Phillies hope offense can bounce back from poor showing on Tuesday

Vince Velasquez failed to get out of the fourth
Detroit isn't a very good team, but the Phillies offense mustered just four hits in a 3-1 loss to the Tigers at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday night. Two of the four hits came in the opening inning.

Bryce Harper had a rough night, dropping a ball in right field in the eighth inning while also going hitless in four at-bats with a pair of strikeouts. Fans in attendance voiced their displeasure with his performance.

“I’d do the same thing,” Harper told reporters afterward. “It’s not fun to lose, it’s not fun to watch when you’re playing that way. [I finished] 0-for-4 with two punchies, I’m probably thinking the same thing walking back to the dugout.”

Harper is hitting .240 with eight doubles, six home runs, 20 RBIs and an .878 OPS this season.



Vince Velasquez had a weird night, running a high pitch count thanks in part to seven strikeouts and a ton of foul balls. He surrendered three runs on six hits, all coming in the third inning. He lasted just 3 2/3 innings and suffered his first loss of the season.

The Phillies finish April at 16-13 and remain a game ahead of the New York Mets in the NL East standings.

The two-game set with the Tigers concludes tonight with Aaron Nola facing Daniel Norris. There's then an off-day tomorrow before the Nationals visit this weekend.

Injury Update
Manager Gabe Kapler believes Odubel Herrera could return to action this weekend while the Nats are in town. Herrera landed on the injured list in mid-April with a hamstring injury and was eligible to return this past Sunday. In 17 games this season he's hitting .319 with a homer and seven RBIs.

Promotion of Note
The Phillies promoted first-round selection Alec Bohm to Single-A Clearwater on Tuesday after hitting .367/.441/.595 through 22 games with Lakewood to open the season. The 22-year-old finished 2-for-4 in his Threshers debut last night.

Tonight's Lineup
McCutchen 8
Segura 6
Harper 9
Hoskins 3
Realmuto 2
Rodriguez 7
Hernandez 4
Franco 5
Nola 1
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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