Philadelphia Phillies drop final game of three-game series at Oakland Athletics, 4-1 in 2022 MLB season

The Philadelphia Phillies ended their first series of the 2022 MLB season on Sunday with a loss to the Oakland Athletics.

Zach Eflin took to the mound for his first start of 2022. He needed 20 pitches to pass the first inning, thanks to an abundance of foul balls and a few suspicious calls from plate umpire Ben May. Still on a short leash, Eflin only pitched the fourth inning.

Overall, Eflin was solid. He allowed two hits, no runs, walked two and struck out three on 68 pitches. He even made an impressive double play to escape a loaded base, not jamming in the third inning to make it a scoreless game.

Despite some decent defensive plays from the Phillies, including that grab into foul territory by Johan Camargo, A starter Daulton Jeffries shut down the offense. In five innings, Jeffries only needed 49 pitches. The 26-year-old allowed two hits, walked two and struck out two. The A’s made some great defensive takes that also deprived a few Phillies of hits.

Bailey Falter came on as a relief from Eflin and pitched a scoreless fifth inning. In the sixth, however, the Athletics took their first lead of the series on a Seth Brown RBI single that tagged Elvis Andrus from second.

The next inning, Falter allowed another run on a solo shot by Billy McKinney to right center field. Falter was then lifted for Connor Brogdon, who landed an out for the second out, an encouraging sign for him after having a shaky spring that saw his speed drop.

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Although he allowed a single cross to put the runners in the corners, Brogdon escaped the dicey situation to keep him in a two-run game.

Next to come out of the bullpen for Philadelphia was Damon Jones, who had a great spring and thus made his first lineup for Opening Day. Jones had two strikeouts and a walk in a scoreless eighth. He was back for the ninth, where he struggled, hitting Austin Allen with a pitch, allowing a double to Christian Pache and a two-run single to Kemp to make it 4-0.

The Athletic relievers – Sam Moll, Domingo Acevedo, Kirby Snead and Lou Trivino – continued what Jeffries started by keeping the Phillies offense quiet for four combined innings. Trivino allowed the Phillies’ lone run in the ninth inning on a solo shot by Jean Segura to prevent the shutout.

Unlike what we’ve seen in previous games, the Phillies offense didn’t show much patience at the plate on Sunday. There were plenty of first-pitch swings, which kept the A’s combined pitch count for the day at just 103.

The Phillies are now 2-1 in 2022. The undefeated New York Mets come to town on Monday for a three-game series, as Ranger Suárez is set to make his 2022 debut against Taijuan Walker for New York. The first pitch is at 6:45 a.m. at Citizens Bank Park.

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