bullpen coach.

Gott was the minor-league pitching coordinator for the Angels the last five seasons and the pitching coach for the Arizona League Angels the three years prior to that role.

He played for the Blue Jays, Giants, Pirates and Dodgers over 14 major-league seasons as a starter and reliever. Gott, now 58 years old, compiled a 3.87 ERA while making 96 starts and converting 91 saves.

Kapler and the Phillies still need to name a pitching coach and first-base coach. Last week, they named Dusty Wathan third-base coach and hired John Mallee as hitting coach, while retaining Rick Kranitz, who was the assistant pitching coach last season (see story). He could fill the main pitching coach vacancy, although his role is currently to be determined.

In 2017, Bob McClure served the Phillies as pitching coach and Mickey Morandini was first-base coach.

MLB Notes: Astros' Jose Altuve, Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton claim MVP awards

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MLB Notes: Astros' Jose Altuve, Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton claim MVP awards

Houston Astros dynamo Jose Altuve has won the American League MVP award, towering over New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge by a wide margin.

The 5-foot-6 Altuve drew 27 of the 30 first-place votes in balloting by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Altuve batted a major league-best .346. He hit 24 home runs with 81 RBIs, scored 112 times, stole 32 bases and showed a sharp glove at second base.

The 6-foot-7 Judge won the AL Rookie of the Year award Monday. He set a rookie record with 52 home runs.

Jose Ramirez of the Cleveland Indians finished third. The award was announced Thursday.

Altuve helped lead the Astros to their first World Series championship. Voting for these honors was completed before the postseason began.

Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton won the NL MVP award, barely edging Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds.

In the closest MVP vote since 1979, Stanton became only the sixth player to win from a losing team. Stanton led the big leagues with 59 home runs and 132 RBIs (see full story).

MLB: Manfred says pace changes will happen with or without union
Major League Baseball will change rules to speed games next year with or without an agreement with the players' association.

Management proposed last offseason to institute a 20-second pitch clock, allow one trip to the mound by a catcher per pitcher each inning and raise the bottom of the strike zone from just beneath the kneecap to its pre-1996 level at the top of the kneecap. The union didn't agree, and clubs have the right to impose those changes unilaterally for 2018.

Players and MLB have held initial bargaining since summer, and MLB chief legal officer Dan Halem said this week he would like an agreement by mid-January.

"My preferred path is a negotiated agreement with the players, but if we can't get an agreement we are going to have rule changes in 2018 one way or the other," baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday after a quarterly owners' meeting.

Nine-inning games averaged a record 3 hours, 5 minutes during the regular season and 3:29 during the postseason.

There are ongoing talks for a new posting system with Japan to replace the deal that expired Nov. 1, one that would allow star Japanese pitcher/outfielder Shohei Otani to leave the Pacific League's Nippon Ham Fighters to sign with a big league team (see full story).

Mariners: Team makes trade, raises available money for Japan's Otani​
The Seattle Mariners have gained more flexibility if they want to try to sign star Japanese pitcher/outfielder Shohei Otani.

They acquired an additional $500,000 for their international signing bonus pool from the Chicago White Sox in a trade for Brazilian right-hander Thyago Vieira.

Otani, a 23-year-old right-hander, would be limited to a minor league contract with a signing bonus under Major League Baseball's new collective bargaining agreement. The trade announced Thursday increases the Mariners' available money for a signing bonus to $1,557,500. Seattle has spent $3,942,500 on bonuses in the signing year that started July 2 from a pool that rose to $5.5 million with the trade.

The 24-year-old Vieira made his major league debut with a scoreless inning against Baltimore on Aug. 14, his only big league appearance. He was 2-3 with two saves and a 3.72 ERA in 29 games this year for Double-A Arkansas and 0-1 with two saves and a 4.58 ERA in 12 games for Triple-A Tacoma.

Chicago is restricted to a maximum $300,000 signing bonus because it exceeded its pool in a previous year under the old labor contract.