Phillies Lose Game, Series to San Francisco

Posted by Amanda Orr, Thu, July 28, 2011 11:12 PM | Comments: 37

Photo: Matt Slocum/AP

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.

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  • Posts: 49 bacardi

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    Yep Yep

  • Posts: 0 Devin

    “Come September and October, this series will be well beyond the rear view mirror”

    Until they face the Giants again in the post-season and prove that losing to them is plenty to worry about. Losing this series, as well as the upcoming one (they’re likely to lose that one too) only goes to show that there’s plenty to worry about facing the Giants. This team STILL can’t beat that team and that’s plenty to worry about since we’re gonna be facing them in October. The Phils prove again and again they do nothing but lose when playing the Giants.

  • Posts: 0 Savannah

    Am I the only one who thinks that the Giants planned and staged this entire series???

    Do we really think Timmy (as the announcers kept calling him) got the flue or had food poisoning?? They used our best pitchers in the All Star game so they could not be used in this series, then they figured they couldn’t let “Timmy” be outpitched by a rookie, so he sat out. There was an off chance that he could lose to Cole Hamels, so he was sick again and
    put Cain up against Cole on the off chance that Cain might win. So they sacrificed game 1 to win game 2 and then put “Timmy” up against our weakest pitcher Kendrick!! Hence winning game #3. That gave them bragging rights to a SWEEP of the series.

    Or do you all think I am Paranoid????

    • Posts: 0 stan_the_caddy


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  • Posts: 0 Savannah

    I don’t trust Bochy….. I’m just saying….

  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Braves offers a big deal to for pence. Phillies have until Friday to make it happen according to stark. After that the Stros are moving to other teams. They do not want brown. Do you blame them. 4 prospects.

  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    According to stark deal will be done tomorrow. Pence for cosart singleton and other player being discussed. No brown. Get it Ruben.

  • Posts: 2897 Chuck A.

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    Ruben will get his man. Watch it unfold.

  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Like I said chuck. Trust Ruben. Pence will help Howard.

    • Posts: 385 Publius

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      Absolutely. Rube’s massive overpay of Howard shows he can be trusted and that he has an excellent perspective on future player performance

  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Braves have a big offer on the table. We can’t let that happen.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    @ publious

    How bad is the massive over pay? and it gets worse every day.

    Jose Bautista has a contract of the same length. He has a 1.148 OPs this year.

    But he makes 14 million next year and Howard 25. And he plays a position where fielding matters.

    Howard isnt worth 12 per at this point. Id so trade him for Adam Dunn right now. Dunn and his .161 average. Dunn makes 12 next year. Then you take the 13 million savings and get a IB

    The Howard contract is by far the worst move this franchise has made.
    Imagine if the extension isnt signed? He is in his contract year.
    Think he may talk a walk in a contract year and work on his OPS?

    This is an anchor that could sink a franchise and could get a GM fired.
    More pressure on RAJ to make a deal to win a title this year.
    A WS championship cures all the problems. Including Howard and his contract.

    • Posts: 0 Ryan H.

      certified howard hater. you’ve lost all touch with reality.

    • Posts: 19 Moondog

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      What Howard earns is meaningless. No Wharton graduates here I see. Phils have undervalued TV contract. The new contract will cover any overpays. No one has a contract longer than 5 years. Bad deals come off every year. Every year they play in the post season is a bonus. They are fine. Bautista and Toronto are going nowhere.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    @ Jeff we already let Beltran goto the Giants. Why not Pence to the Braves?

    I dont think Pence is enough anyway. Need to start thinking bigger. And I am sure RAJ is too.

  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Beltran is a rentsl

  • Posts: 0 Snarkk

    Philly phans — getting used to losing to the Giants? Nice of Howard to loaf after that overthrow so that our catcher could score all the way from 2nd. What’s he making — $20 mill? Sweet. Usually, the Giants will win a game if they get 3 runs, but with 4, itz really done. Good luck giving away half your minor leaguers for Pence….

  • Posts: 19 tyROBasaurus

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    I’m a little lost as to why a lot of fans are writing this off as “not a big deal,” and “things can only get better from here” in the ultimate scheme of things. On one hand, in regards to the regular season, I agree completely – the Phillies will win the NL East and we’ll have some fun the rest of the way.

