- David Buchanan pitched five innings, and allowed all three of the Atlanta runs to score.
- Buchanan allowed five hits and five walks while striking out four.
- The Phillies offense scored just two runs, but actually managed to crank out a decent amount of hits (13).
- Ben Revere and Jimmy Rollins each had three-hit games at the top of the order.
- Rollins hit his 13th double of the season.
- Marlon Byrd supplied both of the Phillies’ runs with solo homers in the second and fourth innings.
- Domonic Brown started in left, and went 2-3 with a couple of singles.
- Koyie Hill was the team’s catcher today, and went 1-4.
- Chase Utley went 1-5 and left four on base.
- Justin De Fratus pitched a scoreless eighth.
- Jake Diekman struck out the side in the eighth.
- Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless ninth.
Can we stop with the nonsensical ideas that the Phillies can actually be a player in the N.L. East race?
After dropping four straight at home to the Atlanta Braves with one feeble effort after the next, if this series isn’t enough for the 2014 Phillies to be declared a lost cause, I don’t know what is. This is the first time that the Braves have swept the Phils on the road in four games since 1964.
Yes, the East is a terrible division. But the Phillies are the worst team in a terrible division.
Here we have a critical home series against a team at the top of the division, and the Phillies can’t score more than three runs in any of the four games played. Unacceptable, and inexcusable.
The fact that they’ve been hovering around 4-5 games out over the last few weeks has been nothing but false hope created from fool’s gold all along.
Let’s take a look at this brilliant lineup that Ruben Amaro has assembled and how they fared with runners in scoring position over this four-game set. These past four games, the Phils went just 3-32. I don’t know what surprises me more, the fact that this lineup could perform so feebly, or that they actually managed to get 32 runners into scoring position within four games.
This is a bad, bad, team, and they need to be blown up and torn down asap.
Let’s hope the powers that be in the organization realize what most of us have known all along.