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Hello, goodbye: Blue Jays 5, Phillies 3

It was nice while it lasted.

Toronto Blue Jays v Philadelphia Phillies Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images

That was less than fun.

The Phillies lost 5-3 to the Blue Jays today, dropping the series two games to one. And since the Braves won, that means the Phillies are again a half game back of first place, their stay at the top lasting less than 24 hours. It was a pretty great 20 hours, though.

The bottom line of this loss: the Phillies’ offense isn’t getting it done right now. And one of the main culprits is Rhys Hoskins, who has been straight up atrocious lately.

Yikes. I’ll have something on Hoskins’ spot in the batting order tomorrow, but that just can’t continue. Hoskins’ offensive issues, or Gable Kapler batting him so high in the order when his production has been nearly nonexistent.

In all, the Phillies had six hits on the day. They were originally down just 2-0 after Nick Pivetta gave up runs in the second. He went just five innings today, and his inability to last longer is one of the things that did the Phillies in. (Though it was a perfectly serviceable start from a back-of-the-rotation starter.) The Phils had yet to score any runs off of J.A. Happ when Tommy Hunter, who I am rapidly losing patience with, coughed up another two runs in just 23 of an inning.

This is the kind of loss that makes you angry because once again, the Phillies almost won it. They came roaring back in the sixth inning, scoring three runs off of Happ thanks to four straight singles and a fielding error from Kevin Pillar. But they couldn’t close the deal, and when the Hector Neris allowed a ninth inning home run from Curtis Granderson, it felt like the game was already over. Three outs later, it was.

The Phillies are capable of more than this, at least offensively. There are a lot more games left, and there will be more chances for them to retake first place. But the team has to start hitting more and better, because otherwise it’s going to be a long season of watching them flail just under the surface of being good.