Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Make it 6 straight losses for the Phils

This likely was not the homecoming Jimmy Rollins had in mind.

Come to think of it, it probably didn’t do much for Jamie Moyer either.

The Phils, in desperate need of a win, opened a three-game set in Oakland last night, likely after many of you had already retired for the night.

You didn’t miss much.

The Phils did just enough things wrong to get beat 5-2, their sixth straight loss.

Moyer pitched well, but made one bad mistake, and could only watch as it was deposited in the seats by A’s Emil Brown.

This is getting serious. The Phils did not lose this many games in a row at any time last season. You have to go back to 2006 to find the last time the Phils were on the losing side of the ledger six straight games.

For the most part, Moyer baffled the A’s with his collection of off-speed stuff. Moyer struck out nine and retired 13 straight batters at one point.

Didn’t matter, because once again the Phils’ anemic offense for the most part continued to sputter.

Looking for a silver lining? The Phils remain in first place, a game up on the Marlins. In fact, every other team in the NL East lost last night.

Kyle Kendrick takes the hill tonight. The Phils better discover their bats soon. Or they likely will be discovering what it’s like to be looking up at the Marlins again.

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