The Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees continued their three-game series Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park. Luis Severino one-uped Jonathan Loaisiga’s dominant start from Monday’s game with a masterful night of his own. The Yankee offense clicked on all levels while the Phillies’ offense laid a goose egg. The Yanks clinched the series win Tuesday night shutting out the Phils 6-0.
Remember how I talked about the Phillies needing to get to the opposing starter early in yesterday’s recap? Well, they didn’t do that last night. Granted, Severino is a bonafide ace and Cy Young Candidate with an opponent’s batting average under .200, but the Phillies could’ve looked a bit better in trying to buck that trend. The Phils managed to get a few hits here and there, but the team only managed to get two runners into scoring position and batted 0 for 4 in that situation. Severino’s final line ended with him striking out nine and allowing six hits over seven innings. The Yankees didn’t need to bring out their big bullpen guns, but Adam Warren and Chasen Shreve were good enough to hold on to the shutout.
Jake Arrieta started the night immediately on the wrong foot as Aaron Hicks led off the game with a home run. Arrieta seemed to regain his composer for the rest of the first inning as well as the second inning, but he ran into more trouble in the third. With two runners on and one out, Arrieta forced Didi Gregorius to hit a grounder right to Cesar Hernandez in double play depth. Hernandez tried to flip the ball out of his glove to Scott Kingery but a weak toss pulled Kingery off the bag and now, instead of at least getting the second out, the bases were loaded.
Mike Giancarlo Stanton struck out for the second out but Gleybar Torres and Greg Bird would hit back-to-back singles to bring home all three runs–all unearned runs for Arrieta. The Yankees would add one more in both the fourth and fifth innings and Arrieta would leave the game after five innings with a 6-0 deficit. Zac Curtis pitched two solid innings of relief although he allowed some baserunners. Victor Arano and Hector Neris both put up 1-2-3 innings in the eighth and ninth innings.
Just a terrible, terrible night for the Phils. You’d figure that Severino would be dominant the way he was. Hell, that’s half of why I bought a ticket to last night’s game, I wanted to see the guy at his best. The other half of why I went down to CBP was because of Arrieta. I saw “Arrieta vs. Severino” on the calendar and knew that was the game to go to. As Matt Gelb’s tweet points out, Jake hadn’t had the best June but he at least owned up to it. We could’ve seen him go down the calling out rout again but he knew he wasn’t blameless. Jake letting up seven homers in five starts is bad. The offense not scoring is bad. Only two runners in scoring position might be the worst of all. The Phillies offense had been fixing the problems that arose on the road at the start of the month but the past two nights have looked like they’re almost back at square one. Hopefully, the Phils avoid the sweep and can put together a respectable performance Wednesday night. Zach Eflin (5-2) will take the bump against Luis Cessa (0-0), who will be making his first start of the season.
- Stanton hit a ball in batting practice to the right of the scoreboard in left field. The guy loves hitting at CBP going back to his days as a Marlin. He’d end up going 1 for 4 with two strikeouts, a walk, and he got gunned out trying to extend his only hit into a double
- The Yankee fans once again flooded in Citizens Bank Park last night. It was a weird atmosphere to be in considering the Phillies did nearly nothing positive.
- Hector Neris! While I’m still not anywhere near sold on his return, seeing him come out in the ninth inning and strike out both Judge and Stanton was great