-The 1-3 batters in the lineup, who ended the night at 11-14 at the plate. Here are their individual stat lines:
-Cesar Hernandez went 4-5 with 3 runs in the leadoff spot, continuing his recent hot streak.
-Aaron Altherr went 3-5 with 5 RBIs and 3 runs, including a first-inning two-run homer.
-Maikel Franco went 4-4 with a walk, 4 RBIs, and 3 runs including a three-run homer in the second inning.
-Zach Eflin, through 4.2 innings. Elfin had only allowed one run, off a solo shot from Brandon Crawford in the 4th inning.
-Cameron Rupp was hitless in his first four at-bats before launching a huge three-run homer to provide some insurance for the home team. I was watching the game with my dad, and when Rupp stepped up to the plate in the 8th, and my dad said he thought Mackanin should pinch-hit Ryan Howard instead of Rupp and let Chooch catch the rest of the game. Before I could get the words "He's due for a hit here" out of my mouth, Rupp hit a laser into the right field seats.
-Zac Eflin trying to get the final out of the 5th inning. After allowing only one run to score in the previous 4.2 innings, Eflin allowed five more runs to score, including a three-run moon shot to Brandon Belt, before being able to end the inning. Eflin has shown flashes of brilliance, including his complete game shutout victory on July 22 in Pittsburgh, but he needs to show more consistency to establish himself as a true big-league starter.
-Lu Garcia. Garcia was recently called up to the majors and made his third appearance this year. The Phillies had just regained the lead from an Altherr RBI single and Garcia immediately coughed up the lead. It's a small sample size, but he has a 9.00 ERA in 4 innings this year. Beyond Jeanmar Gomez and Hector Neris, the bullpen needs some major patchwork.
-The 5-8 spots in the Phillies' lineup. They were 2-17 on the night with only one RBI, coming from Tommy Joseph. Jimmy Paredes and Tyler Goeddel both had 0-fer nights, and if this team hopes to show any sort of consistent winning habits, the back half of the lineup needs to pick up the production.
-The fan who got ejected by home plate umpire Bob Davidson. This is a tough look on both parts; the fan was reportedly yelling "you suck" repeatedly at Davidson, and Davidson stopped the game mid-at-bat and ejected the fan. Davidson seems a little thin-skinned here, but at the same time, there are kids and families around who just want to watch the game and not listen to some drunk jackass yell at the umpire the whole time.
-Will Smith's Giants debut. Smith was traded from the Brewers to bolster the Giants' bullpen, and the Phillies spoiled his debut by chasing him from the game after just recording one out in the eighth inning. Smith left the game with runners on second and third, and Sergio Romo allowed Altherr to single to put Smith in line for the loss. Sorry Will!