The Phillies dropped their second-straight game in San Francisco last night largely because an anemic offense failed to produce a run. Again. They also lost because the Giants scored a pair of runs, the first coming on an Andrew McCutchen bouncer to shortstop that scored Joe Panik ahead of Scott Kingery’s throw to the plate. Here’s the play:
— BWanksCB (@BWCrossingBroad) June 3, 2018
The Phillies challenged home plate umpire Jerry Meals’ call, but replay reviews upheld it. As it turns out, that was the wrong decision:
Penn State grad Byungjun Choi of 4D Replay shows how Kingery and Alfaro actuallly cut run last night. Phils lost challenge. This technology will likely be used in coming seasons. pic.twitter.com/K4iX0BPSzZ
— Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyNBCS) June 3, 2018
For those wondering, the 4D Replay technology is still in testing stages and is not yet officially utilized by Major League Baseball, so replay officials couldn’t use these looks to help them make the call.
The run was the lone blemish of Vince Velasquez’s 6.1 IP performance. It’s true that San Francisco added an insurance run in the eighth, and that the Phillies’ offense did not appear poised to score a run had the game lasted 15 innings, so it’s hard for me to get too worked up over this. Still, Panik’s run clearly altered the dynamics of the game and had a direct impact on its outcome.
The Phillies will try to score a run in today’s series finale. It will be Jake Arrieta against Dereck Rodriguez.