Philadelphia Phillies: 10 worst losses of the 2019 season

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10. June 23: Marlins 6, Phillies 4

A 6-4 loss where you trailed from the second inning on isn’t, on the surface, that bad of a loss.

Sounds pretty routine, right?

But when you look at this game in the grand scheme of things, this was horrible, as it was final game of a series sweep that the Phils suffered at home to the lowly Marlins, a team that came into town 19 games under. 500 with the All-Star break still weeks away.

The Phillies should have been angry after losing a pair of close games on the weekend already, their offense scoring just four runs in that span. They should have come out and pounded the Marlins on this Sunday afternoon to right the ship.

Instead, they fell behind 6-2 by the fifth inning and were meekly swept aside. It was pathetic.

I am hard-pressed to remember the Phillies suffering a worse sweep than this, and it highlighted the disturbing trend of the struggles that they had with the lowly Marlins this year.

While the rest of the NL East gobbled up wins against Miami, the Phillies played down to their level and couldn’t bank victories against a meager opponent. It made a big difference.

This wasn’t their worst loss against Miami, but it was symbolically deep.