Game 45 - Monday Night, May 20th in Miami
Record - 21-24, 3rd Place, 5 1/2 games behind the Braves
One Sentence Summary: Once again the offense failed to provide any run support for Cole Hamels and once again the Phillies lost to the lowly Marlins, 5-1.
What It Means: Hamels' record dropped to 1-7 and the Phillies are 1-9 when he pitches. In his last eight starts, Hamels' ERA is 3.12 and the Phillies have supplied him with 15 runs. He declined to comment following last night's game, and I can't say I blame him.
What Went Wrong: The Phillies went 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position. Reliever Phillippe Aumont allowed two runs in the bottom of the eighth to put the game out of reach as Chad Qualls (yes, Chad Qualls) shut down the Phils in the ninth.
Featured Card: The Inquirer's Matt Gelb had the Tweet of the night, noting that the Phillies are scoring 3.49 runs per game, which is the lowest for the team since 1972. The '72 Phillies finished with a record of 59-97, 37 1/2 games behind the first place Pirates. It's hard to single out any one player to represent the futility of that club, so I opted to go with third baseman Don Money, who hit .222 that season before going on to bigger and better things with the Brewers.