SAN FRANCISCO — The Phillies ended a brutal trip out west with a 9-6 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Sunday night.
The Phillies, who led the NL East on June 11 but have now slipped to fourth place, ended the trip with two wins and five losses. They lost three of four in San Francisco and two of three in Arizona.
The Phillies suffered a pair of losses in San Francisco in which they had just one and three hits in those games. They had enough offense in this game — 10 hits — but it wasn’t timely. They left the bases loaded twice and stranded 15 men in all.
Jake Arrieta blew an early 5-2 lead. The Phillies rallied for a run in the top of the eighth inning to tie the game at 6-6. They lost the lead with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Nick Pivetta, the Phillies’ sixth pitcher of the day, gave up an RBI triple to Kevin Pillar (on a 3-1 fastball) and a two-run single to Will Smith, the Giants’ closer. Not only was that Smith’s first hit, it was his first major league at bat. It’s been that kind of run for the Phillies.
The Phillies had many chances in this game. They left the bases loaded in the fourth and seventh inning. Rhys Hoskins popped out with the bases loaded to end the top of the seventh. He went 2 for 24 on the trip and did not drive in a run.
The Phillies are 60-58. They are 27-34 since the start of June.
The Phils are 140-140 in two seasons under Gabe Kapler.
Arrieta had his shortest outing since the disclosure that he was pitching with a bone spur in his right elbow. He lasted just three innings and gave up seven hits and five runs. He was not good.
Arrieta allowed two runs in the first inning, struck out the side in the second after his mates gave him a 3-2 lead then blew a three-run lead in the third inning. He gave up a homer, two singles and a double in that inning. Rookie Mike Yastrzemski doubled and homered against Arrieta in two at-bats.
A big blow
The Giants broke a 5-5 tie on a solo homer by Scooter Gennett in the bottom of the sixth. He led off the frame and jumped on a first-pitch, 85-mph slider from Ranger Suarez. The pitch was a meatball over the heart of the plate and Gennett clubbed it high over the right-field wall and into McCovey Cove.
Not enough innings
The Phillies did not get enough innings from their starting pitchers on this trip. In the seven games, Phillies starters went 7, 5, 5, 5, 5 2/3, 5 and 3 innings, respectively. At this pace, what’s left of the Phillies’ bullpen (the unit has been hit hard by injury) will be gasping for air in a few weeks.
Lots of arms
The two teams combined to use 14 pitchers in the game.
Bryce Harper batted leadoff again and reached base four times with a two-run single and three walks.
Not a friendly place
The Phillies are 25-43 all-time in the Giants' home park at 24 Willie Mays Plaza.
The Phillies are off on Monday. They open a three-game series against the Chicago Cubs at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday night. Here are the probable pitching matchups:
Tuesday night — LHP Jason Vargas (6-6, 4.09) vs. LHP Jose Quintana (10-7, 4.23)
Wednesday night — RHP Aaron Nola (10-3, 3.67) vs. LHP Cole Hamels (6-3, 3.09)
Thursday night — LHP Drew Smyly (2-6, 6.96) vs. RHP Yu Darvish (4-6, 4.43)
Hamels will be making his first start as an opponent in Citizens Bank Park.
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