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Phillies Lose Their Fourth Straight Game

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With tonight’s 5-2 loss, the Phillies dropped their second straight to the Washington Nationals. Their fourth consecutive loss drops them two games below .500. Just when it seemed like the Phillies turned things around, they go back to their losing ways.


Roy Halladay struggled through six innings. He allowed five earned runs on nine hits. He walked one and struck out six, but he surrendered two home runs.

-The month of May hasn’t been pretty for Doc. In 33.1 innings, Halladay has given up 40 hits. In five starts, he has allowed 20 earned runs. That’s a 5.40 ERA in the month of May.

-Halladay’s ERA is now 3.58 this season. At the end of May in 2007, Halladay had an ERA of 3.90: that would be the last time Halladay had an ERA this high through the first two months of the season.


-Halladay ran into most of his trouble during the third inning, where he allowed four earned runs. Jordan Zimmermann and Steve Lombardozzi led off the inning with back-to-back singles. Bryce Harper continued to hurt the Phillies, smacking a triple over Shane Victorino‘s head. Two runs scored on the play, giving the Nationals the lead. Harper would then show off his speed by scoring on a sacrifice fly.

-Harper wasn’t the only one who hurt Halladay that inning; Ian Desmond topped off the inning with a solo-shot to left.


Carlos Ruiz was ejected in the third inning after arguing balls and strikes. Ruiz didn’t appear heated at first, as it looked like he just turned around to ask umpire Gary Cederstrom where the pitch was. Ruiz remained in his catcher’s crouch during the conversation, but eventually the home plate umpire had enough and tossed Ruiz.

The ejection appeared out of line, as the conversation didn’t look too intense. Then again, it is unknown what words were exchanged between the two.

In Ruiz’s defense, the umpire did seem to be squeezing the strike zone all night.

Jake Diekman looked great out of the bullpen. In an inning and two-thirds, he only allowed one hit. He struck out four.

Erik Kratz hit his first major league home run, a solo shot in the eighth inning off Tom Gorzelanny.

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  1. Jeff Dowder

    May 22, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Going back to last season, the Phillies are 3-13 in their last 16 games against the Nationals.

    • brooks

      May 23, 2012 at 1:55 am

      Phils are Nats bitches

  2. bryan

    May 22, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    When will Cholly and Greg Gross be fired? Those are two major contributers to the problems.

  3. bryan

    May 22, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    When will Cholly and Greg Gross be fired? Those are two major contributers to the problems. And it might be time to start considering dealing Halladay… This season he looks bad. Velocity down, ERA up… Pass on his option, start unloading dead weight and either do what NY does and start REALLY shopping or go back to building the farm up and look ahead to 2014.

    • Jeff Dowder

      May 22, 2012 at 11:03 pm

      A general lack of talent on the 25 man roster is the problem – not the manager or coaching staff. Just look at tonight’s starting lineup and explain how a new manager will win with those players.

      Halladay has a vesting option based on innings pitched for 2014. The team cannot “pass on it”.

  4. Ryne Duren

    May 22, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    they have to do something! i don’t know what but somrthing has to be done. the utley, howard situation only makes things worse cause the phils brass is in a quandry. if they can come back and we’re treading water. they’re thinking as we are hoping that they can turn the team around. now if they come back two things could happen. one the team relaxes and begins to hit with risp. because the pressure will be off them. and with chooch hitting smarter thrse days, and pence lightens up and goes back to being a .300 hitter the we’re looking at a balanced and still formidable line up. with the pitchers not feeling like they have to be perfect things couild fall into place and if it does we all know what they’re capable of doing win wise.
    the second thing is they don’t come back or do and struggle for quite a while then it’s dunskidoodles for the season. if that’s the case you do what you have to do for the future. and we all know what that is! but first and foremost SIGN hammels!

  5. Andrew from Harrisburg

    May 23, 2012 at 1:20 am

    Things could get very interesting in two months. If the Phillies are, say, 10 GB at the trade deadline, what do they do?

    • brooks

      May 23, 2012 at 1:59 am

      Long term contracts with aging pitchers puts them in a really bad place before most of us thought it would happen. I too believed they had at least one more year to wreak havoc on the NL east. Now they are the fodder and it looks like for years to come.

  6. TheDipsy

    May 23, 2012 at 7:19 am

    Whoa – cmon. The Phillies are not fodder for years to come. Lets say this year is shot. Next year the Phils will have Howard back full strength – and people can feel how they wanna feel about that – and that will help. The Phillies will make a deal or two and sign a free agent or two and make this team competitive again. Just not this year. People give Ruben too much crap. I don’t believe this team is gonna do anything this year but I believe Ruben can add and move pieces to get us competitive again next year.

    The Dipsy

    • Jeff Dowder

      May 23, 2012 at 10:13 am

      He’s got very few trade pieces that are attractive to other teams. He’s got guys that are just too expensive with declining skills. That’s his biggest problem. The organization needs to get back to using the farm system for their own roster – not just using it to trade for established (and much more expensive) players. Look how many home grown players the Cardinals, Braves, and Nationals have.

      If you sign an older player like Ibanez or Polanco to a three year deal, you should really be developing someone in the farm to be ready by year four – not just plan on looking at free agents (older, more expensive, etc.) once again. I really don’t see any advance planning by RAJ. He just seems to be playing fantasy baseball.

      • George

        May 23, 2012 at 11:16 am

        Wait one blasted minute! How many sure thing prospects have the Phils actually traded? (And I’m not talking about those who were blocked for years, like Singleton, and almost had to be trade bait, or those who might be useful five years after they were dealt). And if you haven’t noticed, quite a number of the Phils’ recent additions have come up through the system: Galvis, Bastardo, Stutes, Luna, Diekman, and others. Brown may be up next season. To say Amaro is playing fantasy baseball is overlooking a number of realities, such as low draft picks due to high finishes, and also overlooks the fact that the team has won five straight division titles. And to say that the team doesn’t develop players to replace aging free agents is absurd. Sometimes those guys just take longer to develop than anyone thinks, like Dom Brown, who should probably been ready to replace someone like Ibanez. And sometimes those guys just don’t work out, like Travis Mattair, or suffer injuries like Tyson Gillies.

  7. Dave

    May 23, 2012 at 7:56 am

    Has anyone noticed that Raul is batting .263 with 9 HR’s and 27 RBI? Not bad for a 40 yr old.

  8. keng

    May 23, 2012 at 8:08 am

    im guessing hamels and the phils have talked – and hamels told the phils he is going to test free agency no matter what at this point – and thats why u hear nothing…. – otherwise the phils, who need good news badly, would have signed him already – but they dont want to say this publicly bc it would be additional bad news and bc everyone would be upset with hamels – and btw, if i were hamels, i would want to move on and be the top ace on a great team after being the third man on this aging phils that prob wont be good again for years – its not like they’ve done anything great for the guy, although he’s certainly performed great for them!

  9. branderson925

    May 23, 2012 at 10:06 am

    The frustration continues. Real tough when even Doc is looking shaky. I know he’ll turn it around but this is just confusing most of all for me. Someone’s gonna come through. I know I may sound foolishly optimistic but I think they will hit a stride when Ryan or Chase comes back. Who knows…


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