The Phillies came into today a bruised and battered baseball team. Losers of their last seven games, most notably a 10-0 drubbing to the Tigers up to that point, they had hoped to salvage today’s game before heading home to Philadelphia.
What occurred today at Comerica Park in Detroit was, in a word, sad. Just plain sad. There’s really no other word to describe it, though it didn’t start out that way.
The Phils, if one could believe it, actually led this game 3-0 at one point. They scored one run in the second, fourth and fifth innings. The Tigers tied it, however, in the bottom of the fifth thanks to an RBI single from Matt Tuiasosopo, and RBI groundouts from Prince Fielder & Victor Martinez.
The bottom of the sixth inning is when the flood gates opened for the game and most likely for the 2013 season.
Jake Diekman replaced started Jonathan Pettibone in the sixth inning, and promptly walked leadoff man Andy Dirks. The next batter was Alex Avila, who grounded the ball right back at Diekman. Attempting to force Dirks out at second, Diekman’s throw hit him as he slid into safely to the bag. Ramon Santiago would hit next, and he laid down a bunt to the right of Diekman. His throw short hopped Kevin Frandsen covering at first, and the bases were loaded with nobody out.
After a fly out by Austin Jackson to short right field, Don Kelly hit what should have been the second out of the inning to left fielder, and recent call up Steven Susdorf. Though seeming to track the ball down, it deflected off the top of his glove for an error, and Dirks scoring from third.
With the bases still loaded and only one out, Charlie Manuel replaced Diekman with Luis Garcia. All he did was walk the next batter, Tuiasosopo, to force in a run and making it 5-3 Detroit. Fielder then stepped up and grounded sharply to Darin Ruf. Ruf attempted to force out Santiago at the plate, but his throw pulled Carlos Ruiz off the plate and Santiago scored the sixth Tiger run.
With the bases still loaded, Martinez then worked a walk to make it 7-3 Tigers. The next hitter was Jhonny Peralta, and he broke the game wide open with a grand slam home run to left field, making it 11-3 in favor of Detroit and sinking any chance at a Phillies comeback.
The Phils would go on to lose the game 12-4, for their eighth straight loss and third straight series loss. The Tigers series was especially troubling, as the Phillies got outscored 24-5 for the series and allowing 10 or more runs in back to back games.
It seemed as though the Phillies had hit the proverbial rock bottom after the 10-0 loss on Saturday night, but it was not to be. A comedy of errors in the sixth inning today, along with a horrid performance by the Philly bullpen, exposed great shortcomings that the team had tried to patch up.
They are now 10.5 games behind Atlanta, pending the outcome of tonight’s game against St. Louis.
They will have Monday off before getting back at it Tuesday night against the San Francisco Giants at Citizens Bank Park.
Stats Courtesy of Phillies.com
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