Monday, June 17, 2024

Game 71 - Phils Falter on Father's Day

Orioles 8
Phillies 3
Game 71 - Sunday Afternoon, June 16th in Baltimore
Record - 47-24, 1st Place, 8 games ahead of the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  Zack Wheeler gave up a career-high four home runs and the Phillies offense went 2 for 14 with runners in scoring position in this 8-3 Father's Day loss to the Orioles.

What It Means:  That ends the London-Boston-Baltimore road trip, with the Phillies going 3-5 over the 11-day stretch.  It will be good to come back home and open a series against the Padres on Monday night.

What Happened:  Wheeler gave up all eight runs and didn't make it out of the fifth inning.  Gunnar Henderson, Colston Cowser, Adley Rutschman and Jordan Westburg accounted for seven of the eight runs scored by the Orioles with their blasts.  The Phillies scored a pair of runs in the fifth on a Nick Castellanos ground out and a Alec Bohm single.  In the seventh, Bryce Harper doubled and Bohm doubled him home for the Phillies' third and final run.  The Phillies loaded the bases in the ninth but Edmundo Sosa struck out swinging to end the game.

Featured Card:  After a frustrating day of questionable strike calls by home plate umpire Mike Estabrook, manager Rob Thomson had had enough.  Garrett Stubbs was seemingly hit by a pitch and awarded first base in the sixth inning, with Estabrook and the umpiring crew reversing the original call.  Thomson came out to argue, going nose-to-nose with the umpire, and earning his first ejection of 2024 and his fourth ejection as a Phillies manager.

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