SAN DIEGO — The Phillies played poorly in all phases of the game in suffering an 8-4 loss to the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night. The Phils had just four hits in the first eight innings of the game. They made two errors. The Phillies have lost three in a row and five of their last six to fall to 43-74. The Padres aren't much better at 53-66, but they're better than the Phillies. The Phillies are 1-4 against the Padres this season. Starting pitching report Mark Leiter Jr., filling in for injured Vince Velasquez, did not pitch well. However, his mates played horrible defense behind him. Leftfielder Rhys Hoskins misplayed a ball into a double in the first inning and that led to three runs, and
When Bryce Harper went down Saturday night during the Nationals' game against the San Francisco Giants, everyone in D.C. stopped breathing for a moment. This was true even for Nats GM Mike Rizzo. "We've all felt it," Rizzo said.
Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals suffered a significant bone bruise on his left knee last weekend when he slipped awkwardly on first base following a rain delay lasting more than three hours. The Nationals avoided disaster, as Harper didn’t suffer any ligament damage, but the outfielder’s injury makes Washington’s stretch run a bit more difficult and calls into question whether MLB should tweak its rules. On the flip side, Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins has had far better luck recently, launching home runs on an almost nightly basis. Some wonder whether Stanton, who set a Marlins single-season franchise record with his 43rd homer earlier this week, could launch 60 bombs before all is said and done.