Phillies lose the game and second baseman, ending a miserable May with their fifth straight loss


Phillies lose the game and second baseman, ending a miserable May with their fifth straight loss

The last night of May was like so many others for the Phillies.

Not enough offense, a defensive miscue and a longball against the bullpen all conspired against the Phils in an 11-inning 7-4 loss to the San Francisco Giants Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park.

As if a fifth straight loss and the painful reality of being 12½ games behind in the NL East weren’t enough insult, the Phils also suffered an injury.

Second baseman Jean Segura took a pitch off his right index finger while trying to land in the seventh inning. X-rays showed a fracture. He will have further tests on Wednesday but will end up on the injured list.

Segura is one of the team’s best players and one of the few reliable defenders.

“Someone has to step up,” said manager Joe Girardi.

Shortstop Didi Gregorius has recovered from a sprained knee and is playing at Triple A in rehab from injury. It’s possible his schedule could be accelerated. Johan Camargo, who played a lot of shortstop without Gregorius, could switch to second base.

“I’m not sure what we’re going to do,” Girardi said. “We’ll talk about that tonight.”

That sounded like a lot of fun after a game of four hours and 52 minutes.

The Phils ended a miserable month from May 10-18.

“June must be better,” said Girardi. “The last two weeks have been really frustrating for our club. We had a lot of tough losses, the last ones (three) in extra innings. It was really tough. We had chances to win; we just didn’t do it.”

The Phils had chances to win Tuesday night. They left the potential winning run in second place in the ninth when Nick Castellanos was busted. They left the bases loaded at the end of the 11th when former Phillie Jose Alvarez beat Roman Quinn to end the game. The Phils left 14 men on base and were only 3 for 17 with runners in the scoring position.

The Giants scored three goals in the top of 11th place against reliever Andrew Bellatti to break a 4-4 tie. Donovan Walton had an RBI double and Joc Pederson had a two-run homer in the inning.

Starter Ranger Suarez struggled with command issues but made key outs when he needed them. Helpers Connor Brogdon and Seranthony Dominguez also hit big outs and the score was tied 3-3 after nine innings.

The Giants pushed their way over the tie-breaking run at the top of 10th place due to an error by pitcher Jeurys Familia.

The extra inning started with a man in second place. Familia brought a hard-hit ground ball to first base by Pederson. Rhys Hoskins threw the ball deep behind the pocket and tossed Familia, but not only was the pitcher late for the pocket, he dropped the throw, allowing Wilmer Flores to score in second.

The Phils leveled the game with two outs at the end of the 10th with an Alec Bohm hit. The ground ball would have been a game end, but it hit the second base pocket and was carried to midfield, allowing the run to score.

It turns out that Familia’s mental blunder (failing to cover base in time) and his physical blunder at the top of 10th place put the Phillies in a bind.

“He didn’t get over in time,” said Girardi. “I mean, that’s Baseball 101. He’s probably done it 1,000 times.”

Had he done it this time…

“They might not have scored,” Girardi said — and the Phillies might have won it with Bohm’s hit late in the 10th.

Instead, the Phillies go 21-29 into June.

Hard to believe.

“I definitely think we’re better than our record shows,” said Kyle Schwarber. “But we have to go out there and find a way to win games.”

Starting Wednesday night with Aaron Nola on the Hill. He will try to prevent the Phils from being swept in two consecutive series.

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