Silver linings. That’s about all that is left to look for at this point in the season, and Burnett throwing eight shutout innings against the Giants was one of them.
Unfortunately for Burnett and the Phillies’ sake, Jonathan Papelbon did the team and his trade value no favors on the evening, surrendering three runs in the ninth to give the Giants the lead. The Phillies would get one back in the bottom of the ninth, but would be unable to complete the comeback, as they fell 3-1.
Giants’ starter Madison Bumgarner matched Burnett’s impressive performance, however, tossing eight shutout innings of his own, while allowing just five hits and striking out six.
Papelbon would enter a scoreless game in the ninth and that’s where the shit hit the fan.
After hitting the leadoff batter with a pitch, Papelbon would retire the next two batters on strikes. Papelbon would then intentionally walk Brandon Crawford before allowing another free pass to load the bases.
Former Phillie Hunter Pence would make Papelbon pay, hitting a bases clearing double to break the scoreless tie and put the Giants ahead 3-0.
The Phillies would take one back in the bottom of the ninth on an RBI single by Marlon Byrd, but would be unable to get any closer, as they lost to the Giants 3-1.
By: Kyle Babcock
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