NBC Sports Philadelphia analyst and former MLB coach Ricky Bottalico certainly didn’t explain what he thought of the Phillies’ loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday.
After the Phillies’ 10-9 loss, in which a pop-up goof and an inside-park homerun made headlines for the loss, Bottalico didn’t hold back when discussing the performance he saw on the pitch during NBC’s post-game broadcast.
“They didn’t deserve to win this game,” he said. “They deserved to lose this game… You don’t feel sorry for the stupid games on the pitch.”
“I don’t know how you felt, but I felt embarrassed for a lot of these players. I thought this game was an embarrassment for baseball. I felt like the Bad News Bears kind of stuff today.
Top of the ninth with the game tied at 6 and goals loaded with two strikeouts, Baltimore’s Pedro Severino hit a routine indoor steal that resulted in two runs after Jean Segura called off the infield to make the putout before tripping over the mound and missing it.
“He’s completely on the wrong side of the field to call that ball,” Bottalico later said of Segura.
After the Phillies tied the game late in the inning, things turned south in the extras as center fielder Roman Quinn missed a dive on a line practice past Austin Hays, which resulted in a fire green inside the park. homer who became the winner of the match.
The Phillies missed a week of action after the season opener due to the Marlins’ coronavirus outbreak.