Five things we learned from Phillies series win over Rockies
Wow, this bullpen needs work
Aaron Nola and the offense set the Phillies up beautifully for a win Tuesday night. Nola tossed 6.2 one-run innings, striking out 10 batters for the third time this season. He gave up four hits and walked nobody. Four runs batted in from Scott Kingery and a manufactured run in the eighth inning gave the team more than enough room for a win.
Then Luis Garcia had to go make it interesting. He gave up four straight singles without recording a single out. Seranthony Dominguez, the team’s de-facto closer, had to come in two days after throwing 41 pitches to put out the fire. Two more runs scored on a single and a sacrifice fly that just missed being a grand slam. Dominguez got the final two outs on a hard line drive and check-swing strikeout of Nolan Arenado to pick up his third save of the season.
This game was yet just another example of the bullpen almost blowing it before Dominguez came in and saved the day. He thankfully didn’t have to pitch Wednesday and Thursday after working the team out of another jam. At this point, he is the only reliever manager Gabe Kapler can trust in high-leverage situations.
Games like Tuesday’s show why this team desperately needs help with their bullpen. The return of Pat Neshek and a potential trade deadline acquisition would do wonders to shoring up a bullpen that has struggled in the last month.