It had been 54 games since the Phillies lost two in a row. The unwanted losing streak has now begun. The Phillies dropped the final game of the series, 4-1, marking the first time they lost back-to-back games since June 4. Their last series loss came against the Mariners in mid-June.
Like most losses this season, the offense is to blame. The Phillies only managed one run — an RBI double by Chase Utley in the 7th inning. However, Tim Lincecum is no walk in the park. The 27-year old’s recent illness did not slow him down as he tossed six scoreless innings and struck out six.
Kyle Kendrick was latest victim of being a tough-luck loser. The righty pitched well, surrendering three runs over six and a third. Kendrick’s biggest mistake was a home run ball to the Kung Fu Panda, Pablo Sandoval.
To start the seventh, the Phillies were still within reach, trailing 2-0. However, two additional runs scored thanks to a throwing error by Michael Martinez. It was heads up baserunning by the Giants, but the error was still costly.
Brian Wilson and his beard closed it out for his 33rd save of the season.
In reality, losing a series isn’t that big of a deal. What makes this one hurt is the fact that it was against the Giants, another first place team. Beating up on last place teams is always fun, but beating stronger teams separates the men from the boys.
The series loss is frustrating, but it is nothing to worry about. The Phillies are back on the field tomorrow, and will put this one aside. Also, some injured players will be returning soon. The trade deadline is looming, and who knows what kind (if any) additions Ruben Amaro Jr. will make. Look at it this way: the Phillies can only get better. Come September and October, this series will be well beyond the rear view mirror.