The offense: Bad. The pitching: Worse. The result: Ugh. The Phillies barely showed up against the Marlins, losing 6-2 and yet another home series.
Burke Badenhop, making his first start of the season, threw a solid five innings — yet another sinkerball pitcher who looked like Cy Young against the flailing Phillies. The bad numbers: Jimmy Rollins went 0-for-4, Shane Victorino went 0-for-3, Raul Ibanez went 0-for-4. The Phillies failed to bring Ryan Howard home after a double in the fourth inning. Then they failed to score a run with two late-game rallies. Horrendous.
Meanwhile, Brett Myers injured his hip after 5.2 poor innings. He allowed two home runs among seven hits. Clay Condrey pitched a strong 2.1 innings, but Jack Taschner couldn’t keep scoreless in one.
Mostly everything that usually does fail for the Phillies did so against the Marlins, and now the Phils find themselves again in second place, with the Mets making another of their patented runs.