Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Phils slump continues with 4th straight loss

Just over a week ago things were looking great for the Phillies. They beat Pittsburgh 12-2 last Monday, following a three-game sweep over the Brewers.

After dropping the next two, wasting great performances from their starting pitching, they salvaged a game against the Cubs on Thursday. Entering a big series against the Boston Red Sox, the Phillies were 2-2 on the homestand. Cole Hamels was outstanding in Game one against Boston in a 5-1 victory and things were looking up again as the Phils took the first game on Interleague Play; something they struggled with the last few seasons.

Since then, they just aren't hitting. They lost the next two against Boston, scoring just three runs in those games. Now, the Phillies have dropped the first two games to the Mets without scoring a run.

Of course, they are going to hit again. We've seen this before and there is clearly no need to panic. This doesn't mean Phillies fans across the Delaware Valley aren't consuming a few extra alcoholic beverages while watching their boys of summer fail to push runs across the plate.

They have faced some strange pitchers during this four-game losing streak. After Dice-K Matsuzaka flirted with a no-hitter, the Phillies faced two straight knuckleballers in Tim Wakefield and R.A Dickey. Tonight's starter, Hisanori Takahashi, is another funky thrower. The Phils managed some base runners the last two games, but failed to bring anyone home.

The Phillies hope to salvage a game in this series and that Hamels builds off of his strong outing against Boston when he takes on Mike Pelfrey, who the Phillies lit up in Philadelphia a few weeks ago.

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