-Ryan Howard went 2-3 with a solo homer to right-center field. Although he's batting below the Mendoza line this season, the Big Piece showed that he can still barrel one from time to time.
-Jimmy Paredes hit a two-run pinch-hit home run in the 9th inning to the same spot Howard hit his.
-The fight that the whole lineup showed in the 9th. Between Paredes' home run and Aaron Altherr's double in the gap to score Cesar Hernandez, I liked that the team fought to the end even though they were down by 5 runs in the last inning. Odubel Herrera also hit a ball in the gap that on most nights is another double, but Padres centerfielder Travis Jankowski made a great play to track the ball down in the gap and make the catch.
-Thompson, in his MLB debut, dug himself a hole by giving up 4 runs in the first inning, including a 3-run double to Christian Bethancourt. He gave up two more runs before being lifted with one out in the fifth inning. Hopefully, this rough outing won't dramatically affect Thompson going forward, as he's expected to fill the hole left by the injured Aaron Nola.
-The bullpen struggled as well. Luis Garcia gave up two runs on four hits in 1.2 innings after replacing Thompson. Garcia continues to have a tough time with locating pitches, and hitters have been making him pay for it. The Padres were also able to manufacture a run in the eighth against David Hernandez.
-The Phillies continue to do a poor job on the basepaths. I'm just estimating here, but I believe Cesar Hernandez has been picked off or caught stealing about 9,000 times this season. Tonight, with runners on first and second and one out in the seventh inning and a possible rally brewing, Hernandez got a late jump while trying to steal third on Bethancourt and was gunned down easily, and Herrera didn't take second base while the action was going down at third. I have no problem with trying to be aggressive on the basepaths when down in a game; just be smart about it. Because of the runners' boneheadedness, instead of having runners on second and third with one out, the Phillies were left with a runner on first and two outs. After Hernandez was gunned, Altherr struck out, the inning ended and any chance of a comeback was effectively ended.
-Padres starting pitcher Paul Clemens had a bizarre night. First, he somehow got pine tar all over his jersey, forcing him to switch to a generic jersey with "Player" as his last name for an inning:
All in all, this was a frustrating game. The Phillies showed flashes of run-scoring potential, but in the end made a lot of boneheaded plays that cost them the game. The rubber match of the series is tomorrow, with the Phillies' Jerad Eickhoff facing off against the Padres' Jarred Cosart.
Small side note: how bizarre is this? The Phillies don't have a single left handed pitcher on the staff. Let that sink in. A real-life major league baseball team has not one single lefty on their staff. It blows my mind that this same team had one of the best records in the league before their June swoon.