A night of firsts for Roman Quinn in Phillies' win over Pirates

A night of firsts for Roman Quinn in Phillies' win over Pirates


If it wasn’t clear enough from seeing him start in his first two games in the majors, Pete Mackanin was very clear about the plans for Roman Quinn over the final three weeks of another losing season.

“He’s going to play a lot,” Mackanin said Monday night.

This, of course, was after Quinn dazzled in his first game at Citizens Bank Park, helping the Phillies to a 6-2 win over the plummeting Pittsburgh Pirates (see Instant Replay).

Quinn, who was called up over the weekend from Double A Reading, went 2 for 4 with a pair of doubles and two RBIs in his home debut.

“Being home in Philly after being drafted here, it’s incredible,” Quinn said. “It’s an incredible feeling.”

Quinn, a second-round pick in the 2011 draft, picked up his first hits and his first stolen base Monday night. He also drew a walk. For the second straight game, he batted second in the order behind Cesar Hernandez.

The only difference Monday, other than the location of the game, was that he moved to right field after playing Sunday in center. Mackanin reiterated Monday afternoon that Odubel Herrera, the All-Star who’s having a mediocre second half, is the team’s centerfielder (see story)

Quinn will get work in the corner outfield spots. Mackanin said Quinn, along with Jorge Alfaro, will be able to make statements for themselves for their futures in the organization.

A home run from Freddy Galvis — his 18th of the season — and an RBI double off the bat of Cody Asche gave the Phillies a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second inning against Gerrit Cole, the Pittsburgh ace who made his return from the disabled list (elbow).

Cole then lost control and walked starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson — who earned the win with 6⅓ innings of one-run baseball — and Hernandez to load the bases for Quinn, who hit a two-run double into the corner in left field for his first career hit.

“It’s always good getting that first one out of the way,” Quinn said. “It felt great.”

Quinn’s first steal came in the first inning after he drew a walk. He stole 31 bases at Reading this season.

“It’s nice having that speed up front,” Mackanin said.

In the sixth inning, Quinn nearly hit his first career home run, blasting a 3-1 fastball from Antonio Bastardo off the wall in center.

For a guy listed at 5-foot-10 and 170 pounds, Quinn has some deceptive pop. He had six home runs and a .441 slugging percentage with Reading.

Mackanin recalled a time Quinn’s pop stood out during spring training.

“We were playing in Tampa against the Yankees and he hit one to dead center field,” Mackanin said. “It shocked everybody. He does have some pop. He hit that ball over the leftfielder's head and I thought for sure that ball was going out to center field. It’s nice to see.”

It’s nice for Quinn that he’s even here. After a hip flexor tear cost him time in 2015, an oblique issue had him out over a month into late July this year.

“I strained my oblique in June and didn’t think I was going to get a call-up at all,” Quinn said. “And hopefully it ends up working out for the best.

“I just had good people around me. My parents helped me a lot and my fiancé helped me a lot, too. They helped me keep my confidence and they encouraged me a lot.”

His fiancé, Jeni McLemore, is already in town. His parents will be here in the next couple of days.

That’s the now. 

Where they watch him play next year is still to be decided.

Watch Phillies Alec Bohm's loved ones' amazing reaction to his first career at-bat

Watch Phillies Alec Bohm's loved ones' amazing reaction to his first career at-bat

Phillies star prospect Alec Bohm made his major league debut at third base on Thursday night, a pretty big moment for the future of the organization. 

Things went wrong basically all night for the Phils - of course! - but the 24-year-old managed to smack his first career at-bat down the third base line for a double, quite a way to begin a career.

While his parents and girlfriend couldn't be in attendance at Citizens Bank Park because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, they were certainly watching. And, thanks to technology, we can watch their reactions to Bohm's first hit.

Here's what an MLB debut hit looks like in 2020:

Man, that's just the best. 

So much to love in a 41-second clip - Bohm's dad keeping his cool and noting the double; his mom's absolute exuberance; his girlfriend commenting on Bohm's smile - but my favorite part is the quote from his mom at the very end.

"Go baby go!"


After an otherwise brutal night for the Phils, I'm going to just keep watching this video on repeat. At least one thing went right.

