Philadelphia Phillies: 10 worst losses of the 2019 season

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7. July 27: Braves 15, Phillies 7

Burn the Saturday Night Special jerseys and never speak of them again.

A night after getting embarrassed 9-2 by the Atlanta Braves in the series opener, the Phils hit a new low in this one.

And it was even worse than the score indicates, as the Phillies trailed 14-1 in the fifth inning. Zach Eflin got bombed for 10 of the runs, prompting his demotion to the bullpen for several weeks after the game.

Ranger Suarez wasn’t much better in relief, and perhaps the only surprising thing about this game is that Kapler didn’t turn to a position player to pitch in the late innings.

It was the Phillies’ fourth-straight loss to the Braves in July, as they watched Atlanta completely pull away from them in the standings. It wasn’t supposed to be this way.

The Phils would rebound with a win the following day to avoid being swept. In fact, they won the season series versus the Braves. But you wouldn’t know it by games like this.

In every meeting between the teams, Atlanta seemed to break out the bats and/or get the clutch hit they needed while the Phillies couldn’t.

The Braves look like they’ll be good for a long time. That’s a problem.