2019 Postgame Recaps

Phillies drop series finale to White Sox

Scott Kingery had two hits in a losing effort on Sunday afternoon.

On a day when the 2009 National League Champion Phillies were honored, the 2019 Phillies (58-53) couldn’t put one in the win column. After gaining some momentum in their series against the Wild Card chasing Giants, the Phils dropped two of three to the sub-.500 White Sox (48-61).

Chicago took the final game of the series, 10-5. Heading , they were 5-15 in their last 20 games. Sunday’s game was more or less over in the second inning when Chicago center fielder Leury Garcia launched a 431-foot grand slam.

The Phillies chipped away at the lead in the sixth, but the White Sox padded their lead in the seventh. During the three game series, Philadelphia hit just .205, scored 11 runs and went 5-for-26 with runners in scoring position. J.T. Realmuto and Scott Kingery each had two hits in Sunday’s loss.

Prior to the game, the Phillies optioned third baseman Maikel Franco to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Franco had been on the Phillies roster since the 2015 season, but hadn’t been getting it done at the plate this season, which ultimately resulted in his demotion.

After Sunday’s loss, the Phils head to Arizona and San Francisco as part of seven-game road trip.

The White Sox pulled away early in this one. Jon Jay hit a lead-off single and moved to second on an Eloy Jimenez grounder in the second. Ryan Goins followed with a single, scoring Jay to make it a 1-0 game.

Drew Smyly proceeded to walk James McCann and allow a single to Yolmer Sanchez, loading the bases with one down. After Reynaldo Lopez struck out, Leury Garcia smashed a grand slam over the wall in left centerfield, putting the White Sox up by five.

The Phillies got on the board for the first time in the bottom of the fifth inning. Scott Kingery hit a one out double and Brad Miller walked. Two batters later, newcomer Corey Dickerson hit an RBI-single to drive in Kingery and cut Chicago’s lead to four. In the sixth, Bryce Harper walked to lead things off. After a Rhys Hoskins flyout, J.T. Realmuto reached on a single. Cesar Hernandez fouled a few pitches off before slapping a single to right, plating Harper and making it a 5-2 game. Scott Kingery followed with an RBI-single of his own to cut the lead to two. Sean Rodriguez couldn’t keep things going, grounding into an inning-ending double play with two on to halt the Phillies threat.

In the seventh, Chicago got one of those runs back. Ryan Goins hit a lead-off double and came around to score on a Yolmer Sanchez base hit, putting the White Sox back up by three. In the top of the eighth, Chicago padded their lead to six courtesy of a three-run home run off the bat of Eloy Jimenez.

Jose Abreu and Matt Skole hit back-to-back one out singles to set up Jimenez’s homer. Tim Anderson hit a solo homer in the 9th to put the White Sox in double digits.

In the bottom half of the ninth, Corey Dickerson hit a two-run home run to shave the lead the five, but that is as close as the Phillies would get.

Shibe Vintage Sports Starting Pitching Performance

In his first two starts with the Phillies, Drew Smyly combined to allow just one run in 13 innings of work. On Sunday against the White Sox, the veteran right-hander gave up five runs in five innings. He set the White Sox down 1-2-3 in each inning with exception of the second, when he surrendered a grand slam. He gave up four hits and struck out seven. Smyly is sporting a 3.00 ERA in three starts now with the Phillies, spanning 18 innings.

Reynaldo Lopez kept the Phillies bats at bay through the first five innings before running into trouble in the sixth. He departed with one out in the sixth and was charged with three runs in 5.1 innings. The 25-year-old right-hander walked three and struck out three.

Phillies Nuggets Player(s) of the Game: Leury Garcia

With the bases loaded in the top of the second inning, Garcia took advantage of a hanger from Drew Smyly and put it over the fence in left center. Although it was Garcia’s only hit in the game, it put the White Sox in a great spot to earn the series victory.

Next Game

  • Monday, August 5 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field
  • 9:40 p.m.
  • NBC Sports Philadelphia 
  • SportsRadio 94 WIP


  1. Morris Buttermaker

    August 4, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    Both Manuel and MacKanin were at the game today. Fire Kapler and give the interim tag to either one of them.

    This team is completely lifeless. The front office is clueless.

  2. Fleming Hill

    August 4, 2019 at 4:48 pm

    Way to go Sox!

    Let’s hope for the dbacks to sweep the losers. Only losses at this point is going to generate changes from the loser organization.


