Instant Replay: Angels 7, Phillies 1

Instant Replay: Angels 7, Phillies 1


ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Phillies saw their five-game winning streak ended in a 7-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night as Albert Pujols drove in five runs, capped by a three-run homer in the seventh inning.  

After totaling 32 runs during their second-longest unblemished stretch of the season, including outbursts of nine, 10 and seven runs, the Phillies went cold against Ricky Nolasco. The Angels’ right-hander had been serving up home runs on a platter, allowing an average of 1.23 dingers per start coming into the game, but the Phillies could not crack Nolasco.   

Starting a cross-country road trip that will take them from Orange County to Denver before wrapping up in Atlanta, the Phillies lost their 10th straight against the Angels and dropped to 1-10 overall in the interleague series. Their lone win took place at Angel Stadium on June 9, 2003.  
The Phillies arrived to an unusual summer thunderstorm that washed out batting practice.

It didn’t seem to matter when Tommy Joseph picked up his 11th RBI in as many games with a first-inning single that drove in Cesar Hernandez, but the Angels responded in the fifth with a two-out, two-run double by Pujols. 

Mike Trout came all the way around from first to put the Angels in front. Trout was 2 for 4 with a walk, picking up his third and fourth hits in 21 career at-bats against the Phillies. 

Joseph kept up his hot streak, going 2 for 3 with a double. He has eight multi-hit games dating back to July 1. However, Joseph struck out looking in the seventh with Andrew Knapp on third to end a promising chance to tie the game. 

Pujols then cracked his 608th career home run, and the Phillies were done and dusted.

Starting pitching report
Aaron Nola (8-7, 3.16) took the loss for the second time in his last eight starts. Nola gave up two runs on eight hits in six innings. He struck out three and walked one, but it was Trout who proved to be the go-ahead run.  

Nola appeared to be in decent shape until the fifth inning, but his inability to put away crafty Angels catcher Martin Maldonado took a toll. Although Maldonado went 0 for 3 against Nola, he needed 23 pitches to get those outs. A draining eight-pitch duel between Nola and Maldonado in the fourth set the stage for the heart of the Angels’ batting order to strike in the following inning.   

Nolasco (5-12, 4.90) was laboring early on, needing 55 pitches to get through three innings. Nolasco did himself no favors in the first inning by throwing a wild pitch that allowed Hernandez to advance to second base and then booting a groundball that allowed the Phillies' second baseman to reach third. 

But Nolasco was able to recover and ultimately gave up just one run on six hits in six innings. The Phillies had two runners on with no outs in his final inning of work, but Nolasco got Maikel Franco and Nick Williams to fly out and sat down Hyun Soo Kim with his fifth strikeout of the evening.  

Bullpen report
Phillies skipper Pete Mackanin said before the game he wanted to see how his relievers would respond after veterans Joaquin Benoit and Pat Neshek were traded. The early returns were not good, as Mark Leiter Jr. was tagged by the Angels’ biggest bats for three runs on three hits in one inning of work.

Leiter also hit a batter. 

Drew Anderson didn’t fare much better. Making his major-league debut after being called up from Double A Reading earlier in the day, Anderson gave up one earned run on two hits in the eighth. 

Anderson did strike out Trout to end the inning.  

At the plate
Hernandez didn’t wait long to reach base for the 13th time in 14 games since coming off the disabled list, hitting a single to start the game.

Kim doubled to right in the second inning for his first hit since being acquired from the Baltimore Orioles in a trade. Kim has reached base in four of eight plate appearances since joining the Phillies.

In the field
Williams made a sensational two-hop throw that allowed Knapp to tag out Yunel Escobar at the plate. The Angels challenged the call, but umpire Quinn Wolcott’s initial ruling stood after the video review and allowed the Phillies to get out of the third inning without giving up a run. 

Roster moves
After the game, the Phillies optioned Anderson to Double A and outfielder Cameron Perkins to Triple A. The club will make two corresponding roster moves on Wednesday.

With Jake Thompson pitching Wednesday, the Phillies will likely add two arms to their bullpen for insurance. Hector Neris and Luis Garcia had each pitched three consecutive days heading into Tuesday. And with the Phils in an AL ballpark the next two nights, they don't need the extra bench bat in Perkins.

Up next
Thompson (1-0, 4.50) picked up the win in his first start of the season against the Atlanta Braves, not allowing a run in five innings. Thompson, who has won three of his last four starts dating back to last season, will face off against Angels right-hander and former Phillie JC Ramirez (9-9, 4.29). 

