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Home Sweet Nope

After a late inning disappointment last night, the Phillies came into Wednesday night’s game looking to snap a three game losing streak. A.J. Burnett started for the Phils, and turned in what might be his best start of 2014.

After a rain delay early on, play resumed, and both Burnett and Giants’ starter Madison Bumgarner were able to stymie the opposing hitters. Bumgarner allowed five hits to Burnett’s four. Both starters went eight innings, each striking out six. Burnett did have four walks on the night, while Bumgarner did not walk a batter.

There would be no scoring until the ninth inning when Jonathan Papelbon was brought in to keep the game tied. For the second straight night, Pap failed to do his job.

He hit Mike Morse to start the inning, then struck out the next two hitters. He would walk Brandon Crawford intentionally, which brought up pinch hitter Hector Sanchez. Pap would walk him as well.

The next batter was our old buddy Hunter Pence, who has simply killed the Phillies in this series. Pence cleared the bases with a double to right field. Papelbon has now allowed four runs in his last two innings pitched, and his earned run average has jumped up to 1.96.

Just like that the Giants led 3-0, and Burnett’s game was wasted.

The Phillies managed to score a run in the bottom of the ninth, but ultimately lost the game 3-1. They are now 19-32 at Citizens Bank Park this season. They’ve now lost four games in a row, and are in danger of getting swept tomorrow afternoon.

Philadelphia will send Cole Hamels to the mound against Tim Hudson for San Francisco. First pitch will be at 1:05.

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