This game was not good. Just like Saturday’s game wasn’t good, and also Friday’s game. This series started out so promisingly, but it ended Sunday with a 4-0 loss to the Reds.
This is what the Phillies needed to avoid doing. Going to play a sub-.500 team and getting beat. Today was particularly painful, as the Phillies had just five hits through eight innings. They walked only once, and struck out 14 times.
Zach Eflin didn’t have a great start, but for a No. 4 starter (or whatever he is now), four runs isn’t unheard of. Four runs isn’t an unreasonable amount of runs to expect the offense to score. The Phillies just weren’t up to it this weekend. Asdrubal Cabrera in particular was stinky, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. That’s after 0-for-4 with one strikeout in his debut on Saturday. That’s not the start that anyone had in mind, but he’ll snap out of it. He’s a good player, this is just a fluke. Have I convinced you? Yeah, me either. Not after such a demoralizing showing in Cincinnati. I still think it’s true, but... woof.
To be fair, the Phillies almost came back both on Friday and on Sunday. In the waning innings, the Phillies finally managed to get men on base, and they had a chance to tie it up. Both times they came up empty, which is why it’s hard to see that as a total positive. Almost coming back is great, but it also doesn't count. The Phillies will snap out of this, but until they do, it can be painful to watch them get so close to succeeding but fail to take it all the way.
The Phillies head to Boston next to face the Red Sox. I’m scared, but I know that the Phillies have the ability to both be a good team, and beat a good team. They just have to work through this little slump. They really have to.