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Instant Replay: Angels 7, Phillies 0

Instant Replay: Angels 7, Phillies 0

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Jake Thompson was tagged for all seven runs in the third inning, and the Phillies dropped their 11th straight game to the Los Angeles Angels in a 7-0 loss on Wednesday.

It is now tied for the longest losing streak against an opponent in the history of interleague play, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The Washington Nationals defeated the Seattle Mariners 11 times in a row from 2005-2014, while the Oakland A’s racked up 11 consecutive wins over the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2002-2013.    

Thompson had never given up more than two home runs in a major-league game, but the Angels hit three in one inning, starting with a two-run shot to dead center by Mike Trout. 

C.J. Cron then added a two-run homer to left, and Kaleb Cowart made it back-to-back blasts. The bullpen was already up and stretching when Martin Maldonado doubled for the second time in the same inning, but the initial trajectory had Angel Stadium expecting a third home run in a row.

While the Angels (53-55) were hitting balls deep, the Phillies were barely able to put balls in play in their seventh shutout of the season. 

The Phillies (39-66) are now 1-6 all-time in Orange County. After winning the first-ever meeting against the Angels, 3-0, on June 9, 2003, the Phillies have been outscored 62-21.

Starting pitching report
Thompson (1-1, 4.20) was no match for the sensational Trout and Hall of Fame-bound Albert Pujols, but it was the back end of the Angels’ lineup that really rattled the 23-year-old. Cron, Cowart and Maldonado were slotted sixth, seventh and eighth in the order, and went 5 for 7 with four extra-base hits and three RBIs before Thompson took a seat.

Thompson was officially charged with only two earned runs on nine hits in five innings. He struck out two and walked one.   

Outside of a bit of trouble in the eighth inning when the Phillies got two runners on, JC Ramirez (10-9, 4.03) cruised to the win. 

Ramirez went a career-high eight innings, giving up six hits while striking out three and walking two.

Bullpen report
Adam Morgan got to handle two innings of long relief and was more than solid, although the game was no longer in doubt. He did not give up a hit or walk, had one strikeout, and 17 of his 26 pitches went for strikes.   

Jesen Therrien then provided an unblemished eighth. 

At the plate
Odubel Herrera extended his hitting streak to six games with a single in the sixth inning.

Cesar Hernandez keeps getting on base and it keeps happening early. Hernandez led off with a walk, reaching base for the 14th time in 15 games since coming off the disabled list. And in three of his last four appearances, Hernandez did so in the first inning, including both games against the Angels. 

Daniel Nava went 1 for 3 in his first action after being activated off the 10-day DL.   

In the field
Hernandez booted a groundball in the disastrous third. Maldonado would have been able to score from third regardless, but giving Thompson a second out and nobody on against Trout instead of one on and one out might have made a difference in how he approached the best all-around player in the game. 

Cameron Rupp made a throwing error in the first.

The Phillies have committed three errors in two games against the Angels, the same number they had during their five-game winning streak coming into the series.  

Up next
Jerad Eickhoff (2-7, 4.56) is still looking for his first road win since Sept. 5, 2016. Eickhoff was effective in July, recording a 2.86 ERA as the Phillies won three of his four starts. But the Angels are 8-1 this season when right-hander Parker Bridwell (5-1, 2.83) takes the mound.

Phillies Spencer Howard picks his favorite MLB uniform, hints at a number change

Phillies Spencer Howard picks his favorite MLB uniform, hints at a number change

Spencer Howard's first career start with the Phillies over the weekend wasn't a storybook debut - but in such an unusual season, and considering the high expectations, it also could've been way worse. 

He flashed some good stuff, struck out his last batter, and came away with some building blocks for his next appearance.

Howard appeared on former Phillie Kevin Frandsen's podcast to chat about his MLB debut, including what went well, what he wants to improve, and - most importantly - baseball uniforms.

Because the youngster managed to make his major league debut in the Phillies' throwback blues, lending a little extra stylish pizazz to what was already a big day, both for Howard and the organization:

Frandsen asked Howard during the podcast what his first thought was when he saw his own uniform hanging in the Phillies' clubhouse, and Howard had a fantastic answer:

HOWARD: That those are probably the best unis in baseball, man, the baby blues.

FRANDSEN: And you got to make your debut in that!

[...]

HOWARD: It's so pretty, they're so comfortable. It was incredible.

While Phillies fans will likely see Howard in the greys or the red pinstripes more often than not, it's probably so cool to make your first start in a universally-beloved throwback uniform.

A little later on during the appearance, Frandsen asked Howard about a sneaky big part of a player's identity: the number!

FRANDSEN: Are you a big number guy? Did you want a certain number? Were you hoping for a certain number? Did you want to keep 83?

HOWARD: No, I - definitely not 83 [laughs] - I'm not too big on it, but I think 48 is nice. I was more curious, than anything, to see what they'd give me.

FRANDSEN: What did you want? 

HOWARD: Out of all the available ones, I was shooting for 28, maybe? Hoping?

Frandsen, of course, pointed out that he wore No. 28 with the Phillies. A true legend. The most notable recent Phillie to wear No. 28? Jayson Werth, from 2007 to 2010. Since then, Frandsen, Kevin Correia, Erik Kratz, Vince Velasquez, and Mike Morin have donned the number. 

A decade between important players feels like enough time for Howard to claim the No. 28, if he feels like making the switch.

Or he could stick with No. 48, a number without much significant Phillies history, and make it his own. Up to him.

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