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By Jeremy Harness
Dereck Rodriguez was making a spot start on Thursday, and his performance showed why he is not in the starting rotation like he was last season.
The Philadelphia Phillies ripped Rodriguez (4-6, 5.32 ERA) for seven runs – four earned – on eight hits, and the young right-hander lasted only three innings before being pulled. He also walked two and did not strike out a single batter.
Aided by a throwing error by shortstop Brandon Crawford, the Phillies put three runs on the board in the second inning, followed by two more in the third.
Philadelphia kept the heat on in the fourth with a pair of homers that spelled the end of Rodriguez’s day. Cesar Hernandez launched a solo homer before J.T. Realmuto launched one just over the reach of center fielder Kevin Pillar for a three-run shot that gave the Phillies a commanding 9-0 lead.
Phillies starter Jake Arrieta surrendered only a pair of runs – one of them earned – while walking one and striking out five, but he only went four innings and, therefore, did not qualify for the win. Lefty Jose Alvarez came in and gave up only a hit in the fifth and was credited with the win (2-2, 3.00 ERA) instead.
In that inning, the Giants did make a small run, as Brandon Belt and Mike Yastrzemski both had RBI singles to cut the lead to seven. However, the bats then fell quiet again and did not make a serious threat for the remainder of the game.
The Giants did put together 10 hits on Thursday, with four – Belt, Yastrzemski, Donovan Solano, and Stephen Vogt – getting two hits each.
The Giants will now head to Colorado for a three-game series with the Rockies, and it has been a place where the Giants have has more success lately and will need to take advantage of this if they are going to continue to compete for a wild card spot in the National League.