You know what the worst part is about a winning streak? It can mask deficiences on a team that clearly has them. When the simPhillies were winning 11 in a row, we thought they were a contender, an actual World Series contender. Now that they’ve lost 6 out of 7, we can see what they really are - a good team that still needs more help.
It really wasn’t a game that the Phillies couldn’t win. Jake Arrieta, the Phillies starter on the night, wasn’t all that bad. He let in the first run in the second when Max Muncy doubled to lead off, then was driven home by a Joc Pederson single.
The Phillies would answer in the third when Rhys Hoskins walked, then was followed by a Logan Forsythe home run. That lead would hold for a few innings until Arrieta loaded the bases in the fifth on three straight singles from Justin Turner, Gavin Lux and Mookie Betts. That brought reigning MVP Cody Bellinger to the plate, who delivered with a bases clearing double that brought the score to 4-2.
The score stayed that way into the ninth when Roman Quinn tripled off of Kenley Jansen to open the inning, then scored on a wild pitch making it 4-3. However, Jansen settled after that and struck out the remaining batters, ending the rally before it really had a chance to get started.
The Phillies will try and avoid a second straight sweep tomorrow when Vince Velasquez takes the hill.