This was not the way Travis Jankowski imagined the first match at Phyllis Belli’s home.
Jankowski, who grew up ill for Phyllis in Lancaster, fled the field to the sound of boos, after being selected from second base at the bottom of the ninth inning on Friday night. The game short-circuited a potential draw for a draw, and Phyllis ended in a 2-1 loss to the Washington national team just 15,030 at night when Citizens Bank Park opened to its full capacity.
“I had much higher hopes, “said Jankowski, a 29-year-old former San Diego Padre, about his debut at Phyllis̵
Jankowski played in Triple A for Phyllis and was called up when Roman Quinn suffered a torn Achilles tendon at the end of last season.
After doing a little against Washington starter Max Scherzer, Phyllis received a double from Rios Hoskins against relieving Daniel Hudson at the bottom of the ninth. Jankowski was called to run for Hoskins when JT Realmuto came to the plate.
Jankowski misread a ball in the dirt, got caught between second and third, and was chased by hunter Alex Avila for the first exit. Realmuto then struck and Brad Miller flew against Brad Hand to end the game.
“I’m probably just trying to do too much,” Jankowski said. “I saw a slider in the dirt. I was expecting a ricochet and he just jumped right into his glove. I couldn’t do much after that. I was kind of stuck in the middle there. There really are no excuses. Just bad reading. It’s up to me. “
Manager Joe Girardi understood Jankowski’s thinking.
“The thought process is not bad – you are trying to move up the balls in the dirt, “said Girardi. “But this is what I read. He has not read it far from (the hunter) and must be far from (the hunter) in order to progress. “
Jankowski’s base blunder was one of the few small things Phyllis did poorly to lose a strong start to Zack Wheeler and fall 26-30 this season.
For the mind:
Hoskins could have made a third base of his ninth double from the wall of the right field if he had run harder in the first 90 feet.
And the defense could have prevented the first start of the game in the fourth half, if the third baseman Alec Bohm had reached the ball faster and managed to reduce the leading runner by a second. Instead, Bohm had to throw through the diamond for an out and Trea Turner, who was second in the tennis player’s choice, managed to score from a second on a bluep double to the left of Josh Bell.
Bell’s double fell in front of the diver Andrew Makutchen, who seemed to hesitate as he closed the ball.
Wheeler is often the victim of poor running support, and he was in it again. He entered the game, averaging just 3.48 runs per game, 56you of the 66 qualifying starting leagues of the major leagues.
When you put only one run on the board, you better play a fresh ball in every other phase of the game.
These Phyllis often don’t.
“When you don’t put in a lot of runs, every little thing shows up in the box,” Girardi said. “Every little mistake you make will come up.”
Phyllis had not played for two days due to rain on Wednesday and a planned day off on Thursday night. They put 17 tracks on the board in Cincinnati on Tuesday night, but on Friday night they cooled down a lot.
Washington starter Max Scherzer had a lot to do with it. He kept Phyllis up to five goals and ran over 7 2/3 assists. He passed one and killed nine.
The three-time Cy Young winner is 6-1 out of nine starts in Citizens Bank Park and 12-4 out of 22 career starts overall against the Phillies.
Wheeler climbed very well for Phyllis. The right-hand man allowed only two runs over 7 1/3 passes. He spread five hits, one of which was a homer.
The loss was the first for Wheeler as Philly from 14 starts at Citizens Bank Park. He entered the game 7-0 with a 2.14 ERA in 13 starts as Philly at home.
Wheeler has a 2.51 ERA for 12 starts this season, but his record is only 4-3. He was injured by a lack of running support and poor protection.
“I don’t think about it when I’m there, “he said of the poor support. “Honestly. I mean, I hear it from you. I hear it from other people. But it’s not in my mind there at all. My goal is to go there and put zeros. Whether we mark 20 or 0. I think that this is the best way to go there and deal with it. “
After the national team took a 1-0 lead at the top of the fourth, Phyllis equalized the game at the bottom of the inning of Jean Segura’s single, the stolen base and a goal by JT Realmuto. Washington took the lead forever with a two-point host in the sixth.
Soto hit a 1-0 fast ball – “Right down the middle,” Wheeler said, – in the seats in the left field and appeared to stare at Wheeler as he started and finished his home with a running trot.
“I didn’t notice, ‘Wheeler said unconvincingly. I couldn’t care less.
At the bottom of the inning, Scherzer, a pitcher of impeccable control, struck Realmuto with the height of his left hand.
The game on Saturday afternoon can be interesting. Spencer Howard opposes the right hand of the Nationals, Joe Ross.