SAN FRANCISCO – For now, after all things considered, this was the biggest swing of the Phillies season.
Once in a while, it hardly matters.
JT Realmuto Feliz picked the slider off the canvas in the eighth inning on Sunday by blending a suspended slider for a three-stroke homer. He pointed to the dugout, turned on the bases, and hit the elbows with Bryce Harper and Alec Boom.
It was fresh, like a cool breeze off the San Francisco Bay.
“I thought we would win the match at that point,” Realmuto later said. “Quite frankly.”
But the Velez fainted again in September. The West Coast’s six-game run ended as miserably as it began when Giants’ Wilmer Flores netted Homer twice inside the offending pole against David Robertson with two in the ninth inning in a 5. 3 loss at the all-sold Oracle Park.
Phillies walked off the field and headed home after losing six of their seven games, including five of six in Arizona and San Francisco, where they were swept away for the first time since 2018.
At least they didn’t lose ground in the knockout race. The Milwaukee Brewers lost again, leaving the Phillies to lead in the final wild card berth in 2½ games with 28 left.
But that is little consolation for the lack of confidence in the fans of the team who is now 47-72 after September 1 since 2018.
Realmuto, who has been here since 2019, said: “It’s a completely different team than we’ve had in years past. Obviously this wild ride didn’t go the way we wanted it to. But we still had good progress right away. We just have to play better baseball. .that’s really all about it.”
Specifically, it is about starting a promotion. Ranger Suárez has only passed four runs, on par on the course recently for him and other Phillies novices.
Suarez booked the trip with a disturbing fourth innings last Monday in Arizona and eventually against the Giants. Join Aaron Nola, Billy Walter, Kyle Gibson and Noah Syndergaard for a total of 24 rounds in the six-game journey.
“We didn’t get a lot of length in the flight, but we’ll be back,” said interim manager Rob Thompson. “I am sure of it. I have great confidence in our beginning.”
OK, but it’s beyond last week. Over the last 17 matches, Velez players have completed the sixth game seven times. The only players to reach seventh place were Gibson on August 27 against Pittsburgh, Nola on August 25 against Cincinnati, and Sundergaard on August 22 against the Reds.
It’s also noteworthy, because while teams intentionally cut their rookies off and rely on deep bulls, the Phillies are designed to make their own rookie recording roles. Nola Injured Zack Wheelerand Gibson, in particular, have ranked third, fourth, and twelfth in innings among all shooters since 2020.
This has affected the labor market. Left underfoot Brad Hand threw 38 shots on Saturday, marching into the decider in the sixth inning. Robertson left to throw 41 games on Sunday, the highest level of the season.
“I felt good,” Robertson said. “Other than walking into the introduction dough, as you never wanted to do at nine, I felt really good.”
Ah yes. Walk. This is another problem.
The Phillies bowlers released 29 walks in flight, including a Robertson pass in the ninth to Bryce Johnson, the rising Giants player who earned his first major league win earlier in the game. Six of these lanes came laden with bases.
“That’s worrying,” Thompson said. “We have to strike.”
Realmuto said: “I don’t know exactly how to quantify what happened, but that’s definitely the issue. We’re giving away a lot of free passes. Just not attacking the area enough. We’re far behind in the count. There are a lot of 2-1, 3- counts.” 1. This will benefit the hitters. It is definitely something we need to fix in the future.”
After 10 of the first 11 hitters retired, Suarez hit a wall. He released back-to-back runs for JD Davis and Thairo Estrada before giving up the RBI singles to LaMonte Wade Jr. , Austin Wiens in 10 pitches, and Bryce Johnson.
It was the second consecutive start that Suarez faltered in the fourth game.
“I can’t say what it is,” Suarez said through an interpreter, noting that he believes he was pressured by home board referee Gabi Morales in the fourth game and should be better at regrouping after not receiving strike calls.
Suarez worked in the 127th innings, surpassing last season’s total (106). Although he confirms that his arm is fine, it is possible that he is tired.
If that’s the case, Phillies may need a start to come behind under the extension. Christopher Sanchez is one possibility. Two more: Zach Evelyn, who is trying to come back from another knee injury, and potentially Griff McGarry, who Recently moved to Bullpen In double reading a.
Mattoon played a total of one round in the right field in his career, the majors and minors, before going out there for the series finals against the Giants.
A player with little experience on the left field, Mattoon started playing on the right because Thompson kept Brandon Marsh on the bench against Rodon and moved Matt Feirling into the middle of the field. Newly called up defensive player Dalton Guthrie He didn’t arrive from Triple-A Lehigh Valley until about an hour before the first show.
Mattoon made a powerful throw to cut through Wiens at third base to end the long fourth game but couldn’t prevent Wade’s weakness from sailing over his head in the eighth.