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Are the Phillies this bad? Phils 5-9 after being swept by Orioles at home

Are the Phillies this bad? Phils 5-9 after being swept by Orioles at home

For the third straight night, the Phillies blew a multi-run lead against the Orioles in the middle innings. And for what feels like the 30th straight night, the Phillies' putrid bullpen didn't come close to keeping the game close.

It resulted in another loss as the Phillies were swept at home by the O's, losing 11-4 Thursday with seven of those runs coming against the Phils' bullpen.

Jake Arrieta had been cruising and the Phils built a two-run lead on J.T. Realmuto's opposite-field home run in the bottom of the fourth. But the next half-inning, Arrieta lost his command and couldn't pick up the final out with the bases loaded.

The Orioles scored four times in the fifth inning, the biggest hit a bases-clearing double from outfielder Anthony Santander.

Baltimore tacked on seven more runs against the Phillies' bullpen, which has a 10.13 ERA. Phillies relievers have allowed 48 earned runs in 42⅔ innings, which seems almost impossible.

"You have to be able to pitch to win games in this league, and quite frankly we just haven't thrown the ball well," Realmuto said. "We haven't done well late in games, in particular, when we've needed it. To win a division and to get to the playoffs, you need a really good bullpen. That's an area where we haven't done that well so far. We've got the guys to do it, we've just got to get better."

The Phillies are 5-9. They have the second-worst winning percentage in the National League, ahead of only the Pirates.

"It's concerning," Realmuto said. "With this shortened season, we've got to get it going quicker. It's definitely being talked about in the clubhouse. We're trying to pick each other up and stay positive. If you have one good week, you're back in it. Especially in our division, nobody is really running away with it yet."

Bohm's debut

Making his MLB debut, third baseman Alec Bohm's first major-league plate appearance ended with a double down the third-base line. He struck out looking in his second at-bat and flew out to a step in front of the warning track in right field to strand two runners in his third AB. In his final at-bat, he drilled a ball to the warning track in right-center for a flyout.

Bohm was also involved in Baltimore's fifth-inning rally. Pedro Severino rocketed a ball right under his glove at third base. It was the second-hardest hit ball of the night to that point and was a tough play but still probably one a big-league third baseman has to make.

Prior to the game, Phillies GM Matt Klentak described the team's plans to integrate Bohm into the everyday lineup.

Bryce and J.T. do it again

The Phillies are 5-9 but they might be something like 2-12 without their best two players. Realmuto hit a pair of two-run homers Thursday night, giving him 7 HR with 17 RBI on the season. Both home runs came after an extra-base hit from Bryce Harper, who doubled and tripled.

Harper is hitting .356 and leads MLB with a 1.202 OPS. Realmuto is hitting .292 and slugging .729, third to only Mike Trout and Aaron Judge. Realmuto has three more home runs than any other big-league catcher despite the Phillies having played a handful fewer games than most of the league.

There is a very good chance this is the hottest Harper and Realmuto will be in 2020. It would be hard to be hotter. If that's the case, the Phillies wasted all of this production.

Arrieta's night

Arrieta appeared to be on his way to another strong start before that fifth inning. He followed six shutout frames against the Braves with four zeroes Thursday night, extending his scoreless innings streak to 12 before the Orioles broke out.

"There's no reason I shouldn't have been able to throw at least seven innings in that game," Arrieta said. "A couple of runs should have been enough. Giving up four in the fifth kind of took the wind out of our sails. That one's completely my fault. I had multiple opportunities to make a pitch and get out of that inning. Just wasn't able to do it."

Through three starts, Arrieta has a 4.02 ERA with 14 strikeouts and two walks in 15⅔ innings.

More bad bullpening

Debuting Connor Brogdon was welcomed to the Phillies' bullpen by allowing two homers and three runs in 1⅓ innings. The Phillies have nine relievers with an ERA over 8.00 and ended up using position player Neil Walker for the final two outs.

Up next

The Phillies welcome the Mets to town for a three-game series this weekend. Jacob deGrom is scheduled to pitch for the Mets in Game 1. The Phillies will go with Spencer Howard for his second major-league start.

Aaron Nola starts for the Phillies Saturday, while Zack Wheeler faces his old team Sunday.

After the weekend, the Phillies play 10 straight games and 20 of their next 29 on the road.

"We obviously haven't performed up to our standards, that's for sure," Arrieta said. "There's really no time to worry about it. We just have to play better. We already have to catch up quite a bit."

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