PHILS SINKING LIKE A ROCK IN THE WEST AFTER GIANTS SWEEP!

By Sam Bush

Don’t look now but the Phillies, who started their West Coast trip on a high, are sinking like a rock.

They are 2-5 so far on a 10-game road trip. They have scored only one run in 29 innings.

And they are 31-26, three games behind the Braves in the National League East.

Dereck Rodriguez earned his first big league win, giving up a home run to Jake Arrieta but outpitching the Phillies ace to lead the San Francisco Giants over the Phillies 6-1 for a three-game sweep.

The 25-year-old righty had pitched just once before in the majors, going 3 1/3 innings in relief last Tuesday at Colorado.

Making his first start, Rodriguez gave up one run — on Arrieta’s sixth career homer — and five hits in six innings. He walked two and struck out six.

Arrieta’s frustration boiled over after the game. He took aim at the team he joined this year, upset at the Phillies’ defensive positioning.

“We’re the worst in the league with shifts, so we need to change that,” Arrieta said.

Arrieta didn’t offer specific recommendations.

“Use your eyes, make an adjustment and be better. We need some accountability all the way around. Everybody, top to bottom,” Arrieta said.

“We need to have an accountability check,” he said. “This is a key moment in our season. We had a pretty good April, a pretty good May. June isn’t starting out so well.”

Asked if he thought the team had the wherewithal to do that, Arrieta said, “if there’s not, I’ll make sure there is.”

Arrieta (5-3) allowed five runs and eight hits in six innings. The 2015 NL Cy Young Award winner had given up just three earned runs over his last 35 innings when the Giants broke through in the sixth to score five times.

Andrew McCutchen hit a three-run homer, an opposite-field shot that helped the Giants win their fourth in a row. They’ve taken five straight at home.

McCutchen hadn’t homered in 159 previous plate appearances, the longest power dry spell of his career.

Arrieta hadn’t allowed a home run in 33 consecutive innings.

The Giants trailed 1-0 when manager Bruce Bochy pinch-hit Alen Hanson for Rodriguez in the sixth. Hanson beat out an infield hit that was among five straight hits in a five-run inning. McCutchen’s opposite-field drive off Arrieta broke it open.

Buster Posey hit his fourth home run off Phillies reliever Hector Neris in the eighth.

About admin

Loading Facebook Comments ...

Leave a Reply