The Phillies offense hasn’t been producing lately. In the first two games of this Giants series, they’ve registered nine hits off mediocre pitching. In the first game, Jonathan Sanchez was out of the game by the 5th inning. You would think with a pitcher leaving the game that early, that a team would’ve touched him up for a few runs. Sanchez only gave up 3 hits to the explosive Phillies lineup. That left the game in the hands of the Giants bullpen. The Phillies struggled and only managed one hit off the Giants bullpen in their four innings of work. In the second game, the Phillies made Todd Wellemeyer look like a Cy Young pitcher. The Phillies were not being patient. They were swinging at the first pitch too often. They managed five hits in the game and one of them was an RBI double by pinch hitter Ben Francisco.
This is not the Phillies offense that we have grown accustomed to. In the series finale, the Phillies will have to face the Giants ace Tim Lincecum. Lincecum is already looking phenomial this year. He is 4-0 with a 1.00. Too bad Roy Halladay can’t pitch today. Instead, the Phillies will send Cole Hamels to the hill to try and stop the bleeding. Hamels had a rough outing last time out, getting touched up for four home runs against the Diamondbacks. The Phillies pitching has been suspect so far, but the offense needs to help them out by getting runs. Scoring one run against a great pitching team like the Giants just isn’t going to get done. Again, it is only April and there is no need to panic. The Phillies do struggle in the first month of the season every year. That being said, it still would be nice if the Phillies bats made an appearance sometime soon.