Phillies usher in dog days of summer

Ignore the calendar. Yes, I realize summer officially arrived last night with the summer solstice.

But the Phillies are jumping ahead to the dog days.

The Phils suffered their seventh straight defeat yesterday as their limp offense once again proved for the most part impotent against the Arizona Diamondbacks in a 3-1 loss.

The makes the Phils 0-for-the-homestand. And most of the games were not close.

Yesterday, fans (the trickle that showed up for the afternoon Businessperson's Special) had barely reached their seats when the Phils were staring up from another hole.

Starter Jeremy Hellickson started the game by giving up a double, single and homer for a 3-0 deficit in a heartbeat.

Ironically, Hellickson pitched well from that point, giving up six hits in total, but no more runs after that rocky start.

But with the Phils' offense, a 3-0 deficit would take this team a week to climb out of.

Now here's the bad news.

There is no relief in sight.

Sure, the Sixers will take over the Back Page as we await Thursday night's NBA Draft and whether they will select LSU's Ben Simmons or Duke's Brandon Ingram. But in terms of games and results, we're stuck with the Phillies.

For those wondering, the Eagles don't report for training camp until the last week in July.

Pass the sunscreen.