Tim Redding and the Nationals' bullpen combined for a 4-0 shutout, as the Phillies, who went 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position, drop their third straight game for the first time this season.
Good fortune has been on the Phillies’ side for most of the season, as the club emerged victorious in a number of tight contests and comeback victories. But lately, a listless offense has shepherded the yang to April’s ying. They’re 4 for 32 with runners in scoring position during the last three games, according to the Inquirer. Redding, who still appears utterly hittable to the naked eye, is responsible for leading the opposition in the second shutout against the Phils this season.
On the mound, the outing qualifies as a quality start for Brett Myers, but applying that term feels like grasping at straws, especially against a very weak Nationals club. His improvement in velocity appears marginal at best and he’s still missing his spots. Here’s what readers took away from a poor night at Nationals Park:
“Have they at least entertained the notion of giving Myers a physical, or is everyone going to just keep going along thinking it's perfectly normal that he's lost 7-8 MPH off his fastball from one year to the next? Is long-tossing between starts really going to make that difference to get that velocity back? This is like watching Freddy Garcia all over again.” -- RSB
“It seems to me when your big guys are slumping, as Burrell & Uts are right now, the last thing you need is an automatic out in your lineup. Dobbs should start vs. all RHP.” -- Clout
“The problem with this lineup right now is that it has just enough guys who are struggling that they can't piece anything together. Burrell has come back to earth this month a bit and Howard's 5 HRs cover up the fact that he is still been horrendous at the plate. Howard is somehow on pace to K more than the 37 he had last month. Pretty hard to believe.” – MG
Real Deal demoted to Double-A: Organization-wide, you won’t fine anyone performing worse than right-hander J.D. Durbin, who stank in spring training and carried it over into the season. The 26-year-old, who was given a definite opportunity to make the club out of spring training, went 0-5 with a 9.42 ERA in nine appearances for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He appeared in 18 games for the Phils last season, starting 10 games and going 6-5 with a 5.15 ERA – pitching nearly as many innings as Myers, if you can believe it. Beat writer Mike Drago provided the report this morning and writes there is no word on whether he will be used as a starter or reliever.