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Freddy Galvis hits grand slam as Phillies cap rough trip out West with loss to Padres

Freddy Galvis hits grand slam as Phillies cap rough trip out West with loss to Padres

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SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Padres might have the worst record in the National League, but they weren’t the worst team on the field Sunday afternoon.

Not by a long shot.

That distinction belonged to the Phillies, who looked flat for most of the game and played horrendously in a 9-3 loss at Petco Park.

The defeat provided a fitting end to a six-game road trip in which the Phillies lost four times, were shut out twice and scored just 15 runs in total.

They were on their way to being shut out again Sunday before scoring three times in the eighth. The Padres made two errors in the inning.

Freddy Galvis, who spent a dozen years in the Phillies organization before being traded to the Padres in December, came back to haunt his old club with a third-inning grand slam against Jake Arrieta in the loss. Galvis has 10 hits and nine RBIs against his old team in six games this season.

The defeat knocked the Phillies back into a first-place tie in the NL East with victorious Atlanta.

The Phillies lost two of three to a rugged Arizona team in Phoenix then rolled into San Diego looking to do some damage against three rookie starting pitchers.

Didn’t happen.

Jacob Nix pitched six shutout innings and held the Phils to four hits in 2-0 loss to the Padres on Friday night.

The Phillies won Saturday night’s game behind Aaron Nola then came back Sunday and did nothing against lefty Joey Lucchesi, another San Diego rookie. Lucchesi held the Phillies to two hits over six shutouts inning.

Arrieta began the trip with eight shutout innings against Arizona in a game the Phillies kicked away and lost, 3-2, in 14 innings.

He was a different guy in this one. He allowed eight hits, two walks and five runs in five innings.

Arrieta struggled from the get-go, allowing a pair of hits and a run in the first inning. It took a freakish bounce off the backstop and an unusual rundown play for Arrieta to get out of a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the second inning.

In the third inning, everything went bad for Arrieta. He allowed a pair of hits to lead off the inning, but the second one should not have happened. Eric Hosmer hit a tapper halfway between home plate and the mound. Arrieta could have made a play on the ball — in fact, it was his play — but catcher Jorge Alfaro, who has made similar plays very well this season, converged on the ball at the same time as Arrieta and no one was able to make a play.

After the infield hit by Hosmer, Arrieta retired two batters and walked Austin Hedges on four pitches to load the bases and bring Galvis to the plate. Galvis entered the game hitting .235 so Arrieta likely felt good about his chances facing the Padres’ shortstop.

Galvis, however, has always had sneaky power and he does look to drive the ball. Sometimes that mindset gets him in trouble, but it didn’t this time. He drove a 2-2 sinker over the centerfield wall for the first grand slam of his career. Galvis’ slam was no cheapie. He hit it 406 feet to capitalize on the misplayed ball earlier in the inning.

That wasn’t the only miscue the Phillies made. Rhys Hoskins and Asdrubal Cabrera failed to make plays on balls that were ruled hits and Maikel Franco made a base-running blunder then topped it off with a throwing error that resulted in Travis Jankowski scoring from third base in the seventh. Jankowski walked, stole two bases, giving him four on the day, and scored on the error. It was that kind of day. The Phils made another error to fuel three San Diego runs in the ninth. For the day, the Padres stole six bases.

Things don’t get easier for the Phillies, who are 65-52. They are off on Monday and host Boston, the best team in the majors, in a two-game series on Tuesday and Wednesday. After that, it’s five against the Mets, three against the Nationals, three against the Blue Jays, three more against the Nationals and three against the Cubs.

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Nationals 2, Phillies 0: Max Scherzer outduels Jake Arrieta as Phillies lose nightcap of doubleheader

Nationals 2, Phillies 0: Max Scherzer outduels Jake Arrieta as Phillies lose nightcap of doubleheader

Updated: 11:19 p.m.

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Two runs in 18 innings didn’t cut it for the Phillies Wednesday in Washington, D.C. 

The Phils fell to the Nationals in the second game of their doubleheader, 2-0. They lost in the afternoon, 6-2 (see observations)

Brian Dozier crushed a 3-2 sinker from Jake Arrieta that split the plate over the left-field wall in the second inning to give the Nationals the lead. The only other hit Arrieta allowed in his six innings was a fourth-inning single by Adam Eaton.

Victor Robles added an insurance run in the eighth inning with a homer off Pat Neshek.

Max Scherzer outdueled Arrieta in a contest between former Cy Young Award winners, throwing seven scoreless innings and recording 10 strikeouts.

The Phillies are 39-34, four games behind the Braves in the NL East. 

Quite a sight 

Scherzer started despite breaking his nose in batting practice Tuesday, when he bunted a foul ball against his face.

He took the mound looking like he’d already been through a fight or two, with a dark bruise encircling his right eye. 

Sluggish start

Jean Segura led off with a single that could have been a double had he run hard out of the box. Juan Soto dove and failed to catch Segura’s bloop to shallow left field, but Segura settled for a single despite the ball ending up behind Soto. Segura was stranded on third base when Scherzer struck out Rhys Hoskins looking on a 3-2 breaking ball to end the inning.