  3. Ken Bland

    August 4, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    For a few weeks now, I’ve been trying to get a handle on what Scott Kingery finishes ’19 with a final batting average. This, of course, is a well documented overrated statistic as a singular entity, but its a measure someone of my age/mentality still watches.

    Kingery has taken a steady dip into the .270s. I STILL don’t have a real feel for how he wraps up, but I will say this. The challenge of playing a lot of 3rd base in the near future would seem to mean less concentration/productivity. This is centered around his not being too good at third. Maybe regular play brings about an improvement (where’s the fingers crossed icon?)

    Elsewhere on the scoreboard, the Mets are within 3 games of the Phils. To say their starting pitching is better is very understated.

    • Morris Buttermaker

      August 5, 2019 at 9:35 am

      Over the past 30 games, Kingery is batting .215 with 47 strikeouts.

      It is hard to judge any young players in with Kapler because they all regress massively. Franco, Williams and Altherr all went from possible everyday starters to borderline MLB players. And this was a coaching staff that was chosen for their abilities to work with young players.

  4. Jack calhoun

    August 4, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    As long as we keep our current management we aren’t going to win

  5. Ray Swisher

    August 4, 2019 at 10:10 pm

    This group of players is not responding to the current coaching staff, from the manager to the pitching and hitting coaches. Until they are removed and a new staff moves in, they will flounder. If Charlie Manuel is willing, bring him back for the rest of the season. Joe Girardi, Buck Showaltet and other proven winners are out there for next season.

    • Morris Buttermaker

      August 5, 2019 at 9:29 am

      They need an old fart of a manager who will write a consistent lineup each night and then get the eff out of the way.

  6. s. hoffman

    August 4, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    Agree that players do NOT seem motivated by the current manager or coaches. They should all be replaced. How much worse could it get?

  7. Henry Bryan

    August 5, 2019 at 4:24 am

    To the team & the fans:
    Reluctantly, I agree that the Phillies need a coach who can motivate this group of otherwise talented ballplayers. It may not be fair to blame the touted sibermetrics expert Gabe Kapler, who has had some applaudable moments, but despite a couple staged ejections he just doesn’t seem to have the passion to motivate this team, the fans, or the farm’s prospects — not to mention foolishly firing the team’s excellent hitting coach.
    The Phillies wisely threw in the towel at the trade deadline rather than further deplete the farm. But Gabe had already dragged this bunch toward mediocrity without showing a pulse, even accounting for bonus baby Bryce Harper’s seeming inability to see the ball consistently and rise to the occasions!
    The general manager should also turn in his keys to the team, given his failure to analyze his talent-challenged pitching rotation back when Mr. Middleton could have at least have paid Keuchel & Kimbrel in January. These truths can’t wait ’til next year. Recasting this team needs to start now.
    henry bryan, a dedicated fan

    • Jeff Orbach

      August 5, 2019 at 11:07 am

      Henry-I agree wholeheartedly with your assessment. I would like to see some older baseball people who use analytics as one tool of many, instead of the be all and end all. Kapler has 0 personality and obviously can’t motivate the team. I think the hitting coach and pitching coach should both be fired.

      I would ask Matt Stairs or Raul Ibanez to be hitting coach and ask Carlos Ruiz to be the pitching coach.

      Jeff Orbach-Phillies fan since 1971

  8. Craig Glessner

    August 5, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    I don’t know if Chooch could throw a curve ball or show someone how to but he sure as hell knew what pitch to call for. He’d make an excellent catching or possibly bullpen coach, I nominate Bobby Abreu for hitting coach,
    Jamie Moyer for pitching, Jimmy Rollins first base and infielders, Raul Ibanez third base outfielders and assistant hitting, and finally just pay the man what he wants because he is the man Chase Utley for manager. I know none of this will happen but it’s fun throwing names out there. Kind of makes you wonder if any of these people are ever contacted about coaching if we the fans think about this what are the owners thinking and more importantly what are they watching. Whoever, Wherever, whenever GO Phillies

  9. Jeff Orbach

    August 5, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    I’d love to see Chase as manager! If Pat Neshek pulled the shenanigans he did this year with Chase there would just be burning embers after Chase melted him with his glare.

    Some of the most successful pitching coaches have been catchers because they have to know so much about pitching..I think Rick Kranitz our pitching coach last year was a catcher, so was Dave Duncan arguably one the better pitching coaches in modern baseball.

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