2019 Postgame Recaps

Phillies blown out in yet another disastrous loss to the Marlins

Velasquez failed to go three innings in tonight’s outing. (JCS/Icon Sportswire)

Final score: Marlins 19, Phillies 11

All was well at first. The Phillies jumped out to a seven run lead. Starter Vince Velasquez looked ready to throw another quality start. It looked like a game the Phillies would cruise easily to victory, reassuring their fanbase that they can handle a bad team like the Marlins this time around and make a serious run for the last wild card spot. Then the Marlins put up seven in the third to tie. By the end of the sixth inning, the Phillies found themselves down by six. They ended up losing this game by a touchdown and a two point conversion. Any momentum gained from the Red Sox series is now squandered. In a season filled with bait-and-switch moments, this seems like the ultimate one.

On the first pitch of the game, Cesar Hernandez laid down a beautiful bunt down the third base line. After Rhys Hoskins was hit by a pitch, J.T. Realmuto would line a double into the corner in left to score Hernandez and give the Phillies a 1-0 lead. The next two hitters, Corey Dickerson and Jean Segura, failed to get both Hoskins and Realmuto home. With two outs and both Hoskins and Realmuto in scoring position, Scott Kingery would split the gap in right-center field for his second triple of the season:

More runs came in the second. Hoskins started the inning with a walk. Realmuto then notched his second double of the night. Dickerson would then bring both guys home with a double of his own, giving the Phillies a commanding 7-0 lead. Another run was added on a perfectly executed suicide squeeze from Velasquez:

One of ugliest innings of Phillies baseball immediately followed the early offensive explosion. Velasquez cruised through the first two innings, even going into the third without allowing a hit. He began the inning by hitting the lead-off hitter Lewis Brinson with a 94 MPH fastball. After a flyout and a miss-play by Brad Miller that was scored a single, the Marlins would get their next seven hitters on base and put up a seven spot on the Phillies. The big blow came when Isan Diaz got a hold of a high fastball, pulling it down the line in right for a long, game tying home run:

The game wouldn’t remained tied for long as the Phillies would put up two more runs in the top half of the fourth. Maikel Franco, who was pitch hitting for Brad Miller, brought home Jean Segura from second with a RBI single. Adam Haseley would continue the two-out rally with another RBI single, stretching the Phillies lead to two.

The Phillies two-run lead wouldn’t last much longer either as the Marlins would once again come back to tie the game. This time, the Fish would also claim the lead. With the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the fifth, Franco mishandled a ground ball of the bat of Starlin Castro. Two runs scored to make it a 9-9 ballgame. Miami would take the lead just not long after on a double down the line in right from Neil Walker. Curtis Granderson would follow up with an RBI single, giving the Marlins a 12-9 lead:

The Marlins would add on three more runs in the sixth and four more in the eighth. With the exception of two ninth innings runs that came via RBI walks, the Phillies offense would go silent for the rest of the night.

Shibe Vintage Sports Starting Pitching Performance

Hector Noesi: 3.0IP, 6H, 7R, 7ER, 3BB, 2SO

Vince Velasquez: 2.1IP, 5H, 7R, 7ER, 1BB, 2SO

Phillies Nuggets Player of the Game: Isan Diaz

Every position player in the Marlins starting nine is deserving of this nod. To come back by seven runs in such a short amount of time is impressive. To put up 19 runs in a game in which you were trailing by seven is a whole different story. The honor will go to Diaz as his three-run home run in the bottom of the third was probably the most important hit of the game and the first indicator of just how ugly this game was going to get.

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  1. Mike Riley

    August 23, 2019 at 11:34 pm

    I am in shock of what I saw tonight. What an absolute disgrace. That performance by the bullpen should be evidence for what needs to be done in the off season. They should ashamed. Normally it is difficult for a team to even score 7 runs, but it’s monumentally harder to give up that kind of lead especially to the worst team in baseball. This team deserves nothing but malevolence.

    • William

      August 23, 2019 at 11:44 pm

      I agree, Both Gabe and Pitching coach should be fired after the season and maybe this young GM,

  2. Ian Davidson

    August 23, 2019 at 11:49 pm

    Not sure who is responsible for the pitches called but why is Pivetta throwing so much off-speed in stead of just letting it go? Not sure if Kapler and Young and this front office is what we need. How about raid the Astros front office and hire some top scouts from the Braves and DEVELOPE some power arms and home grown talent. I think I am reaching my tipping point with this team. No passion, no hustle. I feel like Franco is so out of shape that he is waisting(lol) his talent. Anyone have ANY answers out there????

