Game 59 - Thursday Afternoon, June 7th in Philadelphia
Record - 28-31, 5th Place, 6 games behind the Nationals
One Sentence Summary: The Phillies fell yet again to the Dodgers, getting swept at home in the four game series.
What It Means: The Phillies continued to earn their last place berth, dropping their sixth in a row in spectacularly awful fashion.
What Went Wrong: The number of things to go wrong in this game and so far this season merits a bulleted list -
- The Phillies now have a record of 12-19 at home, which is the worst home record in the National League.
- Including last season's N.L.D.S., they are 13-27 at home in their last 40 games.
- Cole Hamels has a 5.23 ERA in his last three starts, coinciding with Roy Halladay landing on the disabled list.
- Chad Qualls has an ERA of 8.68 in his last ten appearances.
- The Phillies made three errors yesterday afternoon, including two by third baseman Ty Wigginton on successive plays.
- Asked during the post-game post-mortem if the Phillies had lost their edge, manager Charlie Manuel responded, "I thought we lost that edge quite a while ago, if you want to know the truth. We don't scare nobody."
Featured Card: If this seems like uncharted territory for the Phillies, that's because for the last 10 years, it has been. The last time the Phillies had a losing record this far into the season was back in 2002 when the team had a record of 25-34 through 59 games. They were 9 1/2 games out of first place back then and Scott Rolen was a little less than two months away from his trade to St. Louis. Mike Lieberthal, who was named the newest member of the Phillies Wall of Fame yesterday, was in the middle of his ninth season with the team.
Jimmy Rollins. So what does that correlation mean?
Damned if I know. I just want the Phillies to start winning again.
Field Report: In much, much happier news, my favorite niece Molly attended her first Phillies game yesterday. Sorry the Phillies couldn't show you a better game Molly! Don't worry, you'll get to plenty more games.