Friday, September 30, 2022

Game 155 - Collapse Seems Imminent

2022 Topps Phillies #PHI-10
Cubs 2
, Phillies 0
Game 155 - Thursday Afternoon, September 29th in Chicago
Record - 83-72, 3rd Place, 14 1/2 games behind the Mets

One Sentence Summary:  A lifeless Phillies team was easily defeated by Cubs starting pitcher Javier Assad and two relievers in this 2-0 loss on a gloomy Thursday afternoon.

What It Means:  The Phillies have lost five in a row.  If not for the Marlins pulling out a late inning rally against the Brewers, courtesy of an Avisail Garcia grand slam, the Brewers and Phillies would be tied.  At the end of the night, the Brewers were just a half game behind the Phillies and the Phillies' magic number dropped to 6.

What Happened:  From the Phillies' perspective, absolutely nothing.  Ranger Suarez allowed a pair of runs in his six inning outing, striking out five.  The Phillies offense had six singles, leaving nine runners stranded.  This game put me, and many Phillies fans like me, in a foul mood.

Featured Card:  But as bad as this game was, the situation is much worse in Florida as Hurricane Ian made landfall and caused devastation throughout the state.  It's hard to get too upset over a baseball game when so many people had their lives upended over the course of a few days.

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