Alec Asher made his fifth start of the season for the Phillies Thursday night and he wound up with the fifth loss of his short major league career. Asher pitched seven innings, his longest with the Phillies, and allowed just three hits and walked one while striking out four. The result was just one earned run, which the Phillies couldn't overcome.
Asher threw 90 pitches, 58 of which were strikes. Up until Thursday night, Asher's longest outing had been 5 2/3 innings, which he reached in his major league debut with the Phillies on August 30th. In two other starts, he went five innings and lasted just 3 2/3 innings against Boston.
"Our pitching has been really good, with an exclamation point on Asher tonight. "Unfortunately, we couldn't mount any offense. Lately, it's a broken record. You have to get hits and score runs to win games," said manager Pete Mackanin.
The Phillies are 1-5 on their current road trip and have scored one or no runs in four of those games. The other game, the offense erupted for six runs in the series opener against the Marlins on Tuesday night.
"I think everybody is getting tired and the more you lose, the more beat up you feel," said Mackanin. "The energy is still there, but it's hard to generate extra energy when there's nobody on base."
The outing lowered Asher's ERA from 9.78 to 7.52 on the season. His ERA reached a season-high of 10.67 after a five-inning outing against the Chicago Cubs on September 11th.