    On the other hand, this was a nearly frame-by-frame playback of last year’s NLCS. If the Phillies encounter the Giants in the playoffs, what makes anyone think that all of a sudden the bats will come alive and they’ll figure out their staff? I don’t see it. I love the Phillies, and I know they’re a good team – but – and this is tough for a fan to say – the Giants pitchers own the Phillies, and they’re in our hitters heads. Now, when we play the Giants, we expect a loss.

  • Posts: 49 bacardi

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    Kendrick pitched a decent game. He almost killed himself diving for that ball. That HR was partly luck. The Giants have our number boys an girls. The jig is up.

  • Posts: 0 Mazinman

    If this series convinced Ruben about the necessity to add Pence and he manages to get him then the losses were well worth it.

  • Avatar of The Original Chuck P

    I think everyone is a little to antsy around here. Lets give these guys the credit they deserve- they won 4 NLE titles and earned 2 WS berths. Why isn’t that enough? Why can’t we get behind them and be a little more positive- I mean, we do have the best record in baseball. We just lost two games in a row for the first time in a month… Stop being GMs and start being fans. It’s ridiculous. Look at the series for what it was- our 4, 3, 5 pitchers against their 5, 2, 1 pitchers. This was a series we were supposed to lose… It happens. We had a chance but you’re not going to beat Lincecum when the Giants score 4 runs (three were called earned but it was 4).

    • Posts: 73 RatBastardNJ

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      YES…someone finally talking sense on here. Sometimes I need a break from this forum as I grow weary of the negativity. We beg RAJ to spend money…he does and he is still criticized. Others beg him to grow a minor league system that we lacked in the past…he is trying to do just that…and he gets criticized. I really do get the feeling that no matter what he does, he can’t win with some of the fans on here. I believe he has made solid offers for Pence that were rejected. Don’t forget he is competing against a few other teams on every impact bat out there. I am also wary whether the ‘Stros actually want to trade a contract friendly bat in Pence. Lastly, I am not ready to wave the white flag on Brown. I would like to see the Phillies add a bat that could platoon with him and Ibanez so that he is just not thrown to the scrap heap. I still think Melky Cabrera would be the ideal fit…too bad he appears unavailable now.

  • Posts: 0 Troutman

    The path to the WS goes through San Fran. Sorry to say it, but that is going to be a huge roadblock for the Phils. WS or bust, right? It’ll be bust. Prepare for disappointment in October. It doesn’t matter if they get Pence or not, they can’t hit this pitching staff. Offense looked absolutely pathetic the last two nights…just a preview of things to come unfortunately.

  • Posts: 0 TheDipsy

    Geez. AWF – I’m surprised that you are still bitching about Howard’s contract. You know we had to sign him, so with this knowledge I figured you would just accept the fact that we are stuck with the bad contract and move on. At least he’s a good player with a bad contract. Cosart, Singleton, and…..well, whoever it is I would have a hard time not doing the deal. Parting with “The Boss” would pain me a bit but we ll know he hasn’t been the same since Clarence Clemons died.

    The Dipsy

    • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

      He is not good player.
      Not close and at 5,000,000.00 hes not good
      The contract is irrelevant.

  • Posts: 1 Patriot2

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    Pence is a proven hitter that can perhaps provide protection for Howard or bat 4th to break up the back to back lefty situation with Utley/Howard.

    If the Astros don’t want Brown, then Brown goes to the bench as a pinch hitter and spot starter in Left until next year when he takes over for Ibanez.

    Our bullpen is fine and needs no help. Don’t under any circumstance give up Worley.

  • Posts: 0 Troutman

    Patriot…agree with you on a couple of points. 1) Bullpen is fine. No need to get anyone else out there. 2) Hang on to Worley. Offense if the problem and that is what they need to address!

  • Posts: 2897 Chuck A.

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    Was at the game last night. Lincecum really wasn’t all that sharp (as indicated by his ball/strike ratio). And Kendrick really pitched surpisingly well….and he dealt nicely with Beltran. I think the turning point was when Martinez made that error that helped the Giants go from a 2-0 lead to 4-0. Changed the complexion of the game.

