From The Box Score- San Francisco Giants vs Philadelphia Phillies- 7/30/19

We are one day away from the trade deadline, in which many players are expected to be on the move, but tonight at Citizens Bank Park the Phillies went with a player they got through free agency on July 21st. 

Drew Smyly got a chance to showcase his stuff and show the organization that he belongs in the starting rotation, as he got his second start against the visiting San Francisco Giants. Smyly got a no-decision in his first start against Pittsburgh where he went 6 innings allowing one run and striking out 8.  His counterpart tonight was Tyler Beede, a righty with a 3-4 record and a 4.85 ERA. 

The storyline of tonight’s game was based strongly on these two pitchers.  A side note to this matchup is Beede had not faced any of the Phillies hitters in his career and Smyly had faced only 3 Giants players in his career so both pitchers were foreign to the other team.       

Smyly definitely showed his best stuff early and often.  He struck out the first two Giant batters, surrendered a walk, but a ground out by Buster Posey brought the first to an end.  In the 2nd he allowed a leadoff single to Kevin Pillar, who was caught in a pickoff attempt and thrown out at 2nd.  He shut down the side in the 3rd and allowed a lead off single to Mike Yastrzemski in the 4th, who was forced at 2nd on a ground ball from Austin Slater.  Smyly got Posey to hit into an inning-ending double play to end the threat.  In the 5th, he got two quick outs before allowing a single, but he battled back with a strikeout to finish off the inning.         

Beede was doing his best to match Smyly, inning for inning, which for the most part he did.  The Phillies were able to get 2 runs on the board, in the 4th and again in the 5th. In the 4th inning, JT Realmuto got the inning going with a single to left, followed by a single to center off the bat of Cesar Hernandez.  Realmuto advanced to 3rd and Hernandez to 2nd on the throw.  Maikel Franco, whose name is being thrown around in trade discussions, grounded out to 2nd to bring in Realmuto with the Phillies first run.  Adam Haseley doubled and Hernadez scampered home with the 2nd run.  In the 5th with one out,  Bryce Harper walked and Rhys Hoskins homered over the center field wall to give Smyly all the support he would end up needing.  The Phillies did manage to load the bases later in the inning but Beede worked his way out of the inning.       

Smyly came back out for the 6th and 7th innings and only allowed one single in the two innings.  He was very effective all night but his pitch count rose up over 100 in the 7th inning and manager Gabe Kapler chose to bring in Nick Pivetta in the 8th.  Smyly scattered 4 hits in his 7 innings, allowed one walk, striking out 5 and never allowed a runner to 2nd base.       

The Giants did get on the board in the 8th, pinch hitter Brandon Belt homered to right center and Stephen Vogt homered to left center making the score 4-2 in favor of Philadelphia.  Hector Neris came in and slammed the door on the Giants in the ninth, retiring the side in order.       

Beede was impressive for the Giants, going 5 innings but allowed 10 hits and 4 walks and the bullpen only allowed 1 hit but the 4 runs allowed in the middle innings did the Giants in.       

Smyly may be what the Phillies have needed as he’s pitched 13 innings of ball allowing 0 earned runs tonight and only allowed one run in total.

David Curtoys

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