Off a Cliff: Padres 5, Phillies 4

Brad Lidge, the Harbinger of Death. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

The Phillies season ended today as starting pitcher Cliff Lee was battered around to the tune of 10 hits and five earned runs in just four innings pitched, as the Padres throttled the Phillies by a final score of 5-4. The Phillies were once again pathetically unable to complete a series sweep.

The series and the season came to a shocking close in the form of a four-run top of the second inning for the Padres. Domonic Brown, failed prospect, misplayed a ball to the outfield in an attempted sliding catch, which led to doom and armageddon.

Philadelphia recorded its 37th loss of the year, a season worst total.  They've only managed to win seven of their last ten games.

The much-maligned bullpen of the "Fightins" failed to show much "fight" at all, with Drew Carpenter allowing a baserunner in the form of a double to Orlando Hudson in the fifth inning.

The Phillies' offense sputtered once again, scraping together a pathetic four runs against Aaron Harang.

Now that they have been blasted out of postseason contention, General Manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. can focus on the franchise's future, and selling off pieces of the team.

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