Red Sox 6, Phillies 3
Game 148 - Sunday Afternoon, September 15th in Philadelphia
Record - 76-72, 4th place, 15 1/2 games behind the Braves
One Sentence Summary: The Phillies continued their slow walk towards the offseason with this lazy 6-3 loss.
What It Means: The Phillies currently trail the Cubs for the second Wild Card by 4 1/2 games with 14 games remaining. They'll need to go 6-8 to finish the season with a winning record. I'm thinking that payment I made to the Phillies for postseason tickets will either be refunded or applied toward my 2020 partial season ticket plan. Either way, they got an interest free loan from me.
What Happened: As Jim Salisbury bleakly Tweeted, the Phillies scored four runs in the two-game sweep at the hands of the Red Sox and they struck out 25 times. Rhys Hoskins hit his 28th home run to tie the game at 1-1 in the second. Cesar Hernandez and Jean Segura would later add RBI singles, but it wouldn't be enough.
Bryce Harper and Gabe Kapler were ejected in the fourth inning while Harper was complaining about a poor strike call from the home plate umpire.
Featured Card: Jason Vargas has made nine starts for the Phillies and has won none of them. As Jayson Stark Tweeted, the last Phillies pitcher with no wins in his first nine starts with the club was Kyle Abbott back in 1992. Vargas threw away a double play ball in the first that eventually led to the Red Sox' first run and then he surrendered a grand slam to Christian Vazquez in the third. We probably will need to endure two more Vargas starts this season.