SAN FRANCISCO — The punchless Phillies concluded a miserable weekend by The Bay with a 6-1 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Sunday afternoon.
The Phils were swept in the three-game series. They scored just one run in 27 innings. They were hitless in 16 at-bats with a runner in scoring position in the series.
Starting pitcher Jake Arrieta provided the team's only run of the series with a solo home run in the third inning Sunday afternoon. The homer broke a 22-inning scoreless drought for the Phillies, but it didn’t exactly get the offense going. The Phils have scored just five runs in their last five games. They head into Monday’s off day with a 31-26 record. They are 2-5 on this 10-game trip, which resumes Tuesday night against the Cubs in Chicago and has a chance to be a real disaster if the offense continues to sputter.
Arrieta had an interesting day. He breezed through the first five innings, facing the minimum 15 batters thanks to a couple of double plays.
Everything fell apart for Arrieta after he came up and in on Gorkys Hernandez with one out in the sixth. Hernandez dusted himself off and stroked a broken-bat single to center, the first of five straight hits against Arrieta that concluded with a three-run homer by Andrew McCutchen.
After Hernandez, pinch-hitter Alen Hanson reached on an infield single that shortstop Scott Kingery seemed slow to charge. Joe Panik then tied the game at 1-1 when he stroked a 1-2 curveball to right field for a hit. Buster Posey followed with a base hit before McCutchen, a standout on both sides of the ball in the series, skied an 0-1 curveball down the right-field line. The ball stayed just inside the foul pole and dropped into a sea of fans for a three-run homer.
In all, the Giants scored five runs over the course of five batters. The five runs were as many as Arrieta allowed in five starts in the month of May.
The Phillies’ bats were dominated in back-to-back games by rookies. Lefty Andrew Suarez pitched seven shutout innings in the Giants’ 2-0 win Saturday night. Right-hander Dereck Rodriguez, son of Hall of Fame catcher Pudge Rodriguez, held the Phillies to one run over six innings in his first big-league start Sunday.
The Phils got the first two men on base against reliever Will Smith in the eighth only to get nothing. Buster Posey then homered against Hector Neris on a 3-0 pitch in the bottom of the inning.
The Phillies are 6-10 in their last 16 games. They are hitting .205 over that span
The Phillies are off on Monday. They open a three-game series against the Cubs in Chicago on Tuesday night. Pitching matchups:
Tuesday night: RHP Zach Eflin (1-2, 4.50) vs. RHP Kyle Hendricks (4-4, 3.19)
Wednesday night: RHP Aaron Nola (7-2, 2.14) vs. LHP Jose Quintana (6-4, 4.30)
Thursday afternoon: RHP Nick Pivetta (4-4, 3.48) vs. RHP Tyler Chatwood (3-4, 4.02)