Phillies vs. Giants: Phils loses again after dramatic late homerun

If only the Phillies could parry a few of these dramatic clutch hits into victories.

For the third time in seven games, the Phillies hit a homerun in the eighth inning or later to tie the game or take the lead.

They’ve lost all three.

After Corey Knebel gave up a homerun in the ninth inning for the second time in about 20 hours, Kyle Schwarber picked him up with a tying solo shot on the second pitch of the bottom of the ninth.

The game went into extra innings, where Giants catcher Curt Casali hit a game-winning two-run shot off Andrew Bellatti. The 5-4 loss was the fourth in a row for the struggling Phillies, who are 21-28 and the furthest below .500 since the last day of the 2017 season.

That was a long time ago. That was pre-Gabe Kapler, shaking hands with his Giants players after beating Joe Girardi’s Phils in the first of three games this week.

“I wouldn’t say it’s been a rough month for me, I’ve just had two bad outings in a row,” said Knebel. “Two solo home runs, that’s it.”

Knebel did not concede an earned point in nine of his first 10 appearances this season. Since then, he has given up seven earned runs in 10⅔ innings, and it is clear that the timing of those runs was devastating.

Girardi, who trusted Knebel as closer earlier in the day, reiterated that he will still be the man in the ninth inning.

“It’s tough, but you know, everyone in that room went through hard times in life,” Girardi said. “And you get to the other side, otherwise you wouldn’t be in that room. Sometimes what you’re going through seems like the worst thing you’ve ever been through and looking back, you can probably pinpoint a time in your life that you got through it.” , they just have to keep doing their job, working this out.

“It’s going to change, it’s going to change. I believe in them. I believe in Knebel, I believe in everyone in that room. We’ve had a grueling 2½ weeks and we’ve been through some really heavy losses. She’ will respond .”

As was so often the case this season, the Phillies were unable to play a full game. This afternoon, they pitched well for 8⅔ innings and played clean defensively, but failed to hit. Sure there are some promising signs like Nick Castellanos and Schwarber looking to come out of their slump, but a team competing in Memorial Day 10½ games in the NL East has to start piling up wins and the Phils have failed to do so. .

The Phillies hit three solo home runs off Giants starter Logan Webb. Castellanos hit one in the second inning, Rhys Hoskins went deep in the fourth and Schwarber in the ninth. Webb went for a full game when Schwarber joined him. He still pitched very well overall with 10 strikeouts and didn’t give the Phillies a chance with a runner in scoring position.

Kyle Gibson started for the Phillies and avoided the bat until Wilmer Flores’ homerun with two runs in the sixth inning tied the game. Gibson came in sixth with just 68 pitches, but needed 27 to complete his last frame.

Gibson gave up two runs in his six innings on three hits, a walk and two hit batsmen. He had his slider working causing a slew of jam jobs, gently hitting balls off the butt of the bat.

Gibson has a 3.83 ERA. He has allowed two runs or less in seven of his ten starts and five of his last six this season.

“This is probably the best team I’ve ever been on,” Gibson said when asked why he’s so confident things will change. “I’ve been on teams that went to the play-offs and this is the best team I’ve ever been in. We have too many good players and too many good pitchers not to turn around. That’s the basis of my belief and I think that’s why everyone here believes in each other because if you look around the room you have a lot of really good players and players who have done a lot in their careers.

“I know it’s cliché and I know everyone is waiting, but that’s how baseball is sometimes. We haven’t lived up to expectations so far, but this is a 162 game season.”

The three-game series between the Phillies and Giants continues on Tuesday at 6:45 PM. Ranger Suarez (4-3, 4.74) looks set to make a comeback after successive short, high-stress outings. Righthander Jakob Junis (2-1, 2.76) goes for San Francisco.

Coming off a six-innings win over the Mets, Junis has been extremely prone to home runs throughout his six-year career with the fourth-highest home run count (1.6 per nine innings) among active MLB starters. The Phillies desperately need a win on Tuesday.

“Nobody likes to give up an edge and nobody likes to lose late. It seems magnified,” Gibson said. “But to lose late you have to be in the game and play really well. We’ve done that for the most part against some really good teams. It just hasn’t bounced our way.

“Where we see this team going is at some point we could be 2-0 behind in a playoff series. What are you going to do? Are you going to sulk and say you’re not up to expectations for the series so you might as well give up?No, you’re going to play the next game and try to make it 2-1.That’s all we can do at this point, keep playing game by game and keep faith in each other. “

Oh, what would this team’s fanbase give to even see a playoff series go to 2-0…

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