Phillies Lose Seventh Straight; Fall To Orioles, 4-0

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Seven is not the Phillies lucky number.  The Phils lost their seventh straight game tonight against the Orioles, 4-0.  More notably is the fact the team hasn’t score a run since the eighth inning of Saturday’s game against the Pirates; stretching the streak to 21 consecutive innings.

Phillies starter Aaron Harang suffered his eighth loss of the season against Orioles pitcher Wei-Yin Chen.  Harang kept the game close until the sixth inning when Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters broke the game open with a three-run home run.   Wieters blast brought the Orioles to a 4-0 lead that they would never lose.

The Phillies offense continues to struggle.  They were only able to muster four hits against the Orioles.  The Phils only collected one extra base hit; a double off of the bat of Cesar Hernandez. Chase Utley and Cody Asche were the only two other Phillies to reach base this evening.

The only true sign of any life from the Phillies came from Maikel Franco, but not his bat.  After not being happy with some strike calls, Franco unleashed against home plate umpire Eric Cooper in the seventh inning.  This tirade resulted in the first ejection of Franco’s career.

The Phillies hope to break both their losing streak and scoreless inning streak tomorrow as they face the Orioles again to complete the two-game series.  First pitch is at 7:05 PM in Baltimore.

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