The good news is, the Phillies season is officially half over.
The bad news is, the Phillies season is only officially half over.
Baseball is supposed to be fun, and most of the time it is. But after the Phillies' 8-7, 11-inning loss to the Milwaukee Brewers at Citizens Bank Park, the Phils record stood at 27-54 after 81 games. They were just swept in a four-game series, at home, by a team that came into this series with a 29-48 record.
And if the Phils play the second half exactly like the first half, they will finish with 108 losses, the most since they lost 108 in 1945. And it's their worst start after 81 games since they went 23-58 in 1997.
It hasn't been fun.
But the Phillies tried hard in this one, they really did. They battled back from deficits of 4-0 and 7-4, scoring three runs in the bottom of the 7th to tie it at 7. Unfortunately, the bats went cold after that, and Luis Garcia gave up an RBI single to first baseman Adam Lind in the 11th for the deciding run, which certainly made this guy happy.
But hey gang, here's the good news.
If this score holds the Phillies will have used this series to opened up a 6 game lead for the #1 overall pick— Matt Winkelman (@Matt_Winkelman) July 3, 2015
Yeah, baby. Let's do this.
Seriously, it's a rebuilding year, probably the first of many. That they are this bad should not be surprising. Sure, it's tough to watch. When you invest three hours of your life nearly every night on this, you at least want to see a win here or there, or some promising young players learn how to play. But right now it's Maikel Franco (who went 0-for-6), Cole Hamels, Jonathan Papelbon, and Ken Giles as the only players to watch.
It just kinda sucks most nights.
Which is why it is both a relief that the season is now half over, and a bit of a bummer, knowing there is still a long summer of losing in front of us. The only thing to look forward to is the potential call-up of Aaron Nola and the possible trades of several veteran players in exchange for prospects.
As for the game itself, it got ugly in a hurry, as Chad Billingsley did not have it in his first start back from the disabled list. He somehow lasted five innings but gave up seven runs (six earned) on 10 hits with three walks and one strikeout. He wasn't fooling anybody, putting the Phils in a 3-0 first inning hole.
And just as the Phillies had gotten it to within 5-4 after a two-run spurt in the fourth, Billingsley gave those two runs right back in the fifth, extending Milwaukee's lead to 7-4. The Brewers banged out 16 hits on the night, but the numbers for the series were ghastly.
In this four-game series:
- The Brewers outscored the Phillies 28-19.
- The Brewers recorded double-digit hits in each game and out hit the Phils outhit the Phillies 59-43.
- Phillies starters gave up 22 earned runs in 22 innings, good for a nice clean ERA of 9.00, and that includes a seven inning, two-run effort from Hamels.
This all happened against the second-worst team in baseball, at home.
So, the Phillies begin the second-half of their sojourn of sorrow tomorrow night in Atlanta for a three-game series against the Braves. It likely won't be pretty, but it's baseball, it's the summer, and what else are you going to do, go out and have fun somewhere?
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