2019 Postgame Recaps

Phillies manage just 3 hits, fall to Giants

Saturday, Bryce Harper and the Phillies weren’t able to follow up a strong offensive performance on Friday. (Russell Lansford/Icon Sportswire)

The 2019 Philadelphia Phillies haven’t won more than four games in a row at any point in large part because they can never seem to snowball in a positive direction after victories that feel season-defining. Friday night, Bryce Harper launched two mammoth home runs, helping the Phillies to one of their best victories of the season. Saturday afternoon, the Phillies could only muster three hits.

Things actually started off very well for the Phillies Saturday, with Corey Dickerson launching a solo home run off of Giants starter Jeff Samardzija in the top of the first inning:

The problem for the Phillies was that they wouldn’t get another hit off of Samardzija until the eighth inning.

During the 2008 World Series, some Phillies fans at Citizens Bank Park chanted “Eva” every time that young Tampa Bay Rays star Evan Longoria came to the plate. Now 33 and a San Francisco Giant, Longoria appeared to exercise any remaining demons from that series with a second inning home run off of Vince Velasquez that traveled 438-feet:

Three innings later, in the home half of the fifth, Kevin Pillar hit his second home run in as many days. Pillar, 30, has always been a tremendous defensive player, but he’s burned the Phillies with his bat in this series:

The Pillar home run proved to just be icing on the cake, as Samardzija turned in a gem for Bruce Bochy in the Giants, allowing just one run on two hits over eight frames, while striking out five.

Harper, a day after perhaps the finest game of his young Phillies tenure, went 0-4. In his defense, he hit a fly ball to the warning track in the top of the third inning, and his ninth inning strikeout against Giants closer Will Smith certainly happened in part because of a called strike two that clearly wasn’t in the zone.

In any event, the Phillies have dropped two out of their first three games in a four-game weekend set with the Giants. In those two losses, they have just four combined hits. Tomorrow, Jake Arrieta will get the ball for the Phillies as they look for a series split on Sunday Night Baseball.

Shibe Vintage Sports Starting Pitching Performance

  • Vince Velasquez wasn’t great Saturday afternoon, but if you’re holding him to the standards of a back-of-the-rotation arm, he certainly gave the Phillies a chance to win. He did allow home runs to both Evan Longoria and Kevin Pillar, but only one other hit besides that. Given that he only threw 77 pitches, Velasquez probably could have pitched at least one more inning, but after stranding runners on the corners to end the bottom of the fifth, Kapler elected to pinch-hit for him. Velasquez was noticeably upset after being lifted from the game, as he punched the ceiling in the dugout.

Phillies Nuggets Player of the Game: Jeff Samardzija

With all due respect to Kevin Pillar, Samardzija was the easy choice here.

After surrendering a home run in the top half of the first to Corey Dickerson, Samardzija went on to pitch eight innings, allowing just one more hit the rest of his time in the game. The former Notre Dame wide receiver retired 20 consecutive batters at one point, summing up what was a frustrating day for the Phillies offensively.

The 34-year-old righty has limited the Phillies to just five hits in 14 innings of work in two starts in 2019. It’s been a nice bounce-back season for the former National League All-Star, as his ERA in 2019 now sits at 3.55.

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  1. Morris Buttermaker

    August 10, 2019 at 10:36 pm

    They have to be close to firing Kapler and Mallee, right?


    At least tell me they are considering it.


  2. Phanatic

    August 11, 2019 at 10:29 am

    Phillies Nation:

    It is clear that the Phillies are going nowhere. I invite you to join me in ditching the Phillies like I did on June 14, 2019. What do you have to lose? The experience of watching another Phillies losing season?

    If you can’t bring yourself to ditch the Phillies, then I extend another invitation to my place on the CĂ´te d’Azur. I am here until mid-September of each year and all are welcome. Just pop in. You don’t need to let me know in advance of your intention to come and you don’t need to bring anything.

    My place sits atop a hill with a view of the ocean and beach. The lawyers and accountants tell me the pace is ‘held in trust’. Whatever THAT means. Apparently the estate lawyers feel as though I have trouble reconciling my gross habits with my net income. Whatever.

    My place is fully stocked with champagne, liquor, caviar, food and hot women (Bond girls, Playboy models and hot, skinny milfs – all in various states of dress and undress). If you are one of those Puritans who are squeamish about nakedness, homosexuality, drunkenness, and other sorts of activity that a New England Puritan would find offensive then maybe this isn’t for you. But you ARE welcome. DO come. No hard feelings about our little ‘dust-up’ last week.

    When arriving at Nice, tell the driver: Château Phanatic.

    À CĂ´te d’Azure.

  3. Ken Bland

    August 11, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    Exactly what goes into choosing a Sunday night ESPN telecast, I’m not at all sure, but the fact that tonight’s series finale is on the card carries some tremendous are you kidding me sentiment.

    This game was chosen as late as August 1, a mere 10 days ago, and admittedly, the red hot ways of the Mets and Indians have reached max level intensity on a continued basis since that recent date. And on this Sunday 8/11, the Mets play the Nats in an as of now important wild card game, the Tribe play the Twins in what’s closer than 5 of 11 as opposed to the double digit separation of several weeks back.

    Yesterday’s presentation of Phils-SF with Eric Collins and Eric Karros was good. In the several innings I watched, there weren’t any analytics references and it resembled a baseball broadcast that met yesterday’s standards that were never a bad thing. Tonight….well, suffice to say with short stint Arietta going, The 3 Stooges in the booth will have a lengthy night in which to extend their reputations as fools. Bad as the Phils can frustrate at times, they remain a way ahead of the 3 worst teams in sports, the Orioles, Tigers, and ESPN. It’s a golden opportunity to once again perfect your skills of following Phils radio on a 7 second delay, and not be confused by the delay.

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