Marlins 5, Phillies 2
Game 81 - Sunday Afternoon, July 1st in Miami
Record - 36-45, 5th Place, 11 games behind the Nationals
One Sentence Summary: The bats went quiet in Miami as the Marlins won the game, 5-2, sweeping the three-game series.
What It Means: At the mathematical mid-point of the season, the 2012 Phillies haven't had a record this bad since they were 23-58 in 1997. Also, it's the first time they've been nine games under .500 since back on July 25, 2006. With both Jim Thome (Orioles) and Chad Qualls (dealt to the Yankees yesterday) wearing different uniforms now, it's starting to look more and more as if more trades could be on the way. Free agents-to-be Cole Hamels and Shane Victorino may be playing elsewhere this time next month. This is getting depressing.
What Went Wrong: Joe Blanton gave up his league leading 19th home run in the third and the Marlins two-run lead at that point may have well have been a 20-run lead. The Phillies managed seven hits off Marlins pitching on the way to getting swept out of town.
Credit is due to Juan Pierre who seemed to be the only player showing signs of life. He had a nice outfield assist, a great slide at home to score the Phillies first run, and he laid down a perfect bunt single.
Featured Card: It's bad, but at least it's not as bad as 1997. Here's the Philadelphia Inquirer article following the team's 10-6 loss to the Orioles back on July 2, 1997. Garrett Stephenson started that game, but had to leave after five innings after giving up four hits and six walks. For the '97 squad, it would be another four years before the Phillies were at least competitive again. Hopefully we don't have to wait that long this time around.