The Phillies had better hope this is rock bottom. Otherwise, things could get really ugly.
The Phillies’ five-game series against the Mets was supposed to establish which team was the worst in the National League East. Based on the results, it’s hard to say that the Phillies have not decisively claimed that title.
The final score of Monday’s game was a bit deceiving, as the game was 1-0 heading into the sixth inning. But as he tends to do, Roberto Hernandez became less effective in the sixth inning. After allowing two runs to score, and two more runners on base, it was clearly time for Hernandez to depart the game.
Mario Hollands entered in relief, and while he did allow those two inherited runners to score, it’s hard to lay too much of the blame at his feet. First, Chase Utley committed an error (showing that when things go bad, they REALLY go bad), and then Wil Flores blooped a double just inside the right field line.
In the ninth inning, Jake Diekman and Phillippe Aumont teamed up to make sure the Phillies wouldn’t pull off a comeback. Diekman gave up two walks and two hits before Ryne Sandberg brought in the human surrender flag that is Phillippe Aumont.
Aumont has now appeared in two games for the Phillies in 2014. Here is a quick recap of those two appearances:
Game one – Strikeout, fly out, walk, two-run home run, strikeout.
Game two – Walk, strikeout, grand slam, ground out.
That’s an impressively bad body of work right there.
The good news is that the Mets series is finally over, and the Phillies will no longer get to blatantly illustrate that they are the worst team in the National League East. Instead, they’ll head to Washington to take on the Nationals. The Nationals have had some struggles of their own lately, but I have a feeling that they might be due for a turnaround this week.
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