Philadelphia – Kyle Schwarber started a show After Joe Girardi On Friday with the start of the first pitch to the center field.
Continue from there in 10-0 win Above the angels at Citizens Bank Park. Bryson Stott had the first home run of his career, hitting three runs per second. Bryce Harper hit Homer from three runs in the fifth inning. Schwarber and Harper went to the yard again on the sixth. Zach Evelyn had a great show in eight rounds. Nick Maton and Odúbel Herrera fished a dive to steal Mike Trout in a two-stroke.
It was just one game under interim manager Rob Thompson, but a management change by Dave Dombrowski, head of baseball operations, may have sparked something. Perhaps it was the kick in the rear that the players needed.
“It better be that, because everyone at the club knows it now [stuff] Velez’s right-hander Nick Castellanos said before the match. “It’s a sad day when someone loses their job because we don’t perform. I take that hard.
“It definitely shakes things up. We’ll see how that happens.”
The players said pretty much the same after Girardi’s sacking: Someone always has a fall when the team is underperforming, but the onus is on the players.
“Players are playing,” said Rhys Hoskins. “The coaches don’t play. The players play. …At the end of the day, it’s about winning baseball games and we haven’t done enough of that.”
“The way I look at it is that it’s always up to the players, because we’re the ones who have to play,” said Castellanos. “If the players were playing better, we would have had more wins and Joe would still have a job.”
Gerardi lost his job Because Phillies are between 22 and 29 years old with a franchise salary history. On Friday, they entered 12 games behind the Mets in the Eastern National League, and 5 games 1/2 behind the Giants for their third NL Wild Card.
Dombrowski said he believes the new sound could help save the season. He said that Thompson provides “a different kind of aspect of contact with the players than what was going on. I think that was really important to us.”
It was an interesting comment. There doesn’t seem to be much of a problem at the club with Gerardi, like previous Velez managers, with players often being aware of one thing or the other. Gerardi certainly wasn’t Charlie Manuel, who was always laughing and joking with his players. But there’s no doubt that Girardi’s decision not to bid for Corey Nebel on May 24 in Atlanta was not a good one. Nebel, Schwarber, and Kyle Gibson met Girardi the next day.
“It’s all about winning, and we haven’t done that,” Harper said. “As a team, there’s blame on us too. There’s no blame on Joe. We didn’t play to our best. We didn’t do things to be the team we should be.
“I spoke to Joe this morning after this happened and told him thank you. He put so much effort and time into this game and organization trying to make it great and get us to where we want to be. I just wanted to tell him I was so grateful for the time he spends away from his family And his daughter and her football career. I blame the players at this club, including myself.”
Does he think Thompson can help?
“He’s been in the game for a long time,” Harper said. “He’s been about winning teams and winning managers too, like Joe Girardi, right? He’s been in this organization for five years now. He knows the ins and outs. He brings that new voice, maybe more open now that he’s the manager and not the bench coach. I think we’ll see more of it.”
Thompson joked that every night wouldn’t be as easy as Friday. Managers don’t make a lot of hard decisions in 10-round wins.
There will be tough times, but he enjoyed his debut.
“In the lead up to the game, I had more anxiety at the start, dealing with all things, all the meetings,” Thompson said. “Once we got to the match, I felt fine. It was normal.”
The players congratulated Thompson at the club afterwards. This was his first win as a major league coach.
“It was a great way to go out there and reply today and get [Thomson] “The first official management win,” Schwarber said. We said a few things to him. Congratulate him for things like that. Go there and do it again tomorrow, right? He’s a baseball rat. He’s been in the game for a long time. To see him get that chance, if not Joe, I think everyone is really happy. Because it will be him.”
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