2019 Postgame Recaps

Season on the brink for lifeless Phillies after another no-show defeat

Madison Bumgarner shut the Phillies down, allowing just one hit and one walk, as the Giants took the series opener by 5-0 on Thursday night at Oracle Park in San Francisco.

The Philadelphia Phillies (59-56) look for all the world like a defeated ball club following yet another loss in which they simply did not show up to play.

That would be Thursday’s series opening 5-0 defeat at the hands of the host San Francisco Giants (57-59) at Oracle Park.

The feeble Phillies offensive attack, such as it was, consisted of three base runners. Only a one-out, pinch-hit single off the bat of Cesar Hernandez kept them from getting no-hit by Madison Bumgarner.

In the end, the Giants starter combined with a pair of relievers to shut the Phillies out. It marked the seventh white-washing of the season for the Phillies batters. To call them “hitters” at his point would be to besmirch that term.

Phillies starter Aaron Nola was part of the no-show team effort. The club’s ace was chewed up by a team that came into the game statistically as the second-worst offensive club in the National League, one that had been averaging only 2.78 runs per game over their previous nine contests.

The Giants rapped out seven hits against Nola, who also walked two batters. They were also the beneficiaries of a pair of wild pitches thrown by Nick Pivetta in relief, and a throwing error on backup catcher Andrew Knapp.

Mike Yastrzemski, grandson of legendary Boston Red Sox left fielder and Baseball Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski, was the offensive star for San Francisco. The new ‘Yaz’ ripped a two-run double in the bottom of the 3rd inning to push an early Giants lead out to 3-0. He then blasted a solo homer, his 11th of his rookie season, in the bottom of the 7th inning to provide the final score.

This was a fourth loss in five games for the Phillies, who have now gone just 3-6 over their last nine. It dropped the club out of an NL Wildcard spot as well. They now sit in a three-way tie, a half-game behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the race for the final National League postseason berth.

But playoffs should be the furthest thing from the mind of the Phillies players at this point. There is absolutely zero chance of this team reaching the postseason for the first time in eight years. A season that began with so much excitement and anticipation has devolved into a hellish nightmare of injuries, inconsistencies, and failures, both on the field and in the front office.

Frankly, it’s difficult to imagine that this level of play can continue for very much longer without someone losing their job over it.



PhilliesAaron Nola (L 10-3): 5 IP, 7 hits, 3 earned, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts. 93 pitches, 59 for strikes.

Giants Madison Bumgarner (W 7-7): 7 IP, 1 hit, 0 runs, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts. 85 pitches, 56 for strikes.



While Yastrzemski doubled, homered and knocked in three of the five Giants runs, this was Bumgarner’s game. He tossed a masterpiece, and very nearly one for the history books.

Bumgarner retired the first 10 Phillies batters in a row before losing Hoskins on a full count cutter. Then he left an 89 mph two-seam fastball a little out over the plate, and lost his no-hit bid to a Cesar Hernandez single with one out in the 7th inning.

If this is going to be the final seven weeks for MadBum in a Giants uniform after 11 mostly glorious campaigns, then the pending free agent is going out in style and showing that he still has plenty in the tank, having just turned age 30 a little more than a week ago.







  1. David

    August 9, 2019 at 8:10 am

    I’m sure Gabe was “really proud of his players” again for this one. He promised once again after the game that the offense would rise to the top soon. How long do we have to put up with his B.S.? Why doesn’t management realize he insults the intelligence of Phillies fans every time he excuses away poor play? reminds me of last year during August when he kept trying to tell us that the players were out there giving 110% every game until he realized he couldn’t keep saying that about a team that collapsed in 2018. fans have to stop spending money going to the ballpark. that might get owners attention

    • schmenkman

      August 9, 2019 at 5:15 pm

      Honestly, who cares what he says? Why does it matter in the least — if you don’t like what he says in the postgame, ignore it.

      • Phanatic

        August 9, 2019 at 6:07 pm

        His own boss told him in the offseason to be straight with people and he has reverted to his “the sun will rise tomorrow’ , “we’re going to get our ducks in a row”, “we’re unbeatable’, “we’re going to quickly turn the page’, blah, blah, blah. Don’t put it past the Phillies to sell this in their gift shop as Gabe’s Greatest Hits.

        But in the end, perhaps you’re right. His players have been ignoring him for a year and a half and they seem happy. Joking and laughing in the dugout, not running to first base, not knowing how many outs there are, not playing smart defense, dips in production from career norms, etc. and all the while collecting a paycheck.

        Maybe there is something to ignoring Gabe.

  2. Phanatic

    August 9, 2019 at 8:32 am

    Oh, they showed up alright, Matt. And that was the problem.

    Phillies fan 1981-June 14, 2019
    Phillies hater since June 14, 2019

  3. tom gaitens

    August 9, 2019 at 8:51 am

    clear the management team, GM and Mgr!

    I will say this…the team was on a nice roll of hitting, if not clutch, they were putting up 10+ hits a game for nearly a week or more, until this series.

    Yet, the listless effort is too eerily familiar to past Phillies teams who seem without a rudder.

    Change is needed!

    Baumgartner doing this to us, is ironic since he had been linked since the off-season…poetic justice!

    FIRE the man who allowed Segura to be a bum, Herrera, Franco to be bums…no accountability!

  4. Jeff Orbach

    August 9, 2019 at 9:05 am

    Mallee and Young have to go as well. I would like to see a management team for the Phils ,with people who look old enough to shave. People who’ve actually won something somewhere before.

  5. MikeA

    August 9, 2019 at 9:32 am

    Hey “you got him” and now your stuck with him for another 9 years.

    • schmenkman

      August 9, 2019 at 5:18 pm


  6. Craig Glessner

    August 9, 2019 at 9:34 am

    The problem with this team is that they look good on paper but have no one to lead them. Unfortunately the only paper Kapler belongs on is the kind you wipe and flush. The entire staff needs to go who thought hitting Segura 4th and starting Knapp and Rodriguez was going to go well. When inferior teams defeat you it is because of leadership.

    • schmenkman

      August 9, 2019 at 5:19 pm

      Segura hits about the same vs. lefties, with the same Slugging percentage, as Hoskins has overall.

      It made sense to bat him cleanup against a lefty.

  7. Morris Buttermaker

    August 9, 2019 at 12:49 pm

    This game was lost the second Gabe submitted the batting lineup. This team is completely flat. Just pathetic from top to bottom.

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