In what’s starting to sound far too much like a broken record, the Phillies (30-41) offense was shut down again in a 3-1 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks (33-39) on Monday afternoon.
Arizona scored three runs off Phillies starter and losing pitcher Jeremy Hellickson (4-6, 4.41 ERA) before an out was even recorded in the game, and that was all they’d need as the Phillies offense wasted the ensuing 27 straight outs without a run allowed by Hellickson and Hector Neris combined. Hellickson’s final line — 7 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 6 K and 0 BB.
Diamondbacks starter and winning pitcher Shelby Miller (2-6, 6.36 ERA) brought his horrendous 7+ ERA into Citizens Bank Park, but the Phillies couldn’t solve him as he tossed his best outing of the season. The only run came from a Tyler Goeddel RBI double in the 2nd, and Miller responded by mowing down 14 straight Phillies while pitching into the 7th inning. The Phillies had a chance with two men on in the 7th, but Jimmy Paredes casually flied out to end that threat.
They made it interesting again in the bottom of the 9th after a nice slide into first base for a leadoff single from Odubel Herrera, followed by Andres Blanco reaching on an error by SS Nick Ahmed. Once again, the chance was squandered as Tommy Joseph promptly grounded into a double play, Cameron Rupp struck out, and just like that the ballgame was over.
- 6-24 record since spending a few sweet hours essentially tied for the division lead just a little over a month ago. 13.5 games back now.
- Per CSN, it was the first homestand of six or more games in which the Phillies failed to get a win since 1964. The Phillies averaged just 1.5 runs per game over the six games.
- Just 1-8 with RISP on Monday and only six hits. Goeddel the only Phillie with multiple hits (two).
- Last in the league now in runs, BA, and OBP now, among some other offensive stats I’m sure. Needless to say the offense has become a very serious problem.
The Phillies will try to shake things up in Minnesota on Tuesday, where they’ll open up a three-game series with the Twins, owners of MLB’s worst record. Aaron Nola (5-6, 3.51 ERA) takes the hill, opposed by Minnesota’s Tyler Duffey (2-6, 5.56 ERA). First pitch is set for 8:10 p.m. EDT.