Bryce Harper: Not signing J.T. Realmuto would be 'terrible and sad'

Bryce Harper: Not signing J.T. Realmuto would be 'terrible and sad'

Bryce Harper never stopped working out after baseball shut down. He hit three times a week back home in Las Vegas.

So it really wasn't surprising to see Harper launching balls into the empty seats at Citizens Bank Park on the first official day of the Phillies' restart Friday.

And it wasn't surprising to see him wearing his new favorite T-shirt, the one with teammate J.T. Realmuto's name and number 10 on the back.

The shirt was a giveaway last August and giveaways are always plentiful in the clubhouse. Harper wore one under his uniform a number of times late last season and is rocking it again during preparation for the new season. He has worn it three days in a row during workouts at Citizens Bank Park.

Harper is pretty shrewd when it comes to messaging. Look at the way he instantly connected with Philadelphia by embracing civic icons like the Eagles and the Phanatic last year.

Is there a message in his donning the Realmuto shirt three days in a row — with cameras catching it all? After all, Realmuto could become a free agent after the season and Harper, who's here for another dozen years, has long been on record as saying he'd like to see the Phillies lock up the catcher with a long-term deal.

"No message," Harper said after Friday's workout. "But I think J.T. is a great player. 

"If the Phillies don't end up signing him back, which would be terrible and sad, I think there's a lot of other teams out there that are going to want to sign the guy. He's a Gold Glove-caliber catcher every year, he's a great person, a great player. I mean everybody in this organization from the top down wants to see him in red pinstripes for the rest of his career and hopefully we can make that happen."

The Phillies and Realmuto were in the midst of negotiations when the game shut down in March. The two sides are now permitted to talk again, but general manager Matt Klentak has said the landscape is different because no games and no fans have equaled no revenues for the last three months. Klentak still hopes to get something done with Realmuto, maybe even by the season opener later this month. But the player is now a lot closer to free agency than he would have been in March and free agency can be enticing to a player. To be determined is whether the reduction in revenues throughout the game and the uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic will hurt the market for free agents this winter.

Message or not, Harper will continue to wear his Realmuto jersey. It's not hard to spot. It's white with maroon lettering. Pretty much everyone else on the field Friday wore red.

"I wore that underneath my jersey last year," Harper said. "It was actually a cut-off version. I wore it pretty much the whole second half of the season. It was T-shirt day at the ballpark and I wanted one. I stole one for this year as well because it was very comfortable underneath my jersey and I think it gave me a little bit of good luck."

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MLB spring training 2020: Chronicling Phillies’ first workout live from Citizens Bank Park

MLB spring training 2020: Chronicling Phillies’ first workout live from Citizens Bank Park

Happy Fourth of July weekend!

Happy Baseball!

We're back at Citizens Bank Park on this picture-perfect Friday morning for the start (or restart) of Phillies training camp — three weeks of workouts and intrasquad games before the 60-game sprint-to-October commences later this month.

I started the morning in the garden, where I whipped up a fresh five-gallon batch of critter repellent. Red pepper flakes, cayenne, chili powder, dish detergent, milk, a few eggs, a whole head of garlic. Fill with water and let that stuff sit in the sun and get all funkalicious. Sprinkle some around the garden every night. Guaranteed to keep the deer away. Picked a zuke and a summer squash on my way out the door and headed for the ballpark — with a quick stop at Wawa for a 16-ounce cup of rocket fuel.

It's good to be back and I hope everyone stays healthy so we can see this thing through.

The goal here is to provide some live or semi-live observations throughout this first workout. Keep checking back for updates.

Here we go:

9:45 a.m. — I checked into CBP. Had my temperature taken through a face imaging device. 98.2. I signed a waiver. Good to go.

9:50 a.m. — Arrived in press box. Same great view of Center City. Field is green and gorgeous. Reporters are restricted from wandering so this is where I'll be observing from. Shoot. I forgot my binocs. 

10 a.m. — Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer arrives in press box. He is wearing shorts. Legs are quite unathletic and he has apparently been taking the quarantine seriously because he hasn't gotten much sun.

10:04 a.m. — The grounds crew has finished prepping the field. Music is playing over the PA system. The ball bags are on the field. The batting cage is out. 

10:05 a.m. — There is some action in the visiting dugout. A coach has popped his head out. For spacing reasons, both clubhouses are being utilized. 

10:15 a.m. — A grounds crew member is nailing the rubber spike scraper to the mound. 

10:16 a.m. — Black Smoke Rising by Greta Van Fleet is playing on the PA system. Hmm.

10:17 a.m. — Catching coach/bullpen catcher Bob Stumpo is heading out to the 'pen with a big equipment bag.

10:26 a.m. — Joe Girardi emerges briefly on the field. He's in shorts and a T-shirt, big cup of Joe in his hand. Yes, he is masked.

