The Phillies lost in embarrassing fashion on Friday night to the San Francisco Giants, 15-2. Cole Hamels allowed nine runs in 3 1/3 innings, the worst start of his career, while the Phillies weren’t able to capitalize on any of the opportunities they had against Madison Bumgarner. After getting shut out in back-to-back games by Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke, it was hard to suffer a more demoralizing loss, but that’s exactly what happened at AT&T Park.
Lost in the hubbub of Hamels’ awful start, the Giants eruption of offense, and Justin De Fratus throwing 54 pitches over multiple innings again was a play that occurred in the bottom of the first inning. Hamels allowed three consecutive singles to load the bases with nobody out. Facing the ever-dangerous Buster Posey, Hamels was able to get the former Rookie of the Year and MVP Award winner to hit a ground ball to third baseman Maikel Franco. Franco had the choice of throwing home in the hopes of starting a 5-2-3 double play, but he opted to throw to second baseman Cesar Hernandez to turn a 5-4-3 double play.