Game 103 - Friday Night, July 30th in Pittsburgh
Record - 51-52, 2nd Place, 3 1/2 games behind the Mets
One Sentence Summary: On trade deadline day, the Phillies suffered one of their worst losses of the year, turning in a lifeless performance against the last place Pirates.
What It Means: So much for a momentum swing following the dramatic Brad Miller game-winning grand slam on Thursday afternoon.
What Happened: Vince Velasquez was shelled, pitching two innings and allowing five runs on six hits, and effectively ending his time in the starting pitching rotation. Bryce Harper lost two balls in the outfield, contributing to the mess. The Phillies offense had one hit - an Alec Bohm single. Both Rhys Hoskins and Jean Segura were out of the line-up with nagging injuries.
Featured Card: There was a complete trading frenzy across Major League Baseball on Friday with the Phillies pulling off three trades of their own. I'm happiest about the trade that didn't happen, as last year's top draft pick, and currently the Phillies top prospect, Mick Abel was requested by a few teams as a starting point for any blockbuster deals. Specifically, the Cubs reportedly wanted Abel as part of the return for closer Craig Kimbrel. The Phillies held their ground and Abel remains in the system, and hopefully he'll fare better than Spencer Howard, the newest Texas Ranger.
Transactions: In terms of the active roster, Travis Jankowski (of) was activated fro the Covid injured list. Matt Joyce (of) was moved to the 60-day injured list and Brandon Kintzler (rhp) was designated for assignment.
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