After just coming off of a series sweep against the New York Mets, the Philadelphia Phillies finally looked to be in a groove. But now after that 2-game series loss to the Cleveland Indians, things look to be going back down hill.
On Tuesday, the Phillies faced off against the Cleveland Indians in game 1 of their 2 game series. The Phillies ended up losing that one, 14-2. Just when we thought Roy Halladay was starting to pitch well, Doc went 3 and 2 thirds’ innings, giving up 9 hits, 8 runs, 2 walks, 3 home runs. The Indians finished with 17 hits, while the Phils only finished with 5. Then the very next day on Wednesday, the Phillies went up against the Indians in game 2, their last game of the series, and lost that game 6-0. Another disappointing loss. The Phillies finished with only 3 hits and Cliff Lee went 6 innings, giving up 9 hits, 2 walks, and 5 runs.
This was an embarrassing series loss, dropping the Phillies to 12-16. Practically no one in the Phils lineup could get a hit and several players are in hitting slumps. Speaking of hitting slumps, how about Ben Revere? Revere is only batting a disappointing .204.
Lee said, “They pretty much pounded us both games, there’s no way around it. They crushed us both games. It was never really close, either one of them. We gotta have a little more pride than that and figure out a way to at least get back into games and make it somewhat competitive.”
Lee is right. The Phillies gotta get back to playing that true Phillies baseball again, especially in this competitive division.
Charlie Manuel said, “We had chances. We had men in scoring position. We just couldn’t knock them in.”
That’s the Phillies story almost every night. The Phillies have several opportunities to get runners home, but can never get the job done. That’s one of their biggest problems and concerns.
The Phillies kick off a series against the Miami Marlins tonight. Hopefully they can put together some wins and get their swagger back.