By: Matthew Mack
The Phillies wrapped their series against the San Francisco Giants this afternoon. It did not go as well as anyone thought it would. With Gabe Kapler coming back to Citizens Bank Park for the first time since being fired in 2019. The Phillies fans showed their clear disappointment when giving the lineups before the game to the umpires.
Philly was very frustrating to watch. They dropped the first two games because of an inability to hit with runners in scoring position in the first game. In the second the bullpen went back to their old way giving up six runs in the 8th while coughing up a 6-4 lead going into the inning.
Zack Wheeler struggled a bit but maintained the lead in his start. He went five innings, got six strikeouts, allowed five hits, and 4 runs while walking three. The bullpen at times could not hold leads. However, in the last game of the series Bryce Harper bailed the bullpen out with a home run that barely cleared the right field wall to tie the game.
The Phillies offense came alive. Mickey Moniak hit his first major league home run in the second game of the series along with Rhys Hoskins, Brad Miller, and Alec Bohm. Andrew Knapp provided the game winning hit in the last game of the series. Sending Harper to score in the 9th. The offense was not the big downfall for the Phils in this series. The bullpen was the biggest weakness in this series. What the Phils cannot do is repeat what they have done last year, which is give up leads in the most porous of ways. The concerns do linger with the ‘pen outside of Hector Neris and others.
Let’s remember that we are in April and not August.