    But the Phillies had their chances. Lots of opportunities to score. Howard looked lost…not sure what to say anymore. I can’t boo him or hate him….but I, along with 45,000 other fans sure did a lot of grumbling and muttering. It’s tough. I DO think he will find his stroke and rhythm. And I’m really not worried about next week vs the Giants or some potential series in October. This was one series on a long journey.

    Memo to Ruben: Get Pence. Get it done.

  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Pence will soon be a Philly. When someone asked a scout should the phillies get melkey the scout said they already have three melkeys.

  • Posts: 0 sportsphan

    This was just a preview of October. Accept it. Our only hope is for the Braves to beat out the Giants in the first round while we face the Central Division winner. And, while I hope we get Pence, one player in this lineup is not the answer. He can get on base all he wants, but no one will drive him in!

  • Posts: 5434 Lefty

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    I don’t hate him either but as I’ve been saying, Howard is lost at the plate, and anyone that turns a blind eye to it is fooling themselves.

    Watch him after his AB’s, he hates himself right now. He needs more days off to work on his strike zone vision, to watch video of himself, or maybe he just needs Lasik surgery?

    BBReference confirms what Andrew of Waldorf tells us. He is hitting .182 after 3-1 count. That is ridiculously, horrendously bad. For comparison, Adrian Gonzales, in that situation is hitting 458, it’s a great hitters count. Howard should have 35 more walks, and 25 more hits at this point, but he just keeps falling at balls out of the zone. If he had more walks- ie; more selectivity, it would make him so much more dangerous at the plate.

    The point to this rant is that maybe we would not so desperately need a trade if our big piece was doing his job. And this isn’t some little stagnation, this is an extended slump of what, a year? or more? IMO-Time for drastic changes in his approach. We’ve seen what he can do, we know how dominant he can be, we can only hope he gets it back soon.

  • Posts: 0 Troutman

    Lefty, Chuck…I too am wondering what is going on with Howard. Really, he hasn’t looked good in almost 2 years. I am starting to get suspicious. 58 HR’s in 2006 to maybe 30 this year??? Last year, his ankle injury was the excuse. What’s the excuse this year? This guy is completely different than he was 4-5 years ago. Looks completely overmatched in MANY at bats. Throws up a red flag for me. Just saying…

  • Posts: 5434 Lefty

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    Respectfully, I don’t believe that Troutman. I simply believe that pitcher and managers have over the years adjusted to pitch to and defend Howard. And for some unknown reason he refuses to adjust.

    Think of it this way, does Doc adjust his approach, his pitch variance, and learn new ways to get constantly get better? You know it!

    Now ask yourself , Does Howard?

  • Posts: 0 Troutman

    Lefty…I hear what you’re saying BUT…it’s too much of a drop-off. If he went from 58 HR’s to 45 HR’s and then held steady in that range over the last 3-4 years, I’d be fine. It just seems like a precipitous drop off and I’m reminded of some of the players we saw that had careers dramatically go downhill as they got “older”, read stopped juicing. Howard looks tired and worn down and overmatched. He has all year and I think that is what I’m concerned about. I understand that pitchers have figured him out, but I also think he physically can’t adjust to what he sees and that is what throws up a red flag for me.

  • Posts: 5434 Lefty

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    I view “physically can’t adjust”, as won’t adjust, or maybe even refuses to adjust. It is not more exhausting to look at pitches and take walks, than it is to take gigantic wallops at balls not even close to the strike zone. He’s not playing the game the right way, pure and simple. Go to Baseball reference and look at his numbers the years he had 100 walks. That’s not a coincidence. Look at his average after 3-1 counts, no juice in the world changes that.

    But I get your point and though that way at one time too. The numbers don’t bear it out for me. I have no problem with a guy having a 58 hr season as an aberration, it happens.

  • Posts: 0 Matty

    The Phillies offense handled Lincecum in this game the same way they did in the NLCS last year. Took strikes and swung at junk. Really bad junk. Some of those breaking pitches they swung at didn’t even reach home plate. It was sick. I lost count at how many fastballs right down the middle were taken followed by a swing on the very next pitch at a piece of junk in the dirt.

    When I see this happening throughout the entire game, I wonder why the batting coach isn’t pointing this out.

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