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    Phillies 11-2; Will Runs suffer after Covid Protocals?

    Phillies 11-2; Will Momentum suffer after Covid Protocals?

    Finally, the Phillies have been dominating offensively in runs. Coincidentally, players and coaches attributed this new found agressive offense to the new “sticky stuff” bans. However, a bout of Covid positive tests threaten to disrupt this momentum. But first, a little Murph Magic, who announced a whopper of a game.

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    Phillies 11-2; Will Momentum suffer after Covid Protocals? Sticky stuff ban. Phillies major offense runs.
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    11-2 Against Red Sox

    No sticky stuff, no problem. Apparently, the ball is flying at Fenway Park. On July 10th, the Phillies scored 11 runs and kept the Red Sox at only two runs. Where did the runs come from? Well, Rhys Hoskins hit a two-run double in the eighth. From that point, runs began to pour in.

    Next, Jean Segura landed three hits as well as drove in three runs out of the leadoff spot. Additionally, five Phillies had multi-hit games. Moreover, Alec Bohm hit a two-run shot in the second inning. Bohm has hit .310 with five doubles, two homers and 15 RBI in his last 26 games. One of them went over the Monster and bounced off a billboard near the left-field foul pole. But, then, confusingly exited the game in the eighth inning to which we later discovered was due to a covid positive test.

    And, Segura’s 10th career leadoff homer left the ballpark. Finally, Ronald Torreyes had three hits for Philadelphia, including a run-scoring single in the eighth.

    Overall, the Phils are 4-2 on their road trip and have scored a total of 55 runs, an average of 9.2 per game. Also, they’ve homered 15 times and have 30 extra-base hits in those six games.

    Post “Sticky Suff” Ban Baseball

    By now, fans are aware of the enforcement of the “sticky stuff” ban that forbids pitchers from using foreign substances when pitching. Well, as it was predicted,  it seems to have boasted offense. Boy, that ball is flying.

    “To me, it’s most prevalent on fastballs. Guys have a good slider, a good breaking ball. That’s just how it is. But, I think it effects their ability to pitch at the top of the zone like has been taught the last three, four, five years. That’s where I see the biggest difference.”

    -Rhys Hoskins

    Alec Bohm & the Covid Positive test

    Alec Bohm
    Phillies 11-2; Will Momentum suffer after Covid Protocals? Bohm. Sticky Stuff ban. Phillies offense runs.
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    Before the game, Phillies issued a statement of several players that had contracted Covid. This all started with one delayed positive Covid test and Alec Bohm. As Usual, MLB has always struggled in their procedures and implementation of rules and it’s evident with the newfound Covid/Pandemic additions. Each player is screened but how that is being done isn’t the most effective practice. Exhibit one, Alec Bohm plays almost an entire game before discovering he had a positive test. Then, Bohm was taken out in the 8th. But by then, he had played alongside teammates all day and risked exposure to the others.

    Jump to 7-11th, a game that Aaron Nola was set to start. Then, the announcement. Aaron Nola, Alec Bohm (minimum of 10 days quarantined), Bailey Falter and Connor Brogdon are on the COVID IL. Way to throw a wrench into our momentum. Now, Girardi needs to make a decision and some adjustments. Without Nola, he designates Brandon Kintzler to start instead in a bullpen game

    A Winning hand…Luck

    A Winning hand
    Phillies 11-2; Will Momentum suffer after Covid Protocals? Sticky stuff ban. Phillies offense runs.

    And while fans were concerned that momentum would drop upon this decision, Phillies maintained a winning record. Accumilating it’s runs in the third and fourth innings, they blasted five runs against, former Phillie, now Red Sox starter Nick Pivetta.Torreyes sent one flying into the seats in left for a three-run homer to make it a 5-1 ballgame.

    Pivetta finished the game with a the 5-4 loss after allowing five runs (four earned) on four hits and a pair of walks. And, yes it wasn’t a whopping 11 runs like the previous game. But, it’s good to know Phillies can adjust and get another win. There is still hope within the team no matter how small that hope is.


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