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2021 Postgame Recaps

Phillies embarrassed by Rockies as postseason starts to feel like long shot

Bryce Harper and the Phillies have lost four games in a row. (Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)

Final: Rockies 11, Phillies 2

The Philadelphia Phillies are in the thick of a pennant race as the 2021 season winds down, but it sure didn’t feel that way at Citizens Bank Park Friday night.

In today’s game, a bullpen game in September hardly means that you’re a bad team. But when the arm that you hoped to get multiple innings from only records one out, you’re probably in big trouble.

After Sam Coonrod set the Colorado Rockies down in order in the top of the first inning, Joe Girardi turned to Bailey Falter in the second inning, seemingly hoping to get at least two innings from the rookie lefty. Instead, Falter recorded just one out, allowing two walks, two hits and three earned runs.

To the credit of the Phillies, the game was still in reach after the 4 1/2 innings Friday, in part because Cam Bedrosian allowed only one hit over 1 2/3 innings. Heck, even Matt Moore — whose struggles as a starter prompted the Phillies to turn to a bullpen game every five days — only allowed one run over the course of two innings.

However, the Phillies failed to capitalize on a scoring opportunity in the home half of the fifth, with National League MVP candidate Bryce Harper striking out to end the inning, leaving two runners on base. Following the strikeout, Harper threw his helmet on the ground, perhaps frustrated with the increasing likelihood that the Phillies won’t reach the postseason in the first three years of his 13-year/$330 million deal.

Things got even worse for the Phillies in the top of the seventh inning. After a clean first inning of work, Ramón Rosso allowed back-to-back home runs off the bats of Trevor Story and C.J. Cron. The consecutive blasts traveled a combined 837 feet, extending the Rockies lead to 6-0:

In addition to Harper slamming his helmet, frustration boiled over for Brad Miller after he struck out looking with two runners on the eighth inning:

The Phillies would ultimately lose 11-2, as JD Hammer inherited a bases-loaded situation from Enyel De Los Santos in the top of the ninth inning, only for Elías Díaz to promptly unload them:

Didi Gregorius did hit a solo home run in the top of the ninth inning, with Harper adding an RBI single to help the Phillies to avoid a shutout. Still, the Phillies fell to 71-70 with a disastrous loss.

At some point, the Phillies need to go on a run if they hope to have a serious chance of reaching the postseason for the first time since 2011, whether it’s as the National League East Champions, or winners of the second Wild Card spot in the senior circuit. Seemingly, a four-game series against a Rockies team that entered the series with an 18-50 record in road games was their best opportunity to do that. Instead, the Phillies have lost the first two games of a crucial September series.

As you looked around Citizens Bank Park Friday night, it didn’t feel like 2007-2011. Heck, it didn’t feel like 2004-2006. In front of 22,138 fans, the Phillies fell to 3-6 in September, leaving you to wonder if a fourth consecutive swoon in the final month of the season is in store.

Shibe Vintage Sports Starting Pitching Performance

  • Germán Márquez — who is tied with Zack Wheeler for the league lead in complete games at 3 — turned in a solid outing for Bud Black Friday. Across six innings, the 26-year-old limited the Phillies to six hits and no runs, while striking out six.
  • Sam Coonrod got the ball as the Phillies opener, and while Charlie Blackmon did lead off by hitting a ball to the warning track in center field, it was ultimately a 1-2-3 top of the first.

Phillies Nugget Of The Game

Congrats to Crossing Broad‘s Bob Wankel on the birth of his first child:

Ticket IQ Next Game

  • Saturday, Sept. 11 vs. Rockies at Citizens Bank Park
  • 6:05 p.m. ET
  • TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia
  • Radio: SportsRadio 94 WIP


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  1. Martin

    September 11, 2021 at 12:34 am

    Concerning Ramon Rosso. Which of the Phillies’ minor league affiliates is furthest from Citizen’s Bank Park? Do we have an affiliate in Siberia?

  2. Martin

    September 11, 2021 at 12:01 pm

    Today’s Rockies starter is a lefty (Kyle Freeland 5-7 4.69 87Ks). The last lefty starter we faced was last Tuesday in Milwaulkee. Using that as a template Brad Miller, Didi Gregorius and Odubel Herrera (all LH hitters) would sit in favor of righties Realmuto (at first), Torreyes, Vierling and Marchan (switchitter). “Ace” Wheeler (12-9 29.1 217Ks) on the mound.

  3. seahawk7

    September 11, 2021 at 12:50 pm

    Well folks. What more is there to say….At this point, I am very interested and looking forward to the off season. Dave Dombrowski had to content with the hand he was dealt for this year. I fully expect him to put his mark on this team in 2022. Translation: Wholesale changes.
    This team has no drive, no sense of urgency. Of course they say all the right things, but words are meaningless without results to back them up. If you doubt this, just look at the last two games. The way they are playing right now, they will be lucky to finish at 500 let alone win the division. They are playing like a team that is 30 games out and just playing out the string. Believe me, I am not a pessimist. I am a realist. I hope I am wrong, but the actions and results speak for themselves.

  4. Martin

    September 11, 2021 at 2:27 pm

    I hope there is no fire sale and rebuild. The core of the team: Harper, Realmuto, Segura, and Wheeler, Nola, Suarez, & Gibson are all under contract and in the primes of their careers. It includes an MVP level offensive player and a Cy Young level pitcher.

    Behind the plate.. Realmuto is an All-star. He only looks less than great when you are trying to make him the 2nd best hitter on the team. He’s much better than most catchers. Marchan has also been very encouraging. Good-to-go. At first.. Hoskins will come back and although he isn’t amazing – he has been the other hitter the team could count on and an RBI & home run leader. We will likely lose Miller to free agency, but Miller is a part-time player. In the rest of the infield – the Segura, Gregorius, Bohm infield isn’t going to work – they are weak defensively and didn’t deliver on the promise of copious offense (or at least reliable offense). I’m not sure what happens there but Galvis (who can be re-signed) and Torreyes promise that the defense can be improved and still provide some clutch hitting. They can hold short (& third if required) until Stott is ready. I think Bohm is under-valued and to shake things up – we should trade Gregorius while he still has value. In the outfield – McCutchen is a free agent. We can try to sign him or not. Some of the others esp. Vierling and Jankowski have looked great at times and Quinn may come back. Ideally in the spring of 2022 Herrera will have some competition. If we can get a whole season out of Hoskins and have someone to protect Harper I think the offense can be enough to make the playoffs.

    The starting rotation has had bad days, but the first four are pitchers anyone would want. Eflin won’t start 2022 and so we’ll need another starter. This is not a starting rotation for the ages – but it’s enough to win this division. Relief: though they are occasionally brillaint – Kennedy is not Gibson and Neris is not Saurez. The good news is that basically everyone is a free agent (Kennedy, Bradley, Neris, Velasquez, Moore), so cleaning house may be easier than it seems. The only guys we keep – Brogdon, Falter, Coonrod, and Hammer – have been as effective as their more expensive elders. Hey, maybe Bedrosian can play a role. After last night I have much less confidence in Ramon Rosso.

    I agree Dombrowski is just starting to put his stamp on this team. If he lets some salary go to free agency (five or six players) – he can try to sign us some relief pitching from the market and trade Gregorius for another starter or more relief pitching.

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