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Uninspired Loss Drops Phils Out Of First

In a clear summation of the Phillies’ troubles, the team dropped another one, 3-1, losing the series 2-1 to the Mets. They lost first place, as well, as the Mets overtook them by a game.

Rollins aside, this team didn’t come out to play. Oliver Perez baffled them yet again with his low junk, and the Phils obliged with plenty of swings and misses. To his credit, Jamie Moyer was spectacular in his seven innings of work, giving up just a run on two hits.

But once Moyer came out, the glue came off too. JC Romero quickly let up a single, and a stolen base. After a David Wright intentional walk, Carlos Delgado broke the tie with a two-run double. Amazingly, a lefty beat Romero.

But the story wasn’t Delgado beating Romero, it was the inefficiencies of the offense. Again. Jayson Werth, despite homering to tie the game, couldn’t deliver with the bases loaded in the eighth. Chase Utley had another 0-fer day, and suddenly his statistics post-April are looking mighty pedestrian. The rest of the offense came up short. Again.

There’s no other way of slicing it: This team has a lot of problems.

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