Game 87 - Sunday Afternoon, July 8th in Philadelphia
Record - 37-50, 5th Place, 14 games behind the Nationals
One Sentence Summary: The Phillies were swept by the Braves to end the first half of their dreadful 2012 season.
What It Means: The team will limp into the All-Star break with their worst first half record since they went 24-61 in 1997. They'll try to regroup and get things going in the right direction on Friday in Denver.
What Went Wrong: Jason Pridie was a late insertion into the line-up after Shane Victorino was mysteriously benched just prior to the game. (Victorino wasn't traded. Manager Charlie Manuel apparently just thought the slumping Victorino needed a break.) Pridie's two-run home run in the second and his RBI-double in the fourth were the extent of the Phillies scoring. Carlos Ruiz added two more hits to raise his average to .350.
Vance Worley had a decent performance, allowing three runs on seven hits while striking out five. Reliever Raul Valdes was victimized by Brian McCann, surrendering McCann's go-ahead solo home run in the seventh.
Featured Card: During the next few months, I envision the 2012 Phillies team collectively trying to out-run the horrendous start to its night-marish season, much like Gregg Jefferies is trying desperately to escape the smoking dungeon of horrors lurking behind him on this baseball card.