- A.J. Burnett wasn’t very good tonight, allowing six runs on 10 hits through just five innings.
- Burnett was spotted a two-run lead in the second inning, but quickly spit it back up by allowing four to score in the bottom half of the inning.
- The Phillies offense managed just six hits, but they were still able to put up four runs thanks to some timely hits.
- Cody Asche got the first run of the night on the board with a sac fly in the second.
- Cameron Rupp followed Asche with an RBI single.
- Ryan Howard came up with a two-run single in the sixth that made it a two-run game for the remainder of the night.
- Ben Revere went 0-4 at the top of the order.
- Jimmy Rollins went 0-2 with two walks.
- Grady Sizemore started in left, and went 2-4.
- Jeff Manship threw a scoreless sixth inning.
- Antonio Bastardo worked a clean inning in the seventh.
- Justin De Fratus pitched a scoreless eighth.
As the losses continue to pile up, there’s a lot of negative things to discuss about the Phillies.
But I want to focus on a couple of small positives tonight, just to change things up a bit.
Ryan Howard needed a good start to the second half of the season badly, and he was able to do that tonight with his two-run single. The cleanup hitter has been a large disappointment this season, and the team needs to see some signs that there’s still some magic in his bat.
Grady Sizemore actually hasn’t been a disaster of a free-agent signing. Sizemore has picked up hits in all of his appearances with the Phillies, and is currently riding a four-game hitting streak.
Cameron Rupp has proven to be a serviceable catcher, starting the majority of game in place of Carlos Ruiz. Rupp has six RBI’s in his last 10 games. That’s pretty decent production out a third-string catcher.