It was a missed opportunity for the Phillies’ offense against Scherzer, who’s allowed 10 first-inning runs in 16 starts this season and pitched like the three-time Cy Young Award winner he is once he escaped the early trouble. 

Arrieta’s night 

Outside of his lapse to Dozier, Arrieta was excellent. 

He induced just one swinging strike on 48 sinkers but spotted the pitch well down in the zone. Ten of Arrieta’s 18 outs came via the ground ball. 

Manager Gabe Kapler elected to pinch-hit for Arrieta in the top of the seventh, sending J.T. Realmuto to the plate with two outs and Cesar Hernandez on second base. Realmuto struck out swinging.

Tip of the cap 

Like Arrieta, Scherzer pitched very, very well. His electric stuff helped him power through the Phillies’ best threat of the night.

He worked around Hernandez’s leadoff double in the seventh by getting Brad Miller to swing through a 97.5 mph, 3-2 fastball, striking out Andrew Knapp on a 96.7 fastball and baffling Realmuto with a wipeout slider on his 117th and final pitch of the night. 

A nightmare return

Neshek's first game back from the injured list couldn't have gone much worse. After serving up a one-out home run to Robles, Neshek got Kurt Suzuki to fly out to left field. He then grimaced following a 1-0 sinker to Trea Turner that missed outside. Neshek left the game with a limp.

Kapler told reporters after the game that Neshek has a left hamstring strain and will "likely" go on the IL again.

Seeing the ball well … just not hitting it 

Bryce Harper was hitless in the doubleheader, though he did walk four times. He saw 16 pitches in three plate appearances against Scherzer. 

Harper’s struggles against the fastball continued as he swung through or fouled off four heaters in the heart of the zone. 

Still no sign of Franco 

Maikel Franco started neither game of the doubleheader. Scott Kingery played third base in the afternoon, Miller in the nightcap. In June, Franco is hitting .143 (4 for 28). His last multi-hit game was on May 13, and it appears he’s no longer a regular option for Kapler.

Up next

The Phillies wrap up their series against the Nationals Thursday night (7:05 p.m./NBCSP).

They begin a seven-game homestand Friday with the first matchup of a three-game set vs. the last-place Marlins. 

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Nationals 6, Phillies 2: Bats go silent in first game of doubleheader

Nationals 6, Phillies 2: Bats go silent in first game of doubleheader

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After two straight nights of rainouts, the Phillies were well-rested heading into the first game of a doubleheader against the Nationals. 

Didn’t help. They got stuck in the mud. 

The Phillies lost 6-2 this afternoon and will now try to even the series at a game apiece in a few hours when they send Jake Arrieta to the mound. 

Zach Eflin gave the Phillies six innings and gave up just two earned runs, but the bats didn’t back him up again. Eflin now has a 6-7 record on the season and the Phillies have scored a total of 11 runs (an average of just 1.57 runs per game) in his seven losses. 

Any chance of a Phillies’ comeback was ruined in the bottom of the eighth inning, when the Nationals added another three insurance runs against Cole Irvin. First, Brian Dozier hit a two-run shot and then Gerardo Parra added a solo homer. The Phils added a run in the top of the ninth, but too little, too late. 

Oh well. Time to get ready for tonight’s game in just a few hours. 

At least he hustles

In the top of the sixth inning, Bryce Harper tried to generate a little offense after a walk to lead off the inning. He tried to make it to third on a Scott Kingery single but was gunned out by Parra at third base for the first out of the inning. 

After Harper was thrown out, Rhys Hoskins singled. At worst, the Phillies would have had bases loaded, no outs for J.T. Realmuto. Instead, Realmuto grounded into a fielder’s choice and Sean Rodriguez grounded out to end the top of the frame. 

The Phillies lost their chance to tie the ballgame or take a lead and Washington added a run in the bottom of the inning. 

Fit for a King(ery)

Scott Kingery stayed hot from the plate on Wednesday. He homered on a 1-2 count in the top of the first inning for his ninth bomb of the season. He came into the day batting .344 and had another multi-hit game, his third in four games. 

Kingery did have a throwing error in the first inning that led to the unearned run the Nats scored in the bottom of the first inning. 

Eflin’s day  

Eflin pitched well again today, but the Phillies just didn’t give him enough support, which has been all too common this season. He went 6 innings, gave up 3 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits, with 3 walks and 7 Ks. He’s gotten losses in each of his last two starts after giving up just two earned runs in each. 

Up next 

After rainouts for a couple straight days, the Phillies have another game tonight with first pitch in Washington at 7:05 p.m. Jake Arrieta (6-5, 4.31 ERA) will take the mound for the Phillies in the second game. He’ll be opposed by Max Scherzer (5-5, 2.81), who actually broke his nose during a freak batting incident yesterday.

After today, the Phillies are scheduled to have one more game in Washington (a 7:05 start time) on Thursday, before getting out of town and hopefully away from soggy weather. They’ll start a three-game home series against the Marlins on Friday and then welcome the Mets to town for four starting Monday. 

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