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Phillies Spoil Strong Start, Fall to Braves

Posted By Matt LaCoille On Jul 7 2012 @ 11:40 pm In Philadelphia Phillies | No Comments

Any time you feel like the Phillies are getting something together, they always seem to find a way to ruin it. Despite a second inning home run from Braves catcher Brian McCann, the Phillies hit up Braves’ ace Tommy Hanson for a quick three runs, for what seemed to be a good start to today’s game. Unfortunately, the Phillies fell back into their losing ways dropping their last nine of ten, despite getting the pair of all-stars in Ryan Howard and Chase Utley back into the lineup.

Tommy Hanson, excluding his poor start, pitched extremely well into the eighth inning to pick up the win for the Braves, as the Phillies could only accumulate scoring through a Juan Pierre double, a Joe Blanton single, and a Jimmy Rollins fielder’s choice. You know your team is struggling when the pitcher outhits most guys in the lineup.

Unfortunately, Blanton only seemed to be able to do it with the bat Saturday night, struggling on the mound going six and one-third innings giving up nine hits and six runs.

Martin Prado and Brian McCann led the Braves with two RBIs each with Michael Bourn adding three hits of his own in the win.

The Phillies fall deeper and deeper into last place in the NL East, and the excuses are becoming less and less reasonable for the struggling team. It is understandable that injuries had hurt the Phillies in the first half of this season, but if those healthy players do not produce during the season half of the season, you can expect major realignment within that Phillies’ clubhouse.

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