10:27 a.m. — The grounds crew is putting down tarps around the batting cage.

10:29 a.m. — Good to see Brookie.

10:30 a.m. — Robert Palmer's Addicted to Love is playing. Ah, the '80s.

10:40 a.m. — Nick Pivetta, Vince Velasquez and Zach Eflin pop out of the dugout. Looks like they're heading to the concourse for some conditioning work. The concourse is being used as a work area to ease overcrowding in the weight room.

10:45 a.m. — The view from teammate John Airport...

10:50 a.m. — Grounds crew is watering the infield dirt. So relaxing and mesmerizing. Anybody who's ever done it knows what I'm talking about. 

10:53 a.m. — Just noticed — only one flag flying in center field. The Stars and Stripes. No championship flags, state or city flag.

10:54 a.m.Andrew McCutchen just walked from the stands down into the dugout. He is masked. Looks like he's spent some time in the weight room.

11:04 a.m. — J.T. Realmuto and Andrew Knapp have taken the field and are loosening up their hoses.

11:06 a.m. — Several coaches — Dusty Wathan, Juan Castro, Bobby Meacham, Mike Calitri — are on the field playing catch. Distanced and masked. Not all players are wearing masks, but they are distanced.

11:07 a.m. — Just saw a fist bump. Call the cops.

11:15 p.m. — Batting practice commences. McCutchen, Realmuto and Knapp in the first group. Wathan is pitching. Jukebox Hero is playing over the PA. 

11:20 a.m. — McCutchen hits one into the left field seats.

11:22 a.m. — Realmuto hits one out to right-center.

11:23 a.m. — Jake Arrieta is walking through the outfield. He's doing some stretching. He's wearing a muscle shirt and looks ready to dent some skulls.

11:27 a.m. — Realmuto powers two in a row into the left field seats. Line drives. 

11:35 a.m. — First round of BP is complete. Standard fare.

11:36 a.m. — Realmuto and Knapp are putting the gear on. Looks like Arrieta is getting ready to throw a 'pen.

11:40 a.m. — Realmuto and Knapp are doing receiving drills with the aid of a pitching machine. Stealing low strikes. 

11:42 a.m. — McCutchen is long tossing. Interested to see how he moves in outfield drills, if they are on the docket.

11:43 a.m. — Realmuto and Knapp headed to the bullpen to catch Arrieta and I'm not sure who the other guy is. Players are not wearing numbers.

11:45 a.m. — Arrieta indeed set to throw a bullpen.

11:46 a.m. — McCutchen headed to left field for drills.

11:54 a.m. — McCutchen is taking fly balls in left. He looks a lot better than he did in March. Still detecting a slight hitch in his giddyup, but he looks to be on the right course with three weeks to prepare.

Noon — Phil Gosselin in the cage taking some hacks.

12:01 p.m. — Really could use a za.

12:03 p.m. — Adam Morgan and Vinny Velo are playing catch. There are extra catchers here.

12:12 p.m. — Some new artwork in the press box. Pretty cool. 

12:14 p.m. — Adam Morgan and Vinny Velo are throwing in the bullpen. A Josh Harrison sighting. Looks like Zach Eflin might be preparing to throw a 'pen.

12:16 p.m. — Rhys Hoskins appears for BP. Lotta hair.

12:17 p.m. — Phil Gosselin dons first baseman's mitt and takes ground balls at the position. Kinda interesting.

12:20 p.m. — Now playing: Pour Some Sugar on Me. One lump or two?

12:21 p.m. — Coaches/staff are wearing masks. Most players are not, at least on the field while doing drills. They are wearing them when they head to the concourse for conditioning, etc. There's a lot of action going on behind the scenes. 

12:26 p.m. — Bryce Harper is in the batting cage. He's wearing his No. 10 Realmuto T-shirt. Hoskins is hitting in this group, too. Jean Segura, too. I know that short stroke.

12:32 p.m. — Harper hits three bombs in five swings, one the opposite way.

12:35 p.m. — Segura is hitting with a mask on. One of the few players wearing one on the field.

12:54 p.m. — Roman Quinn sighting. He's headed up to the concourse with a bat in his hands. Must be a tee and a net up there. Again, it's out of my view.

12:55 p.m. — Hoskins, Segura and Josh Harrison getting in some infield work. Segura is at third. Hoskins at first. Harrison at second.

1 p.m. — Things seem to be winding down, at least in the early session. Hoping to chat with some of the participants in a little while. So we'll call this a wrap for now. Thanks for following along. Happy baseball, happy gardening, stay safe. And, Breen, get some sun on those legs.

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