Giants 7, Phillies 4
Game 99 - Monday Night, July 21st in Philadelphia
Record - 43-56
One Sentence Summary: The home losses keep piling up as the Phillies dropped the series opener to the Giants, 7-4.
What It Means: I'm actually looking forward to the trade deadline. Something's got to give.
What Happened: At least the Phillies offense tried to battle back into this game, but they just couldn't overcome the rough start from Cliff Lee. Lee made his return from the disabled list and tied a career high with 12 hits allowed while surrendering six runs.
Featured Card: The Phillies had 14 singles in the game, representing the first time they had 14 or more hits without an extra base hit in a game they lost since April 22, 1989. (From Bob Vetrone Jr.'s Tweet.) Tommy Herr led the way with three singles and Phillies Room favorite Bob Dernier added two singles as well.
This season is definitely taking on a 1989-ish type vibe.
Transactions: In a flurry of roster moves before the game, Lee, Wil Nieves and Reid Brignac were all activated from the disabled list. Koyie Hill and Cesar Hernandez were sent back to Lehigh Valley while Tony Gwynn, Jr. was designated for assignment. By all accounts, Gwynn was a class act (like his father) and I hope he ends up on a winning team somewhere.