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2021 Postgame Recaps

Disastrous 7th inning hurts Wheeler as Phillies are swept by D-Backs

Zack Wheeler received little help on Thursday afternoon. (/Icon Sportswire)

When a team is struggling to score runs like the Phillies have been, a one-run deficit can feel insurmountable — let alone a larger one.

But down a run late in Thursday afternoon’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field, the Phillies did themselves — and their ace pitcher Zack Wheeler — no favors in trying to keep the score within reach.

A fielding gaffe by third baseman Ronald Torreyes in a 1-0 game helped kick off a seventh-inning collapse as the Phillies lost 6-2, dropping all three in the series against the D-Backs and falling to four games out of first place in the National League East.

With a runner on third base and one out in the bottom of the inning, a ground ball to third appeared poised to turn into a big break for Philadelphia. Arizona’s Christian Walker strayed a bit too far off the bag on his secondary lead, and Torreyes had an opportunity to tag him for the second out. However, Torreyes whiffed on his initial tag attempt, and Walker was able to maneuver his way back before being touched.

Up to that point, Wheeler had been sharp. The only damage the D-Backs had done came on an RBI bloop single by Walker in the fourth. But after the misplay left runners on first and third, the D-Backs got to the right-hander.

Nick Ahmed hit a two-run double to left field off Wheeler, extending Arizona’s lead to 3-0. D-Backs pitcher Madison Bumgarner added an RBI blooper for a single after that. After a walk, Enyel De Los Santos entered for Wheeler, giving up a two-run double to Josh VanMeter to make it six earned runs on the starter’s line.

Bumgarner was effective for Arizona, allowing just three hits and one run in eight innings. He surrendered the run in the eighth on an RBI fielder’s choice by Jean Segura, but already had a comfortable lead by that point.

The Phillies scored another in the ninth off Taylor Clarke to make it a 6-2 game on a Torreyes RBI single and then loaded the bases later in the frame. It was too little, too late for Philadelphia, though, as Clarke worked out of the jam to clinch the sweep for the 41-81 D-Backs.

Shibe Vintage Sports Starting Pitching Performance

  • Wheeler’s six-run line wasn’t pretty, but he did get little help from those around him. At the same time, you do wish your Cy Young candidate could’ve still worked out of that messy seventh inning if you’re the Phillies, especially when he’s facing a .226 hitter like Ahmed in a crucial spot.
  • The left-hander Bumgarner isn’t the same pitcher he was in the early 2010s with the San Francisco Giants, but still provided a vintage performance. He put together a crafty outing, taking advantage of a brutally underperforming Phillies offense.

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  1. Matt

    August 19, 2021 at 6:46 pm

    I’d say that this team is a joke, but jokes are supposed to be funny.

  2. William

    August 19, 2021 at 7:13 pm

    Most disfuctional team in baseball, I see no reason to bring this bunch back to togerther again.
    They don’t even lose with grace !

  3. Jason

    August 20, 2021 at 1:36 pm

    They will win tonight against the Padres, probably by 9 runs. They will win on Saturday which will make it two in a row and again our hopes will be up. The headlines will change from despair to hope. Then on Sunday they will get 1 hit, leave 8 stranded, give up 12 runs and again the headlines will read despair and us phans will be left hopeless. Players and Giardi will talk about there’s still time left, we just need to string together a run. And they will be right. But seriously, when in over 10 years has stringing together a bunch of wins seemed plausible let along possible? The farm system is horrible, the only real stars- JT, Bryce and Zack can’t carry this team along and the team isn’t consistent at the plate, in the field or on the mound. This team does alot of things right, but they NEVER do everything right at the same time for more than, I don’t know, 8 games… Maybe this team is cursed? Maybe it wasn’t Uncle Charlie, or Ryan or Pete or Gabe or Joe? Maybe they need to recruit scouts from the Braves system. Maybe they should be Sellers this offseason… letting Bryce, Zack and JT off the hook and plead with the fanbase to give them 10 more years to revamp the farm system and remake a very broken organization. Welcome to Philadelphia, Heartbreak City!

  4. seahawk7

    August 21, 2021 at 6:38 am

    To even say this team has a chance at the playoffs is an absolute joke. There has to be some serious conversations after the season is over. I can’t blame Dave D. at this point. However, he needs to make some really tough decisions in the off season. The Braves lose their best player for the year, lose some key pitchers and still find a way to win. If I was Girardi, I wouldn’t want to cone back for another year unless there are some major changes. For example, how does a quality pitcher like Aaron Nola go into the toilet for a full year? And why hasn’t anyone been able to figure out why? I guarantee if he played for the Braves for example, his issues would have been diagnosed a lot earlier in the season and corrected. Just my opinion.

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