Adam Eaton allowed three runs over seven innings, but it wasn't enough as the Phillies managed just two solo home runs and five hits in a 3-2 loss to Arizona.
The Phillies have now lost four of their last five and are in danger of finishing their 10-game road trip 3-7. Charlie Manuel's team must turn it around, but the harsh truth is they may not have enough team-wide talent to kick it in gear.
The holes were exposed last night in the seventh inning when Adam Eaton hit for himself. After the game, Manuel suggested it would have been nice to have more bullpen options when answering questions as to why he kept the bat in Eaton's hands to drive in the go-ahead run with runners on the corners. Aside from Eaton being a decent hitting pitcher, the truth is Manuel doesn't have a bullpen, or bench, he can trust.
Another low-scoring loss in the second-straight game Ryan Howard sits raises more questions as to where the talent is coming from. Who is capable of stepping up? Night after night, the lineup is sprayed with marginal or part-time talent, some of it with no business on a Major League team. Perhaps a better manager would get more out of this group. Then again, it might be asking miracles.
As much as any game this season, last night exposed the Phillies for what they are: a marginal baseball team, one that could conceivably struggle to finish with more than 81 wins.