Philadelphia Phillies vs Cincinnati Reds: Five Observations from Philly’s First Loss
By John Town
Yeah, This Offense Still Needs Some Work
Just when you think the Phillies have started to cobble together a competent offense, they blow up those hopes the next game. As mentioned earlier, Brandon Finnegan controlled Philadelphia’s lineup. After a first inning where Finnegan was forced to throw 25 pitches, he had to throw just 63 to get through the next six innings.
The Phils helped Finnegan out quite a bit, striking out nine times. Tommy Joseph struck out three times during the game, while Cesar Hernandez and Freddy Galvis both went down on strikes twice. On the post-game show, the analysts discussed how the Phillies were getting “over-anxious” and got themselves throughout the game.
Philadelphia finally had a chance to score in the eighth when Aaron Altherr and Cameron Rupp had two straight infield singles to open up the inning. Galvis and Michael Saunders then both struck out before Hernandez ground out to end the inning and kill Philadelphia’s best chance to tie the game.