The Philadelphia Phillies offense seemed to be possibly coming out of its shell after Monday nights performance against the San Francisco Giants in San Francisco. In Tuesday night's game the Phillies were getting runners in scoring position and they were generating scoring opportunites, which has been a problem in the early part of this season. Six times in Tuesday's game the Phillies leadoff man reached base but the Phillies just could not ge the job done and get the important hit that would bring the run in. The San Francisco Giants defeated the Philadelphia Phillies at AT&T Park in San Francisco, 4-2.
The inning in Tuesday night's game that really hurt the Philadelphia Phillies was the top of the sixth inning. Jimmy Rollins lead off the inning and got on base with a hit. Hunter Pence was hit by a pitch and the Phillies had runners on first and second with no one out. Ty Wigginton came to the plate and hit a ground ball to shortstop Brandon Crawford, which was a double play grounder but he could not handle the ball and Wigginton got on base and the Phillies were in business with the bases loaded and no one out. It really looked like and appeared that the Phillies were going to have a big inning. John Mayberry Jr. popped up to first base for out one. Carlos Ruiz than hit a sacrafice fly which did score Jimmy Rollins from third base. Then second baseman Freddy Galvis grounded out for the final out in the inning and the Phillies were held to just one run when they should of scored more. This was the ball game.
In this game Charlie Manuel had a majority of right handed bats in the starting lineup because they were going against the Giants left handed pitcher Madison Bumgarner. Bumgarner pitched 6-2/3 innings. The Phillies were hoping that Mayberry Jr. would be able to breakout of the early season slump he has been in. The Phillies are going to have to decide soon to either keep him in the lineup or put Juan Pierre in his place in leftfield. Pierre when put into games is getting on base and he pretty much is forcing manager Charlie Manuel to well have to put him in the starting lineup. The Phillies are trying to let Mayberry Jr figure it out in the lineup but for how long?
The Phillies had Joe Blanton on the mound. He was making his second start of 2012 and only his second in almost a year. Blanton pitched five innings and gave up 11 hits, and struck out two batters on the night. He kept the Phillies in the game but the Phillies hitters just did not give him the supporter he deserved. Joe Blanton's record fell to 1-2.
The Phillies right now need to generate runs when they get runners into scoring position. Getting the runners on base and in scoring position is happening but now they need that one big hit to get the runs home. This is when they do need the big bats of Chase Utley and Ryan Howard in the lineup. This lineup needs to find someone in the lineup to step up lead and get that big hit in the big situation.