The Phillies lost another series â€” their fifth in a row â€” in a 5-0 loss to the Athletics. Rich Harden pitched an almost flawless eight innings, striking out 11 Phils and giving up just two hits. He walked one. He threw just 95 pitches.
In fact the only Phillie to hit Harden was Shane Victorino. That’s it. Jimmy Rollins struck out three times, as did Jayson Werth. Geoff Jenkins struck out twice. Everyone else just kind of stunk.
There’s not much more to say about the offense at this point. They were impatient and allowed Harden to rack up the Ks with ease. It seemed from the onset, with Harden striking out two in the first inning, there would be no shot for the Phils.
To his credit Adam Eaton didn’t pitch poorly, but gave the A’s an early lead with two first inning runs. He went seven innings, giving up six hits and three runs while striking out six and walking three. Tom Gordon was again useless out of the bullpen, letting the A’s score twice off a couple hits in the eighth.
Not that it would’ve mattered either way. The Phils offense is bad. Very, very bad. Somehow they remain in first place in the National League East. It’s a shame they’ve gone 4-11 and not even 6-9 in their last 15.
Maybe with the Phils heading to Arlington the offense will wake up. And maybe facing Kason Gabbard, Vicente Padilla and Eric Hurley will help. Then again, should we expect it?
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