Phillies Drop to Second Place

Posted by Amanda Orr, Mon, May 31, 2010 11:10 PM | Comments: 70
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With the Phillies 9-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves, the Phillies dropped to second place in the National League East.  While the Phillies offensive struggles have been frustrating, it’s not time to press the panic button — yet.

Part of this loss can be blamed on defensive mistakes by Ross Gload and Ryan Howard.  Gload, who played in place of Jayson Werth, dropped a fly ball.  However, the most costly error was by Howard, who completely missed a ground ball that potentially could have been two outs.  The miscues led to two unearned runs, and if not made, the outcome could have been much different.

The Phillies were held scoreless until the seventh inning.  Tommy Hanson cruised along, allowing just three hits.  He was lifted in the seventh inning after allowing a two-out double to Raul Ibanez.  Pete Moylan came in relief and gave up three straight doubles as the Phillies were able to cut the lead in half.  Unfortunately, Troy Glaus broke the game wide open at the bottom half of the inning.  Glaus’ three-run home run off Chad Durbin put the game in the books.

There were some positives though.  Brad Lidge returned from the disabled list (Nelson Figueroa was designated for assignment) and tossed a 1-2-3 inning.  His slider was impressive, as he struck out one batter.  The other positive?  They weren’t shut out.

Today, the offensive struggles carried over defensively.  There is no question that the Phillies need to snap out of this slump, but it is still very early in the season.  In previous seasons, the Phillies have gone through similar woes.  This series with Atlanta is key, however, and they must win if they want to get back into first place.

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  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Our current roster would go .500 in June …

    I would think that if we can get our Gold Glove, leadoff hitting SS ….our #4 Starting Pitcher… our primary Setup Man, etc back … we should be in good shape!

    The Phillies are about to put a hurtin on the Padres and Marlins in their next homestand

  • Posts: 0 Bart Shart

    It’s DIPSY DOODLE time. And don’t forget to flush and wash your hands.

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Things started to go sour with the offense before the two knuckleballers with the Pirates and Cubs. Dice K and the two knuckleballers only made things worse.

    Losing J-Roll…..again….I think really has affected this team. They managed to win without him the first time…..but the schedule was easier then. And, I think the fact that he went down for the second time, that has had a negative effect.

    Funny, too, how the Phillies managed two wins in the Marlins series with Roy’s perfecto and the win the night before where Kendrick actually pitched very well and Contreras was NASTY out of the pen to close it. And Moyer pitched GREAT on Sunday in that 1-0 loss.

    But people forget that the starting pitching in particular has been really good through this.

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    The title of this thread is “Phillies Drop to Second Place”

    There are some old phrases like “It’s better to be pissed off than pissed on” and “It’s better than a sharp stick in the eye”

    Second place is better than 3rd…or last.

    Relax, everyone. This is just a slump. Not a “collapse” like somebody mentioned the other day.

  • Posts: 0 Bart Shart

    Chuck, you are making some sense. I hope you are accurate in your predictions. We all want a winner. It’s just that some of us see the glass as half empty, and for good reason.

  • Posts: 0 Georgie

    haha, Dips…hamsters, black light posters and Frampton….flashback here, minus the hamsters.

    yeah, the slump is affecting all of us, I’m even feeling grrrrumpy today, and that just NEVER happens. Btw, I saw a comment by our bestest Mets fan, Grrrrumpy Miner, on another thread….hiya Grrrumps!

    I sort of remember my dad telling me that a knuckleball pitcher can screw up your timing/swing for a while. That was back in the Niekro days, but, anyhow, couple that with the fact the Phillies faced two of them in a row, AND, imo, they were headed into an offensive slump prior to that, it’s not a complete shock that they’re in this funk right now. It is a little shocking how bad it is, but they are missing Jimmy and Polly.

    These guys’ bats are way too strong to remain in this kind of slump for much longer, it’s just not possible. We still have one of the best teams in the league, and we should really appreciate that, because we all (most) remember what it was like to watch the crappy Phillies teams of the past. I’m going to try to remain positive, and weather this storm…there are brighter days ahead, Phils fans.

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    So just what IS the real status on J-Roll and Polly? Yeah….we need them.

    While I understand the need to shake things up a bit, having Ross Gload lead off was kind of a head-scratcher. And that’s taking nothing away from Gload. He can hit.

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    LETS GO PHILLIES! clap clap clap clap clap

  • Posts: 0 George

    Mike B–
    Sometimes one begins to read a comment and finds the negativity before he has a chance to stop reading it.

    There are some people I avoid reading because I know they are attention craving braggarts and jerks, but sometimes it takes two or three posts before you realize that they are ALWAYS negative weasels with juvenile senses of humor.

    Personally, I don’t think either of my first comments contained any negativity. The Bart Shart God remark was aimed only at him, and will be the only one aimed at him, because I’ll no longer read his tripe. I’ve found out he’s the kind of person I wouldn’t allow on my front porch, let alone in my living room. No one else should have suffered for my comment, unless they disapprove of the word “turd.” (If they do, I’m sorry for the offense.)

    Please reread my first two posts. The first merely states the obvious about certain commenters, but doesn’t belittle them. It goes on to praise some of Amaro’s moves, points out that Howard is not yet making $25 million, and therefore may not be overpaid when his raise kicks in, and ends with a legitimate question concerning Blanton. The second post states why I don’t find this slump as bad as last year’s. I’ve tried to point out some facts and to ask some real questions. I fail to see the negativity in any of that.

  • Posts: 0 Chuck


    Good luck in getting Mike B to respond to your well thought out explanation. He hasn’t yet responded to my remarks directed at him at 11:55 AM.

    Until I get an explanation from him I will assume he agrees with me.

  • Posts: 0 psujoe

    Look at the bright side. Werth’s value is coming back down to earth. Madson, Lidge, Happ and Rollins should all be rested for the stretch run, piching has been very good and an unhearalded 18 year old is hitting over .400 for the Blue Claws and may move up tp Clearwater. Whoe needs Howard, just kidding.

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    My Phillies hat is on.


    1) I don’t study your posts.

    2)I am not obsessed with you and

    3) I have ZERO respect for you.

    Go Phillies!!

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    I just cannot wait until June 5th, I have tiks to see my boys vs San Diego. This slumpin will not continue and I plan on being on board when the hellfire breaks out.
    8 )

    Go Phils!

  • Posts: 0 Brooks

    I think it was Georgie who said the other day, “Why feed the trolls?”

  • Posts: 0 Chuck


    Bart isn’t a troll.

    He’s a total BUFFOON.

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  • Posts: 0 shag beta sigma delta

    I too will be at both this weekend games in Phila against the Padres, My sister blames the slump on me because I did not make the trip down there for the Sunday game against the Red Sox, I live in Vermont with Sunday ticket package, but because of work could not go to that game. In the the last three years I have only seen them lose twice, opening day against the Braves last year, and a Baltimore game last year when I missed the first three innings stuck on the Subway. And I was 2-1 on my vacation, in Arizona, San Fran and Philly. Cali. is just bad luck for me anyway so I excuse that one. Now I have tickets to Sat and Sun, hopefully they will win out till then and continue my personal winning streak

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