December 10, 2023

Takeaways after Phillies’ offense comes up short in loss to Giants


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Philadelphia Phillies hitters went zero-for-eight with runners in scoring position and left 11 men on base. You can see where this is going. The Phillies had a mostly terrible offensive performance in a 2-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Monday night.

The loss dropped the Phillies to 8-8 on the season while the Giants, managed by former Phillies manager Gabe Kapler, improved to 10-6.

The Phillies have been shut out twice in their last six games.

The Phillies had seven hits in the game but only one for extra bases. Bryce Harper had three singles.

Here are three takeaways:

Missed chances

The Phillies had a bunch of those (the header) against Giants’ starter Kevin Gausman. They left two runners on base in the first, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth innings. They left runners on second and third in the third and fourth innings.

Gausman struck out J.T. Realmuto on a full-count splitter to end the third.

In the bottom of the fourth, the Phillies got a leadoff walk from Alec Bohm and a double from Jean Segura (the 200th of his career) to put runners on second and third with no outs. Gausman took advantage of the weak bottom third of the Phillies’ batting order, striking out rookies Mickey Moniak and Nick Maton before getting pinch-hitter Brad Miller on a ground ball to third base.

Gausman finished with six shutout innings. He allowed six hits, walked four, and struck out five.

Anderson’s night

Phillies starter Chase Anderson went four innings and gave up two runs.

Manager Joe Girardi lifted him for a pinch hitter with two outs and runners on second and third in the fourth. It was a sound move because Anderson has trouble getting past the fifth inning anyway and was already at 70 pitches.

Anderson gave up a two-out double to Evan Longoria in the third. Brandon Belt followed with a two-run homer on a 1-2 curveball for the game’s only scoring.

Moniak continues to struggle

Moniak went zero-for-four with two strikeouts.

He is zero-for-12 with eight strikeouts in four games since being added last week. 

Up next

Zack Wheeler gets the start Tuesday night against San Francisco right-hander Logan Webb.

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