  3. Fukn’horrid

    August 24, 2019 at 12:03 am

    No heart all season! This GM and manager do not belong in baseball. Quality farm system players were given up for this team and they suck!!

  4. Bobby

    August 24, 2019 at 12:05 am

    Disgraceful loss. I can’t handle another positive spin from Gabe after what’s the most embarrassing & disastrous loss in a while. Changes need to be made immediately. If the Phils want to be taken seriously as a Big Market, Big Spending threat to compete, a move needs to be made.

  5. Fleming Hill

    August 24, 2019 at 12:10 am

    Why wait fire Gabe and Pitching coach immediately! Give a new coach the ability the talent as it currently is!

    This staff is clueless utilizing what little pitching the do have!

    Personally the organization has pitchers in the minors that deserve more of a chance than the utter failure we have seen so far!

    When will ownership step up and take responsibility?

  6. Joseph M Fricano

    August 24, 2019 at 5:07 am

    Embarrassing BIGTIME! Ashamed to wear anything with the Phillies on it. C’mon Middleton, step up and take charge. Fire Kapler and Young. Neither one of them can handle the job. Neither one of them is worth keeping.

  7. Ron Ford

    August 24, 2019 at 9:17 am

    Dump Kapler and Klentak along with the rest of the coaching staff. This team sucks

  8. Ken Bland

    August 24, 2019 at 9:29 am

    If you made a music video of one of the more anticipated, and one of the less delivered Phillies seasons since the beginning of time, BTO’s “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” would provide good audio to underscore the calamity of missteps this team has spiraled through. It goes from bad to pathetic to worse in harmonious rhythmic consistency.

    That all levels of this franchise have continuously pointed to the standings, and the superficial level of competitive that endures is totally amazing, but the way it is. Paul Owens would roll over in his grave since he’s buried there having with a legacy of replaced Pat Corrales once upon a time from while in first place.

    So was last night thee bottom?

    I doubt it, and here’s why.

    The Phils, for over a half century, have traditionally sprinkled their roster with a player or two of the worst in the game in various facets. One of this year’s qualifiers was Aaron Altherr, who has bounced to 2 other clubs since he took his Michael Martinez equaling back of a baseball card to the Mets via the Giants post Phillies. Next weekend, watch Altherr deliver a big hit to deliver still another knife in the gut to this beleaguered organization. Earlier this year, the downtrodden, hated Mets were at least against the Phillies the easiest prey in baseball since the Marlins and Phils matched up, and they have more than righted their sunken ship. To get beat by Altherr, so far removed from a decent Phils stretch a couple years back would be the cherry on top (or would it be the pits) of this hellacious year.

    Actually, that STILL might not top (or is it bottom) last night, but it’s for damned sure that this franchise is closer to finishing a season in last place in the NL East than first place as the Harper contract ages. But it’ll be easy to adjust to that emotionally. As they say, been there done that.

  9. Tony74

    August 24, 2019 at 11:39 am

    You have to be into pain to watch the Phils.

    For some reason the Marlins kick their butt. One would think you could hold a 7 to nothing lead but not the Phils. Velasquez has all the stuff but a 2cent Head. Pivetta should not be in the bullpen. He gets hammered way to often as a reliever, send him down& let him get himself right as a starter.

    The Phils don’t deserve the playoffs.

  10. Bill Deef

    August 24, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    Gabe and his cabal are part of the problem. You should get rid of then all but still not expect to win.
    Let’s face it. These players are terrible, inconsistent and lazy. The other teams all make them look like the 25 stooges.
    You can sort of tell your team’s heading for the graveyard when 1) they lose to the worst team in baseball 19-11; 2) their best “player” goes on paternity leave at over a 150,000 bucks a game; (3) many of the players have made way more money on the IL than others actually playing; and 3) the sports writers talk about their uniforms as much as their performance on the field.
    RIP 2019 season.

  11. Ken Bland

    August 24, 2019 at 2:29 pm

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