Philadelphia Phillies: 10 worst losses of the 2019 season

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(Dis)Honorable Mentions: Not Quite Bad Enough

So many games, so little time.

On May 4, the Phillies took an 8-5 lead into the eighth inning at home against the Washington Nationals. But Pat Neshek struggled, and then Adam Morgan allowed home runs to the first two hitters he faced to give Washington the lead.

The Phillies eventually lost 10-8.

June 29 was even worse, with the Phillies cruising to a 6-1 lead over the Miami Marlins through five innings. But Miami got two runs back in the sixth inning and then scored six runs off of the terrible tag team of Juan Nicasio and Morgan (again) in the seventh, sending the Phillies to a 9-6 loss.

July 15 was a different story entirely, as the Phillies were absolutely pummeled 16-2 by the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers. Gabe Kapler let Roman Quinn pitch the final 1.1 innings on a truly embarrassing night.

On Aug. 8, the Phillies lost 5-0 to the San Francisco Giants, managing only one hit in the process. At least, that’s what the box score tells me what happened, as nobody saw a single second of it because it was a Thursday night YouTube game that started at 9:45 ET and came on the same night of the Philadelphia Eagles preseason opener.

Obviously, we didn’t miss much.

On Aug. 30, the Phillies found themselves in a 1-1 deadlock with the New York Mets through seven innings. At that point, the Phillies forgot how to pitch, and their bullpen allowed five runs in both the eighth and ninth innings en route to an 11-5 loss while Mets fans laughed it up at Citizens Bank Park.

Exactly one week later, on Sept. 6, the Phillies found themselves visiting the Mets at Citi Field. Down 4-2 in the ninth inning, the Phils rallied to tie the game on a home run by J.T. Realmuto.

In the bottom half, Mike Morin retired the first two Mets hitters, and it appeared that extra innings were imminent. But he allowed two straight singles, and Kapler lifted him in favor of Nick Vincent. Vincent proceeded to hit the first batter he faced on an 0-2 pitch and then walk the next man to force in the winning run.

Those defeats were all painful. But they are like the buzzing of flies compared to the disasters on this top ten list. Behold!