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Phils Drop Sixth Straight With Loss To Tigers

Hamels has been a victim of poor run support all season. (Photo: AP)

Hamels pitched well tonight, but the bats were silent. (Photo: AP)

Following their 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Detroit Tigers, the Phillies have now lost a season-high six games in a row. The loss pushed them 8.5 games back of first place in the NL East, and, as of this post, the Braves were winning. For the fifth time this season, they’re five games under .500. Since the All Star Break, they’ve gone 1-6.

In the event that you’re not picking up my vibe here, what I’m trying to say is, if you haven’t picked out a seat on the Sell! Sell! Sell! bandwagon, I suggest you do it now while some spots still remain.


– As so often goes in the game of baseball, Cole Hamels was offered a chance at redemption tonight when the Phils once again spotted him an early 1-0 lead. This time, Hamels seized the opportunity. The only problem was the Phillies bats felt one run was enough.

– Hamels one shaky inning came when he found himself in a jam with runners on second and third and one out in the fifth. Nursing a slim 1-0 lead, there was little room for error. Unfortunately, Hamels couldn’t find a way out of it. He allowed a two-run double, the fourth double of the night for Detroit, to Alex Aliva–the nine-hole hitter. The fact that it was Avila, who is batting a robust .188, that did the damage made the moment all the more cringe-worthy.

Outside of that lone hiccup, Hamels was actually very good. Over seven innings, he allowed just the two runs, with six hits, three walks and six strikeouts. He retired the final seven hitters he faced. Though he gets the loss, it’s hard to hang this one of Hamels. He certainly pitched well enough to win against a decent Tigers lineup.


– The Phils came out hacking early because–well, I really couldn’t tell you why. But I’m sure there was a good baseball reason for it. It’s not like professional baseball players being paid a small fortune to do one thing would just come out and swing haphazardly on a whim, right? RIGHT? Right. Glad we’re in agreement. So the Phils swung away. And lucky for you they did, because it’s Friday night and I’m sure you had plans with your old college buddy who’s in town for the weekend. Thing is, maybe the Phils should stop being so considerate of our Friday night plans and worry about the game at hand, because their strategy once again failed to produce much of anything, a theme that’s cropping up with great regularity.

– Credit to Doug Fister, who pitched a great game, I guess. After all, he did retire twelve in a row at one point. But it didn’t seem like the Phils made him work very hard in scoring their one unearned run. In fact, his dominance seemed effortless. You can elect to tip your cap and move on, but it’s hard to ignore that not a single Phillies hitter walked tonight, and only two could work a three-ball count. They didn’t even get a hit after the fourth inning. Fister was good, but he wasn’t that good.

– The Phils have now scored just ten runs over their last six ball games.


– In case you weren’t set with just the quick at-bats, the Phillies also did you a favor in the field by turning should-be hits into outs, ensuring you meet up with your buddies on time. They’ve been one of the worst defensive teams in the Majors all season, but you wouldn’t know it from watching them in this game. Highlight reel plays cropped all over the diamond in an effort to speed up the ballgame.

– The standout plays included: Kevin Frandsen‘s diving stop on a ground ball to end a threat in the first and a great effort by the entire infield to spin a strike ’em out/throw ’em out double play with the back end of the play resulting in a perfectly executed rundown with runners on first and third to end the second. But the creme de la creme came from the most unlikely of sources. On a fly ball in foul territory down the right field line, Laynce Nix of all people jumped, leaned into a crowd of spectators in the stands, and somehow came away with the ball in his mitt. Words don’t describe just how impressive the play was, so I recommend you check out the replay. It may give you a fleeting sense of warmth in what has become an otherwise cold and dark Phillies universe.


–  Cliff Lee (10-4, 3.05) was slotted to start tomorrow, but he’s been scratched with a stiff neck (Let the rampant trade speculation begin!). Raul Valdes (1-0, 7.59) starts in Lee’s steed, while Max Scherzer (14-1, 3.14) takes the ball for the Tigers.



  1. Ken Bland

    July 26, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    In the event that you’re not picking up my vibe here, what I’m trying to say is, if you haven’t picked out a seat on the Sell! Sell! Sell! bandwagon, I suggest you do it now while some spots still remain. – See more at:

    Thanks for the clarity, because I didn’t pick that up. I thought you were heading toward when it’s appropriate to discuss comps with the ’61 club that lost 23 straight.

    Sell. What a novel concept.

    Frustrating as it is, and as much as it induces the sell mentality, doesn’t appear that those playing aren’t giving it a good shot, and hanging as they can. Secondary point, I guess, but for the players, it’s about all you can ask. Or close to it.

  2. Andrew from Waldorf

    July 26, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    Wow had this thread up before they could even throw Ruf out at first for the last out.

    4 hits ????

    In a DH park.

    I don’t want a word about injuries.
    When your GM hoards old guys it happens. So in 2014 its happening again.
    Like you knew it would this year.
    So its really BS to cry about it.

    The tigers are missing Cabrera who is actually a good player unlike a lot of the Phils big money guys.

    Really disgraceful display the last 6 games.

    Please fire Amaro.
    I as a dumbass blogger have been crying about him for 3 years now knowing he was doing this too the team. This damage he is doing is long term.

    If he is allowed to make the deadline deals this year will just do further damage.

    And yes G7 Cole pitched well tonight.

    To stretch his record to 4- 13

    At least the Phils lost fast tonight so I can tune over and watch the Mets and Nationals.

    • schmenkman

      July 26, 2013 at 11:14 pm

      Meanwhile, somewhere in Tiger Nation…

      “6 hits ????

      In a DH park.

      I don’t want a word about injuries.”

      • wbramh

        July 27, 2013 at 12:28 am

        True Schmenk, although you could argue that the Tigers had a bad game while the Phillies played their typical game.

      • schmenkman

        July 27, 2013 at 4:05 am

        Yeah, they’ve had their struggles, especially in the last week, but surprisingly (to me anyway) they also have the 4th highest OPS since May 6th.

  3. Bart Shart

    July 26, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    Hamels pitched well and deserved to win. Today’s game marked the sixth straight loss for the Phils. The good older players deserve to play for winning teams with chances to earn post-season play. That means Utley, Lee, Ruiz and Michael Young. It’s that simple. Plus we get some strength and promise with good, solid prospects. Presently, our minor leagues are less than stellar.


  4. G7

    July 26, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    Phils to sign Cuban fireballer..MAG

    • G7

      July 26, 2013 at 10:10 pm

      Lee probably on trading block.

      • George

        July 26, 2013 at 10:40 pm

        The signing of one player doesn’t mean the trading of another.

        I’d suspect they’ll listen to trade offers just as they did last season when they put Lee on waivers. I also suspect the end result will be exactly the same. I’d figure the “Cuban fireballer” is a Halladay replacement, because he’s the one surrounded by question marks.

      • G7

        July 26, 2013 at 10:57 pm

        Ok..Lee also scratched from tomorrow’s start with supposed stiff neck..

  5. Vernon Dozier

    July 26, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    This organization needs a GM who doesn’t construct a roster by “looking at the back of a player’s baseball card”.

    BTW, would the Dodgers give up Joc Pederson for two months of Utley?

  6. Pamikedc

    July 27, 2013 at 8:34 am

    @Andrew from Waldorf?

    A G7 pitcher? A GQ or from a rap video I have heard of a G6. What’s a G7? Just curious.

    Why else would they pull Lee? He’s gone!!!
    G2 vs the Cards, 4-0 lead and he wants to play for a winner, cry baby. We’ll save $70 mil hopefully.

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