Giants 9, Phillies 6: Brutal loss ends a brutal 2-5 trip

Giants 9, Phillies 6: Brutal loss ends a brutal 2-5 trip


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’s night

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.

Leading man

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.

Up next

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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Phillies notes on Scott Kingery, Aaron Nola, Zach Eflin, Jake Arrieta and catching prospect Rafael Marchan

Phillies notes on Scott Kingery, Aaron Nola, Zach Eflin, Jake Arrieta and catching prospect Rafael Marchan

A few notes after the Phillies' workout Wednesday night …

Scott Kingery was the designated hitter for the second night in a row in an intrasquad game. He produced a couple of hard-hit line drives. On Tuesday night, he swatted an opposite-field homer. In other words, he's swinging it pretty well.

Kingery is penciled in to get his first work at second base in Thursday night's intrasquad game. The final call will be made when he shows up to the ballpark and manager Joe Girardi and the athletic training staff gauge how he feels.

Kingery battled coronavirus in June and reported to camp late so team officials want to be sure he's ready for the season opener a week from Friday. So far, he's looked pretty good.

A better read on Kingery's readiness should come by Tuesday. The Phils play exhibition games at Washington, at home against Baltimore and at the Yankees on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, respectively. Kingery should get work in a couple of those games.

• Girardi said Aaron Nola would start at Washington on Saturday night.

Zach Eflin, who had been bothered by back spasms, threw a bullpen on Wednesday and felt good. He will pitch a simulated game on Saturday. If healthy, Eflin is expected to open the season in the rotation.  

• Minor league catching prospect Rafael Marchan and lefty reliever Austin Davis will join the club on Thursday, Girardi said. Both were out with a "medical illness," Girardi said.

Marchan caught Girardi's eye with his defensive soundness in Clearwater in February and March.

• Here are the pitchers for Thursday night's intrasquad game:

Team 1

Jake Arrieta (4 innings)
Enyel De Los Santos (3)
Victor Arano (1)
Reggie McClain (1)

Team 2

Nick Pivetta (4)
Spencer Howard (3)
Damon Jones (2)

Pivetta is battling Vince Velasquez for the fifth starter's job. Velasquez has looked good in two outings.

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No questions masked, high-risk Didi Gregorius will wear one

No questions masked, high-risk Didi Gregorius will wear one

Major League Baseball is not requiring players to wear masks on the field. In the clubhouse, in the weight room, on the team bus, on airplanes … yes, players are being asked to mask up in those places.

But wearing one on the field is up to each individual player. Some have tried them and said it's difficult to breathe through the mouth-and-nose covering. Others have simply said they don't intend to wear one while playing.

Phillies shortstop Didi Gregorius is different. He does not intend to play without one.

No ifs, ands or buts.

He's wearing one.

And he has been since the Phillies resumed workouts at Citizens Bank Park earlier this month.

"I am definitely wearing it in games because I think it adds safety for everybody, for me and people around me," Gregorius said before an intrasquad game at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday. "So I think wearing it will be normal for me. I'm playing in it right now so I can get accustomed to it."

With the help of Phillies athletic trainers, Gregorius found a mask that he really likes. It's comfortable and it filters air.

Gregorius, 30, must take precautions to protect his health. In 2011, as a minor-leaguer in the Cincinnati organization, he was diagnosed with a kidney disorder. The issue is treatable but Gregorius takes no chances.

"I still have it and it will be there for life," Gregorius said. "I had a really good conversation with the doctors here and they said I was one of the high-risk players and everything. They ask me every day what they can do to make it better for me, so there has been really good communication. We are trying to go through the guidelines and trying to do everything we can do to stay safe. So that's why people see me walking around with a mask on and stuff. I am keeping myself safe, wearing a mask everywhere I go. So I've got to keep it on me all the time."

The majority of Phillies players are not wearing masks during on-field workouts. Coaches and staff are wearing them on the field.

Gregorius was asked if he'd feel more comfortable if more players wore a mask like him.

"I mean, I can't force a person to wear their mask," he said. "But it's for everybody's safety. I'd prefer for everybody to wear it. You've got to get the right one, too, while you're playing so you can breathe normal, because if you are wearing a mask and you can't breathe it's going to be hard."

Gregorius signed a one-year, $14 million contract with the Phillies in December. The shutdown gave him unexpected time to recover from the elbow surgery he had after the 2018 season. He spent his time during the shutdown training for baseball and learning more about a new hobby: tattooing.

"I've started tattooing other people, family and friends," said the artistic shortstop, who is already known for his drawing talent.

Gregorius will go back on the free-agent market this winter. He would help himself (and the Phillies) by tattooing baseballs in the 60-game season that begins next week.

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