Phillies Fall To Nationals, Send Worley To SpecialistBREAKING NEWS, News, Phillies Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012
Just three days ago, it seemed as though the Phillies were moving in the right direction. They had just beaten the Boston Red Sox to win their sixth straight game, and their mediocre offense had been finding ways to consistently score more than three runs a game.
Three days later, the Phillies have dropped three straight games, and have once again fallen below the .500 mark. The latest loss came on Monday at the hands of Gio Gonzalez and the Washington Nationals by a score of 2-1.
The Phillies wasted a solid starting performance by Kyle Kendrick, who gave up only two runs on five hits in seven innings of work. The righthander did more than enough to win the game, but was the latest pitcher on the Philadelphia staff to fall victim to a lack of run support.
The offense had their opportunities to score off of Gonzalez and the Washington pitching staff, but failed in every opportunity to come up with a big hit. The meat of the order (Hunter Pence, Carlos Ruiz, and John Mayberry) left seven, five, and four runners on base respectively, and the team as a whole stranded 21 on the night.
Pence, one of the most guilty parties of the night, failed to come through despite multiple opportunities to drive in runs. In the third inning, the rightfielder grounded out with the bases loaded to retire the side. In the sixth inning, he had runners at second and third with no outs, but couldn’t get a run home. Then with runners at first and second with one out in the eighth inning, the former Astro produced a nice-and-easy pop up to third base.
Pence has had a rough start to the season, and hasn’t responded well to the pressure of filling Ryan Howard’s shoes in the four-hole, but he’s got to do better than what he’s done so far.
Before the game, the Phillies sent out some troubling news regarding pitcher Vance Worley. They sent the righthander to Dr. James Andrews to examine the inflammation in his elbow that resulted in his trip to the disabled list. Though the team says the visit was simply precautionary, its hard to take the Phillies at their word regarding injuries. If Worley’s problem becomes more serious, the team’s interest in bringing back Roy Oswalt could increase dramatically.
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