While they are not “officially” out of it yet, the Phillies have dropped to 5 games out of the Wild Card race after 2 straight losses to the Braves. With 4 teams in front of them and only 9 games to go, the Phillies playoff hopes are all but dead.
On the mound today, Cliff Lee put forward a valiant effort, working in and out of trouble throughout the game. Despite his many challenges, he kept the Phillies in striking distance. Lee struck out 11 and allowed only 1 earned run over 8 innings. But the offense did little to help him.
Tim Hudson is a great pitcher, but the Phillies made him look totally unhittable. John Mayberry Jr. and Kevin Frandsen accounted for the only hits in the game for the Phils; yes, 2 hits…total. The only run they scored involved a walk to Jimmy Rollins, a Braves error, a sac bunt and a sac fly.
The sun was quite an issue today as well as clouds rolled in and out over the ballpark. Some plays in the field were solid, and others looked a bit complicated as the shadows wreaked havoc.
And then there was a little controversy over whether or not Frandsen was out of the box when he bunted. He was called out and manager Charlie Manuel apparently thought holding the umpires hand might help his cause:
Or maybe not…
So the Phillies went on to lose the game by a score of 2-1, all but eliminating their playoff hopes.
Here is the full Photo Album from the game.
And the only good news of the day…I won a signed Cole Hamels bat in the Sunday Season Ticket holder Fan Appreciation Day event! Whoo hoo!
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Photos by Jenn Zambri Photography