The Philadelphia Phillies are not playing inspired – or inspiring – baseball. They were able to tally a total of two hits and four walks against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The reigning National League MVP Andrew McCutchen had four hits all by himself and was just a home run shy of a cycle.
The two starters couldn’t have had more different performances on the mounds. Gerrit Cole (7-4) was making his second start for the Pirates after coming off the DL. He only lasted five innings, but he threw 80 pitches and only allowed one hit. He was pulled from the game for soreness in his right lat. On the other side, Roberto Hernandez (3-8) couldn’t have had a worse first inning. He saw nine batters, allowed four runs on five hits and threw 45 pitches in the first frame. “Everything went wrong,” Hernandez said of his start. “I couldn’t get the ball down, and everything I threw was flat.”
The Pirates outperformed at the plate on our nation’s birthday, too. Ben Revere tallied one hit, one run, a walk, and stolen base. After that, there was a lot of zeros on the box score for the Phillies. Chase Utley had the other hit, while Jimmy Rollins accounted for a walk and a run and Ryan Howard and Cody Asche both snagged their own walks.
While there was some hope that the Phillies might make a run during June, that hope is gone now The Phils are 24th in the league in runs (324), 26th in batting average (.240), 27th in on-base percentage (.303), and 28th in slugging (.365). The pitching isn’t much better, ranking 16th in ERA (3.86), 17th in quality starts (44), 20th in WHIP (1.33), and 15th in batting average against (.251).
In game two of the series, the Phillies will try to bound back with David Buchanan (4-4) taking the hill against Edinson Volquez (6-6). The game is scheduled for a 4:05 ET at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.
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