The Phillies couldn’t manage more then a run from a bases loaded, no outs situation. Their only run came from Placido Polanco working himself a walk.
Runs just don’t seem to come as easy to the Phillies as they used to, but for that matter, runs don’t seem to come as easy for anyone as pitching in the Major Leagues right now is extremely stellar.
In 2009 the Phillies scored 820 runs. (5.06 per game)
In 2010 they dipped to 772. That’s 48 less then the previous year. (4.77 per game)
So far in 2011 the Phillies have scored 242 runs, and are on pace to score 653 for the season. (4.03 per game) That’s a drop of 167 runs in three season. Yikes.
Roy Oswalt wasn’t exactly sharp either. Oswalt hasn’t won a game since April 27th, and he didn’t win it on Tuesday, either. A walk to start the third inning lead to three straight singles, a throwing error, and three runs. The Phillies never caught up.
You can’t exactly say that Oswalt has been bad since returning from the disabled list, because he hasn’t. He’s been the victim of terrible run support.
Wednesday night Cole Hamels (7-2, 2.83 ERA) looks to salvage the series for the Phillies as he opposes Dodgers pitcher Hiroki Kuroda (5-6, 3.16 ERA) who is currently riding a three game losing streak.