The Phillies lost 15-1 today against the Braves, dropping a spectacularly incompetent streak with a game in which Sean Rodriguez was the only Phillies pitcher to allow no races. Instead of Jake Arrieta, the Phillies opted for a game of wrestlers and were completely whistled by the most capable team – and eager – to bury him in the standings.
The triumvirate of Vince Velasquez (2.1 IP, 4 h, 4 ER), Cole Irvin (3.2 IP, 9 H, 6 ER) and Jerad Eickhoff (1.0 IP, 6 H, 5 ER) was totally exceeded by a Braves offense with no real weakness at the moment, and in hindsight, no chance to prepare the Phillies for a playoff win, especially with the composition contributing to a grand total of six (6) hits that day.
I'd like to scream at the clouds here about the injuries that led to Andrew Knapp, Maikel Franco and Nick Williams, who all started today, but Knapp and Franco combined to provide a third of the Phillies offense .
They finished the weekend with 2.5 games in first place with 23 more consecutive games against division opponents, including three more in Atlanta in early July. This series of games will take them to the break of the stars, a time when the needs that were fully exposed in this series should probably be addressed.