Tomase: Workman has disastrous first outing with Phillies


Brandon Workman's introduction to Philadelphia did not go well.

The former Red Sox closer, traded on Friday night, was thrown immediately into the fire on Saturday in a crucial game against the NL East-leading Braves.

Summoned to protect a 4-3 lead in the eighth inning with the Phillies looking to halt a four-game losing streak, Workman served up a two-run double on his first pitch in a Philadelphia uniform. An inning later, he loaded the bases before Adam Duvall walked him off with a two-out single in Atlanta's 6-5 victory.

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"That's not the first impression I'm trying to make, obviously," Workman told reporters, including Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia. "That's not what I do on the mound. There's no excuse for that. I need to execute pitches better than I did tonight and do a better job getting the job done.

"I'm not happy at all with how I threw the ball."

The Phillies have blown leads in all five of their losses during this streak, and Workman was supposed to reverse that trend. Philly acquired him, along with right-hander Heath Hembree, in the hopes of remaking their beleaguered bullpen.

They gave up inconsistent right-hander Nick Pivetta and intriguing prospect Connor Seabold to get it done, but Workman proved no more effective than his predecessors in his debut.


"Obviously, I know the situation and how it's gone here, but that's not something I'm thinking about when I'm trying to do my job," Workman said. "I just didn't do my job tonight."

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