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Phillies monthly review: June 2019
by Scott Butler 7/7/19

Phillies Dugout

Phillies June Storyline

Writing a monthly review article a full week into the next month isn't exactly how it's supposed to work, but there is reason for that: I really just didn't want to think about the month of June for the 2019 Philadelphia Phillies.

The Phillies began the month with a 3 game lead over the Braves and a nine game lead over the Nationals. They left in second place, down by 5 1/2 games to the Braves and a 1 1/2 game lead over the Nationals.

The Phillies couldn't hit and the Phillies couldn't pitch. It's as simple as that.

An 11-16 record doesn't seem completely terrible, but understand this: that included 6 games against the Miami Marlins. The Phils won just one of those games.

And if it weren't for a 4-game sweep over the dysfunctional Mets - a series in which the Phillies trailed after the 5th inning in all of them - things could have been even worse.

Phillies June Win/Loss Totals

Record: 11-16
Home record: 7-6
Road record: 4-10
Top winning streak: 4
Top losing streak: 7
Series record: 2-6
Began month: 33-24, first place, 3 games ahead of 2nd place Braves
Finished month: 44-40, 2nd place, 5.5 games behind 1st place Braves & 1.5 games ahead of 3rd place Nationals.

Phillies June Totals and NL Rankings

Phillies Team Hitting July Totals 
Average: .241 (12th) 
Runs: 128 (t-10th) 
HR: 40 (11th) 
BB: 89  (6th most) 
SO: 217 (t-4th least) 
OBP: .313 (12th) 
SLG: .435 (9th) 
OPS .748 (9th)

Phillies Team Pitching June Totals
ERA: 5.63 (last) 
ER: 147
IP: 235.0

Phillies Starting Pitching June Totals
ERA: 5.08 (12th) 
ER: 85
IP: 150.2

Phillies Relief Pitching June Totals
ERA: 6.62 (14th) 
ER: 62
IP: 84.1

Phillies June Event Recap

@Los Angeles Dodgers May 31-June 2  
(Phillies swetp 0-3)
Game 1:
Arrieta allows 5 runs and 3 homers in 5 innings. McCutchen homered but that's about it in 6-3 loss.
Game 2: Phils used Jose Alvarez as opener in bullpen game. Down 3-1 in the 7th, Harper tied game with 2-run homer, but Neris allowed walk-off homer in 4-3 loss.
Game 3: Pivetta with 6 fantastic shutout innings and 82 pitches, but he had to be pulled for offense in the 7th. Phils score nothing and bullpen allows 7 8th inning runs for first time swept this season after 8-0 loss.

@San Diego Padres June 3-5  
(Phillies win series 2-1)
Game 1:
Phils score just twice, Nola allows 6 runs in 8-2 loss, and McCutchen suffers ACL injury and out for rest of season
Game 2: Jay Bruce hits two homers, including a grand slam, knocks in 6 in debut, Eickhoff with 6 innings of 3 run ball in 9-6 win.
Game 3: Down 5-2 after 5 innings with 4.2 innings from Arrieta, Phils score 3 runs in 7th and take lead with Haseley's first hit and game winning RBI in 8th in 7-5 win.

CINCINNATI REDS June 7-9  
(Phillies win series 2-1)
Game 1:
Eflin allows 2 runs in 6.1 innings, Jay Bruce hits tw-run homer, and bullpen blanks Reds in 4-2 win.
Game 2: Nick Pivetta pitches complete game, Bruce knocks in 2 runs, and Realmuto homers in 4-1 win.
Game 3: Nola left with a 3-1 lead and 2 outs in the 6th, but Alvarez and Velasquez allowed 3 runs in 4-3 loss.

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS June 10-12  
(Phillies lose series 1-2)
Game 1:
Dbacks hit back-to-back-to-back homers to start game, Eickhoff allows 5 homers and 7 runs in 3 innings, Kingery hits two homers, and teams combine for MLB record 13 homers in 13-8 loss.
Game 2: Kingery's 2nd inning homer 3-run homer gives Phils 4-0 lead. After D-backs cut lead to 4-3 off Arrieta, Phils score 3 more runs to take 7-4 lead and hold on for the win.
Game 3: Eflin pitches brilliantly and allows 2 runs off a couple bloop hits in the fifth and that's all he allowed in 8 innings with 82 pitches, but Phils with only 3 hits in 2-0 loss.

