It was a double whammy Monday night for the Phillies. Not only did they lose to the Braves 5-1, but they lost their consecutive sellout streak. With 41,665 in attendance, the streak stops at 257.
WORLEY DOESN’T LOOK RIGHT
-He’ll never complain about the pain, but it’s clear there is something off with Vance Worley. You have to wonder how much the bone chips in his right elbow are affecting him. Would it make sense to sit him out for the remainder of the season, just to play it safe? In just 3 2/3 innings, Worley walked three, struck out two and gave up four runs on six hits. Just an awful performance.
SHEETS SHUTS IT DOWN
-The revival of Ben Sheets is pretty cool. Was a big fan of his in Milwaukee when he was one of the most dominating pitchers in the NL for a short period of time. After countless arm injuries and two years out of the game, he is still throwing pretty hard and backing it up with good numbers. The Phillies could not figure out Sheets as allowed just six hits and one run over seven innings. It’s hard to tell if this will last, but for now his numbers are exceptional: 4-1, 1.41 ERA.
-Domonic Brown finished the night 1-for-3 and was struck on the hand by a pitch. He did remain in the game, so the hand seems OK. His defense is still a bit off in left field as he took an awkward route to a double over his head and missed the cut off man another time. For now though, Charlie Manuel likes his eye and plate discipline. He’s now 6-for-21 with the Phillies so far this year. The power is not yet there for Brown, which is crucial for his full development. They need him to be a power hitter.
-His outfield mate John Mayberry Jr. accounted for the only run for the Phillies, homering to left field in the fourth inning. It was his ninth of the season. Could this be a second-half revival for Mayberry?
Amazingly depressing tweet from John Finger of CSNPhilly.com below. The score held: