PHILADELPHIA — The Giants knew this road trip would be tougher than it looked when the schedule came out. The young Braves did not live up to the hype, but the young Phillies certainly did.
The first night of a week in Pennsylvania was a disaster, an 11-0 loss that was ugly in all respects. Jeff Samardzija got shelled and had another concerning outing, the bullpen turned the game into a boat race, the lineup couldn’t touch Zach Eflin, and the defense was once again shaky.
The loss snapped a four-game winning streak. Here are the particulars …
--- Samardzija has always had an issue with the long ball, and the Phillies got a couple of looooooong homers in his four innings. In the first, Odubel Herrera followed a couple of walks with a home run that landed in the visiting bullpen in center field. Cesar Hernandez went upper tank in right for a two-run shot in the fourth. Samardzija was charged with five earned on four hits and three walks.
--- There was a bit of good news, though. Samardzija has been sitting 90-92 in the first inning of previous starts but he was up to 96 in the long first inning Monday. He topped out at 97.3 mph with a pitch to Herrera in the third that was easily his fastest of the year. The velocity is back, so he appears to be healthy. Now he just needs to figure out the command.
--- D.J. Snelten, The Big Snelt, had to wear it after Samardzija finished up. Snelten threw 56 pitches out of the bullpen and gave up five runs on a pair of homers. The first was a shot to center by Carlos Santana that landed in Gorkys Hernandez’s glove and then popped out and over as he slammed into the padded wall.
--- The Giants made three errors on the night, one each by Brandon Crawford, Evan Longoria and Hernandez. They have 19 errors in their past 15 games. That's not what this team was supposed to be about.