Losing their second straight game to the Orioles, the Phillies leave town today 8 games behind in the NL East and in last place. But today’s loss was special. It sucked more than most.
The Phillies had the bases loaded 3 times with Carlos Ruiz as the batter and scored only 1 run on a wild pitch. When your best player cannot get a hit 3 consecutive times with the bases loaded, you know it is going to be a very bad day.
But worse than that, Cliff Lee still does not have a win, even after 10 starts. Although today, it was actually his own doing. Lee blew a 3 run lead by giving up a 3-run homer in the 4th inning. As a result, Lee’s ERA finally floated above 3.00; he is currently at 3.18.
So not only did the offense and pitching suck, the defense was bad again too. After 9 errors this season, including a big one today, Ty Wigginton should not be playing 3rd base…ever. His huge error in the 10th cost the Phillies the game.
However, with Placido Polanco sidelined with a bad wrist, Wiggy keeps getting the nod. They could put Michael Martinez at 3rd, but then you are stuck with Mike Fontenot at 2nd and his defense has been worse than anyone expected. We are talking little league level here…bad.
The pickings are slim and so therefore are the Phillies chances at recovering from this disaster. It may be too early to give up just yet, but it is a tempting thought. Why not bring up some more Triple-A guys and see who rises to the challenge? I am sure Domonic Brown would agree.
Here is a small piece of good news: Michael Schwimer found his groove in 3 innings of scoreless relief today. Sorry though, that is all I have on the good news side.
Monday is an off-day as the battered Phils fly to Minnesota to take on the Twins for 3-games. Oh wait, that might be good news…the Twins suck about as bad as the Phillies do. See, it is the little things that make us happy. Or, not…