Sunday, August 17, 2008

No offense, the Phillies stink

(AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Now the Phillies can't even hit off of a minor league pitcher. The Padres tossed Chad Reineke out to the mound to make his major league debut, and even he had very little problem slowing down the "mighty Phillie offense". Reineke allowed 3 runs in 5 innings and then the Padres bullpen took it from there as the Padres beat the Phillies 8-3.

Of course, the Phillie offense wasn't the only culprit in the loss. Kyle Kendrick got two quick outs in the 4th inning but ran into some serious problems when trying to get the third. Not only did he let the pitcher, Reineke, get an RBI single, but Kendrick then gave up two more hits and walked another batter before being yanked from the game. In total, the Padres scored 5 runs in the inning, all with two outs.

The frustration continues with this Phillies team. The Mets continue to roll, winning their 5th straight to give themselves a 2 game lead in the NL East. The Phillies, on the other hand, have lost 8 of their last 12 and are slipping closer to third place. The offense continues to fail the Phillies, who now rely on their starting pitchers to have great games to even give themselves a chance to win. They will be on national television tomorrow night with Cole Hamels on the mound, so hopefully they can save face and at least take two of three from this weak Padres team. The Phils will be facing Cha Seung Baek and his 5.20 ERA. Look for Baek to throw a complete game shutout.

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