Aramis Ramirez's homer off Ryan Madson in the bottom of the eighth proved to be the deciding run in a 4-3 loss to the Cubs Friday.
Summary: All four of the Cubs runs came with two outs, included a bases-loaded walk of Ted Lilly by Joe Blanton in the fifth. Lilly held the punchless Phillies to four hits and stuck out 10, part of a 13 strikeout effort by Cubs pitching. The Phils battled all afternoon to string together hits, but all they got were 0-fers (Rollins, Werth, Francisco, Valdez).
Beerleaguer: I said before that the Phils would slowly fall out of the race until Chase Utley returns, and that's exactly what has happened. They're staring at the possibility of falling 6.5 back if the Braves win tonight. It doesn't help that his teammates continue to underachieve in his absence. Can Jayson Werth look any more screwed up at the dish? The Phils needed him to be a central figure with Utley out of lineup, but every time he stands and admires strike three - which is happening almost daily now - it suggests that he'd rather stand in the shadows. Let someone else give him the big contract.
But I digress. Werth, Blanton, the bullpen, Wilson Valdez, the manager. Take your pick, really. The Phils are headed in the wrong direction for countless reasons.