Giants 6, Phillies 2
Game 38 - Wednesday Night, May 22nd in Philadelphia
Record - 15-23, 5th Place, 9 games behind the Mets
One Sentence Summary: A costly error from John Russell and a lack of clutch hitting cost the Phillies in this 6-2 loss to the Giants.
What It Means: Once again, the Phillies couldn't pull off a series sweep. After an off-day on Thursday, Tony Gwynn and the Padres were coming to town for a three-game weekend series.
What Happened: The Phillies loaded the bases in the second and fourth innings, and both times Giants' starting pitcher Dave LaPoint was able to get out of those jams by retiring Phillies pitcher Kevin Gross. The offense went 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position, and Mike Schmidt went 0 for 4 as his average fell to .189.
The Giants took a 2-0 lead in the sixth on an RBI-single from Manny Trillo. Russell's error led to another run and Bob Brenly hit a ground-run double to give the Giants a 4-0 lead. Dave Rucker had a rough outing in relief, lasting 1 1/3 innings and giving up a pair of runs while walking four. Don Carman pitched a scoreless inning and his ERA went down to a surprising 0.59 mark.
The Giants had four errors of their own, but they ended up not really hurting the team.
Featured Card: Trillo, a former Phillies All-Star and the team's second baseman when they won their first World Championship in 1980, was set to be inducted into the team's Wall of Fame this August. There hasn't been any official announcement yet, but I'd have to imagine his ceremony will be postponed until next year and we'll get two Wall of Fame inductees in 2021.
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