The Philadelphia Phillies glimmer of hope has officially faded to black as they dropped their sixth game in a row. The shutout against the Miami Marlins was also the 11th time the Phillies have been shut out this season, tied for second most in the majors. After allowing Ben Revere and Jimmy Rollins to reach base at the beginning of the game, Tom Koehler retired the next 15 batters he faced. Cole Hamels wasn’t so lucky, allowing three earned runs on five hits and four walks. “I wasn’t getting ahead of guys,” Hamels said. “Then, when I needed to throw a strike, I left it up in the zone in a place where they were able to make solid contact.” That’s correct, Cole. It was the first time in 10 starts that Hamels didn’t go at least seven innings, and it took him 97 pitches to get to through the fifth.
The hitting for the Phils didn’t show up again on Wednesday night. The Phils were able to muster five total hits, two each from Revere and Rollins and one from Ryan Howard. Howard’s single brings him to one hit in his last 17 at bats. Chase Utley continues to be the most concerning bat on the roster, though. After starting the season hotter than anyone could have expected, he’s dropped off a cliff. His batting average is down to .288 and only 9 for his last 49 with only one extra base hit in that time. Ryne Sandberg said the Phillies recent struggles were “hard to believe” and noted that they needed someone to break through for others to feed off.
Marlins LHP Brad Hand (0-1, 6.38 ERA) will come off the disabled list to make the start against RHP Kyle Kendrick (3-8, 4.22 ERA) on Thursday. There’s no signs that this one will be a pitchers’ duel, but the Phillies probably plan to make Hand look good, again.
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