It was one of those “hard to believe Harry” moments” when the Phillies blew a 6-3 lead in the eight and ninth innings last night in a must win game in Miami. Their poorly constructed bullpen cost them again as Tommy Hunter and Brandon Workman came up short in the 7-6 loss.
The first loss in the seven game series with the Marlins was costly to the Phillies as they are now only a half game ahead of the Marlins for second place in the N.L. East and a spot in the playoffs.
We learned Joe Girardi can not keep running out Hunter and Workman in the eight and ninth innings. You just can’t do the same thing over and over again and expect different results. Those two just do not have the right stuff in “close and late” situations as they showed last night.
As the Phillies come into the last two weeks of the 60-game season it sure looks like another non-playoff, losing season lies ahead of them unless changes are make the last two weeks.
J.T. Realmuto homered and double last night motivated by a waiting big free agent contract but Bryce Harper with his long terms contract continues to show he is not made of the right stuff. He went 0 for 3 and could not make a catch in the eight inning on a bases loaded line drive over his head off the short wall in right that resulted in three runs to tie up the game.
But there was some good news. Alec Bohm continues to show he can hit with runners in scoring position. He drove in a run last night on a base hit. Alec is now hitting .480 with a 1.091 OPS and 14 RBIs with RISP. He has the highest average all the MLB while hitting with RISP.
JoJo Romero showed last night he has the potential be an elite late inning reliever if given a chance. He sits his fastball in the 94-97 mph range. In six innings so far he has struck out 8 and walked 1. Righties have only hit 1 for 9 and lefties hit 1 for 10 against him in his seven appearances.
Another reliever would appear to be better than Hunter and Workman who have been providing instant offense to the opposition in close and late games. He is Blake Parker who is 3-0 out of the pen and has become a the 10th inning specialist. He has allow earned runs in only one of his nine appearances and that was a 14-1 blowout against the Mets.
One thing we do know is that the Phillies need to dump Hunter and Workman from pitching in late innings “close and late” games or in two weeks the team will not finish above .500 and not qualify for the playoffs, yet again!