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2021 Postgame Recaps

Bats fail Wheeler in loss to Reds

Final Score: Reds 6, Phillies 1

Phillies Cy Young candidate Zack Wheeler wasn’t at his sharpest. He gave up four earned runs, including two home runs to two of the NL’s best hitters in Joey Votto and Nick Castellanos. Still, six innings and four runs is enough to keep a team in the game.

Not with this Phillies offense.

Bryce Harper was ejected in the ninth inning of Friday’s game. (Photo by Gregory Fisher/Icon Sportswire)

They went 1-for-15 with runners on base. Bryce Harper was ejected in the ninth inning for arguing balls and strikes from the dugout. Didi Gregorius’ 2-for-4 game with two doubles saved the Phillies from getting shutout for the second time this week. The officiating crew didn’t do the Phillies any favors, but that didn’t matter. They needed a lot more than a few calls to go their way to win.

Wheeler cruised through three, but things got dicey in the fourth. In what looked like a routine ground ball to the right side, Miller slowed down while on his way to first. The leadoff hitter Tyler Naquin hustled his way down the line, resulting in an infield hit. Following a Castellanos hit-by-pitch, Votto launched his sixth career home run at Citizens Bank Park to give the Reds a 3-0 lead.

Castellano’s drive into deep left field made it a 4-0 ballgame. Eugenio Suárez’s two-run home run in the ninth extended the lead to six. The Reds were a grand slam short of the home run cycle.

Friday turned out to be the closest game the Phillies and Reds have played all season. The Reds won two games in the series by eight and ten runs while the Phillies won once by 14 runs.

The Mets are currently mounting a comeback against the Dodgers. If they successfully erase a four-run deficit and win, the Phillies will end the night in second place and a half game back of New York. The Braves and Nationals will play in D.C. following a lengthy rain delay.

Shibe Vintage Sports Starting Pitching Performance

Tyler Mahle: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 SO, 108 pitches

Mahle is putting together a solid season for the Reds. He’s thrown seven innings and walked none for the second consecutive outing. The Phillies whiffed 17 times against Mahle, but it feels like a lot more than that.

Zack Wheeler: 6 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO, 2 HR, 94 pitches

Friday was Wheeler’s first outing in which he has surrendered multiple home runs in a game since April 20. He struggled his way through the fourth, but was bailed out by a boneheaded baserunning mistake by Mike Moustakas. Still, Wheeler was able to give his team six innings. The team hasn’t won three consecutive Wheeler outings since May.

“I honestly didn’t feel good all day. [I’m] physically fine, but just a little out of whack,” Wheeler said. “It’s probably the worst I’ve thrown the ball in a really long time.”

They’ll try to start a new streak in his next scheduled outing against the Diamondbacks.

Phillies Nugget Of The Game


  • The Phillies’ David Paulino appeared in his first MLB game since Sept. 29, 2018. His contract was selected on Aug. 12. Paulino allowed two earned runs on a two-run home run by Suárez in two innings of work.
  • Joe Girardi told reporters before the game that Matt Moore will start Saturday’s game against the Reds. Bailey Falter, who has been on the COVID-19 IL since July 20, will be activated prior to Saturday’s game.

Ticket IQ Next Game

  • Saturday, Aug. 14 vs. Cincinnati Reds at Citizens Bank Park
  • 4:05 p.m. ET
  • TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia; Fox Sports 1
  • Radio: SportsRadio 94 WIP


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  1. Matt

    August 13, 2021 at 11:07 pm

    Tomorrow’s gonna be a bloodbath with Matt Frickin Moore pitching BP to the Reds.

  2. Martin Bryant

    August 14, 2021 at 9:33 am

    Here’s a reminder – the major leagues changed their rules in 2020 and the active roster is no longer expanded to 40 on September 1st – it is expanded by only two slots to 28.

    Current 26 man roster (*starters)
    Hitters (13):
    C: Realmuto*, Knapp
    IF: Segura*, Gregorius*, Miller, Bohm, Torreyes
    OF: Harper*, McCutchen*, Herrera, Jankowski, Williams, Moniak
    Pitchers (13):
    SP: Wheeler*, Gibson*, Nola*, Saurez*, Moore
    RP: Kennedy*, Bradley, Brogdon, De Los Santos, Hammer, Llovera, Neris, Paulino

    coming back today: RP Falter (likely Llovera will go to minors)
    returning this week: 1B Hoskins* (likely Moniak will go to minors as Miller can play LF & RF)
    (hopefully) expected before September 1: IF Galvis & SP Eflin* (OF/IF Williams and/or RPs Hammer, De Los Santos, Paulino)
    In two weeks on Sept 1 the Phillies get two more slots, but the picture will probably be different by then.

    • Martin Bryant

      August 15, 2021 at 9:25 am

      Girardi sent Moniak and Paulino (DFA) down and activated Falter and so the Phillies now have a 25 man active roster. The team may keep this for the road trip starting on Tuesday as they are planning to take home run leader Hoskins with them as he is eligible to come off the IL (groin) on Tuesday and as soon as he is ready to play, he’ll be activated. Based on Girardi’s statements Eflin will not be returning for at least another full cycle (Moore will probably pitch on Friday) – so the earliest Eflin start would be the 26th (if then).

    • Martin Bryant

      August 16, 2021 at 6:22 am

      injury report:
      Hoskins – 1B (groin, out since July 29) – eligible to return Tuesday, traveling with the team, may need a few more days
      still the home run leader
      Eflin – SP (knee) – traveling with the team, may need minor league rehab, not expected this week
      Velasquez – RP (blister on hand) – pitching on rehab this week
      Coonrod – RP (forearm) – eligible later this week and ready
      Anderson – RP (triceps) – activated today – Adonis Medina sent back to AAA ball / Reading

  3. Steve

    August 14, 2021 at 12:58 pm

    This club is not ready for prime time yet.
    let’s see them stay in contention for the N.L. East
    Win it, and that would max out this squad for what
    they are. An average team with a WAY ABOVE average payroll.
    Who’s fault is that? Well NOT the Players, Nor the coaches.

  4. Steve

    August 14, 2021 at 1:01 pm

    When management does not develop talent
    They are forced to overpay for free agents
    raising the payroll that creates the current
    situation of an average team with a top 5 payroll

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