Tonight's loss can be pinned on two areas: Jamie Moyer struggled with his command and the offense decided to take the night off against a pitcher they should have handled.
Moyer allowed four early runs set up by the fact that he couldn't find the zone. To his credit, he settled in and started making some pitches, but with a depleted bullpen, Charlie Manuel asked a six-inning starter to pitch into the seventh and was burned for a couple of more, putting this game out of reach. There's really no other choice but for Moyer to start hitting his spots, or the situation in the 'pen will continue to unravel. And just so we're clear, because there seems to be confusion: Moyer isn't going anywhere, so they'll need to deal with this.
Moving to the offense, which has not been the fluid, well-oiled machine we've been hearing about, even during that 7-3 roadtrip. The execution and approach against Scott Richmond, who matched a season-high 11 strikeouts against this offense using the same basic pitch, was an insult to fans who came out to watch this 13-18 home team in the rain. Even when they still in striking distance, there was no desire to work a count, reach base and get something started. Chalk up another home series loss, too; the only series wins have come against the Nationals, and the last one occurred in late April. You'd need to hop on a plane somewhere to see good baseball from this club.
The Phils are a very good team, but fall into predictable patterns, and this series could be spotted from miles away. Up a couple games, in June, you just knew they'd let off the gas following high-profile series in Los Angeles, New York and against Boston.