@Atlanta Braves June 14-16  
(Phillies lose series 1-2)
Game 1:
Pivetta with just 2 solo homers allowed in first six innings while homers from Kingery, Harper, and Hoskins gave Phils 7-2 lead in 7th, but Pivetta allowed 2 runs in seventh, Alvarez allowed 2 in 8th, and Neris allowed 3 in 9th for crushing 9-8 loss.
Game 2: Kingery's 2-run double in 3rd and Hernandez solo homer gave Phils 4-2 lead through 4, but Nola allowed 3-run homer in fifth and exited after 4.1 down 5-4, but Hernandez hits 2-run single in 9th to give Phils lead and Neris holds on for 6-5 win.
Game 3: Vince Velasquez was opener and allows 4 runs in 2.1 innings and Cole Irvin allows 6 runs, and Eickhoff allows 5 in 15-1 loss.

@Washington Nationals June 17-20  
(Phillies swept 0-3)
Game 1:
After 2 straight postponed games, Eflin allows 3 runs in 6 innings, but Kingery's solo homer in first one of 2 runs Phils scored in 6-2 loss.
Game 2: Jake Arrieta allows just one run on a solo homer and 2 hits, but Scherzer blanked Phils for 7 innings and so did bullpen in 2-0 loss and sweep by Nats of doubleheader.
Game 3: After falling behind 3-0, Segura homer ties game at 3 in fifth, but Pivetta and bullpen allow 4 runs in 6th in 7-4 loss and sweep by Nats.
Note: 1st two nights rained out, one played as double-header this series

MIAMI MARLINS June 21-23
(Phillies swept 0-3)
Game 1:
On Chase Utley retirement night, Nola allows 2 runs in 8 innings, but Phils score just once in 2-1 loss.
Game 2: Velasquez just allowed one baserunner, a solo homer, in 5 innings as the opener, Harper and Hoskins hit back-to-back homers, and Phils had 3-1 lead after 6. But 3 runs off Morgan and 1 run off Hammer gave Marlins 5-3 win. Hernandez failed to hustle and Kapler got ejected for first time.
Game 3: De Los Santos allows 4 runs in 4 innings, Garcia allows 2 more, and Phils score 4 times in 6-4 loss and sweep by Marlins.

NEW YORK METS June 24-27  
(Phillies sweep series 4-0)
Game 1:
Eflin struggled and allowed 6 runs in 5 innings, but homers from Segura, Hoskins, Franco, and Bruce pace Phils to 13 runs in 13-7 win to end 7-game losing streak.
Game 2: Arrieta allows 5 runs in 6 innings, but down 5-2 in 6th Phils score 5 times in 6th capped by homers by Franco and Miller, and Phils hold on for 7-5 win.
Game 3: Down 4-0 in sixth after rough outing from Pivetta, Phils score once in 5th on Segura homer and 3 times in 7th to tie game at four. Bruce hits walk-off double in 10th for first walk-off win of season in 5-4 win.
Game 4: Nola and Wheeler match zeros and Nola did not allow first hit until 6th and pitched 7 scoreless. Harper's solo homer in 6th gave Phils 1-0 lead, but Neris allowed 3 runs in the 9th to give Mets 3-1 lead. In bottom of ninth, Franco hit 2-run homer to tie and Segura hit walk-off 3-run homer in 6-3 win.

@Miami Marlins June 28-30  
(Phillies lose series 1-2)
Game 1:
Velasquez allowed 4 runs in 4.1 innings and accounted for the only offense with his frist career home run in 6-2 loss.
Game 2: Phils score twice in first, twice in 4th on Kingery double, and twice with Hoskins three run homer. Eflin left with 6-2 lead in sixth, but Nicasio and Morgan each allow 3 runs in 7th in 9-6 loss.
Game 3: Harper homers and knocks in 4, Miller and Arrieta each have 2 RBI, and Arrieta allows 4 runs in six innings in 13-6 win.

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