… how 'bout that Josh Lindblom?
Beerleaguer: Lindblom. More like Lind-BOOM. The newly acquired right-hander pitched a 1-2-3 seventh before serving up his third home run in eight innings (nine appearances) in what turned into the winning run in Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Reds. In eight innings with the Phils, he's allowed seven runs (7.88 ERA) and is also carting a 8/7 K/BB. In addition, all four of his inherited runs have scored.
Offensively, we saw more evidence to support why the Phils rate below league average in many of the important categories (SLG, OPS, R/G).
Pence, Vic updates: On a positive note, the Phils haven't really missed Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino. Pence has struggled since the deadline trade to the Giants. He's hitless in his last 11 at bats and is hitting .193/.239/.313 overall. Meanwhile, Victorino has also gone cold. He's 3-for-21 in his last five games and has been held without an extra-base hit since Aug. 17. He's hitting .244/.293/.349 since the trade.
Side-by-side, they've been outperformed by the modest combination of John Mayberry Jr. and Domonic Brown, who launched his first homer of the season Thursday and has shown terrific judgement at the plate.
So 22 days into the post-Pence era, the Phillies have suffered no real side effects and injected young talent while gaining some flexability to add more pieces this off-season.