Game 70 - Sunday Afternoon, June 16th in Denver
Record - 33-37
One Sentence Summary: The Phillies played like they had a plane to catch, folding easily against the Rockies and losing the final game of the series, 5-2.
What It Means: It means the disastrous road trip is over with the Phillies losing seven of their last nine games. They limp home to start a three-game series against the Nationals tonight.
What Went Wrong: The Phillies showed a little bit of life in the ninth, scoring twice on three hits, but it wasn't enough to make up for the eight previous innings of lifelessness. In eight innings against Rockies pitcher Jhoulys Chacin, the Phils managed three singles. This amazing stat was reported by CSN's Reuben Frank:
Phillies faced 90 pitches today, the fewest pitches they've faced in a 9-inning game since they faced 90 on June 27, 1997 [G. Maddux].Cole Hamels was the hard-luck loser, dropping his record to 2-10. Hamels allowed three runs in his seven innings of work.
— Reuben Frank (@RoobCSN) June 16, 2013
Featured Card: Hamels now has the dubious distinction of becoming the first Phillies pitcher since Kyle Abbott in 1992 to lose ten games before the All-Star Game. Who would have guessed that Hamels would be mentioned in the same conversation as Abbott when this season started?