Offense goes silent as Phillies fall to Twins

Jake Arrieta looks good, but Phillies fall to Twins
For the first time all season, the Phillies' offense fell silent on Saturday at Citizens Bank Park. The club was held to a season-low two runs in a 6-2 loss to the Minnesota Twins.

Trailing by a run in the eighth, the Phillies had a bases-loaded opportunity but failed to capitalize with Cesar Hernandez hitting into a groundout to end the threat.

Seranthony Dominguez surrendered a three-run blast in the top of the ninth to Eddie Rosario allowing the Twins to pull away. He's now allowed runs in two of his three appearances this season.

“I think I’m 100 percent,” Dominquez told reporters through an interpreter following Saturday's game. “I’m working hard, I’m doing a good job. Things like this happen in baseball sometimes, so if they give me the opportunity tomorrow, I’ll try my best again.”



Jake Arrieta pieced together a solid start for the Phils, going seven innings while surrendering three runs on five hits. He walked three and struck out one.

“Going into this game, I knew these guys were going to be aggressive in the strike zone and even out of the strike zone,” Arrieta said. “I had a lot of guys 0-2. I just threw some hittable pitches which went for some base hits. Just need to clean that up, need to be a little bit better outside the strike zone when I get ahead of those guys. Not really concerning. Moving forward, just need to clean up the tightness of my secondary stuff to put some of those guys away when I do have them in two-strike counts.”

Up Next
The Phillies and Twins conclude their three-game set on Sunday afternoon. Zach Eflin is set to face Jose Berrios.
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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