Indians 5, Phillies 2
Game 152 - Friday Night, September 20th in Cleveland
Record - 78-74, 4th place, 15 1/2 games behind the Braves
One Sentence Summary: The Phillies couldn't solve Shane Bieber and the Tribe won, 5-2.
What It Means: I'm getting tired of these game summary posts following a Phillies loss and I could use a break. It's still mathematically possible for the Phillies to win a Wild Card spot, but the probability of that happening is fading quickly.
What Happened: Starter Drew Smyly was chased in the third inning and the hodge podge Phillies bullpen did a great job of not letting the game get out of hand. The only two runs for the Phillies scored on Maikel Franco's RBI double in the fifth.
Featured Card: Cast-off by other teams, Nick Vincent, Blake Parker, Mike Morin and Jared Hughes have at least given the Phillies a fighting chance when their starting pitchers can't go more than a few innings. Vincent threw two scoreless innings in this game. Since he was on the mound for back-to-back walk-off losses in early September, he's made six appearances and thrown eight scoreless innings with one walk, four hits and 13 strikeouts.
Despite pitching in the Majors for eight seasons, Vincent finally received his first mainstream baseball card release this year in the Topps Total set. Vincent was a member of the Giants' bullpen until early August when he was released and then signed by the Phillies a week later.