Another bad exit from Matt Moore leads the Phillies – Phillies Nation
Final score: Nationals 6, Phillies 4
The Phillies can’t survive any longer without starting to help pitchers.
Matt Moore, the $ 3 million free agent who retired from the Nippon Baseball League in Japan and was seen as a crafty veteran who reinvented himself abroad, allowed six earned runs in four innings . He’s got a 6.35 ERA in his last five starts and is in danger of losing his spot in the rotation. The same can be said for Vince Velasquez. By default, Moore can keep starting because they don’t have a lot of alternatives.
Fortunately, the Phillies are on the verge of acquiring Pirates left-hander Tyler Anderson. Perhaps. The agreement is a bit blocked because Jim Salisbury from NBC Sports Philadelphia reports that the Pirates have suspended the deal to sift the medical examinations of Cristian Hernandez, a Low-A launcher included in the original deal. If the trade goes through, it will surely provide a much needed boost to the end of the spin.
The trouble in the game started with Josh Bell’s three-run homerun to right field. Then Juan Soto hit a three-run home run a set later. In between, the Phillies got a comeback on Bryce Harper’s brace late in the first.
But the momentum started to change in the fifth. Harper’s weeklong rush of speed came to a head when he landed a home run inside the park. Andrew McCutchen followed in the next at-bat with a pop fly that won in the second row of seats in left field. The Phillies were down two, but Citizens Bank Park was in turmoil.
The bullpen gave the offensive a chance to recover. In his first appearance since being off the COVID-19 injured list, Chase Anderson pitched two scoreless innings. Jose Alvarado looked dirty in a painless seventh inning of work. Ditto for Connor Brogdon and Enyel De Los Santos.
The Phillies’ best chance to come back came in their eighth half. Rhys Hoskins had an impressive 10-pitch walk to the start. Didi Gregorius hit a ball along the third base line which deflected Alcides Escobar and was found guilty. It appeared that the ball had touched the line on the way down, but upon examination the appeal was upheld. It turned out to be a huge game as the round ended with an Andrew Knapp ball that was within a foot or two of reaching the stands. It would have at least got a home run with the round continuing with an RBI chance for Jean Segura.
The game rightly ended with a chance for last night’s hero McCutchen to tie the game against Brad Hand. Instead, he looked at a shot called three.
Shibe Vintage Sports Start the pitch performance
Erick Fedde: 4 2/3 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 2 HR, 86 pitches
Fedde was in service for the Nationals earlier this year, but going back to his last start against the Phillies on June 23, the 28-year-old allowed 24 earned runs in 25 1/3 innings. Harper saw it exceptionally well. He now has eight hits in 17 batting appearances against Fedde.
Matt Moore: 4 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO, 2 HR, 69 slots
The best thing to say is that he should be credited with not allowing runs in the third and fourth innings. That’s all there is to say since the first two races were brutal. To succeed against the Nats, Moore had to avoid putting grassroots runners in front of home run threats like Soto and Bell. This does not happen.
Phillies nugget of the game
Tuesday night marked the third time this season that Harper has dropped a cycle triple. He’s done it 12 times in his career, including six times with the Phillies and twice in July.
Ticket IQ Next game
- Wednesday July 27 vs Nationals at Citizens Bank Park
- 7:05 p.m. ET
- TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia
- Radio: SportsRadio 94 WIP
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