Jason Giambi's three-run homer off replacement starter Kyle Kendrick in the first opened a three-homer, seven-RBI night for the slugging veteran as the floundering, weak-hitting Phils suffered one of their worst losses of the season. Readers weighed in on the 7-1 defeat.
"What a waste of three hours. Seems like losing Vic was the final nail in the coffin for this offense. He's the one and only guy in the lineup who can beat you multiple different ways -- with power, with speed, by getting on base -- and he was also one of the very few who was having a decent month. When he went down, our offense went from below average, but capable of scrapping out three runs, to spectacularly awful and completely incapable of winning any game where the starting pitcher throws anything less than a masterpiece." - bay_area_phan
"Man this offense stinks. Nothing positive from them in over a week. Power outage continues (39 consecutive innings without a HR since Mayberry's shot in the 6th on Sunday), not stringing together any kind of hits, and not walking and working counts. Just moribund. Literally, if there is a three-run jack like Giambi hit in the 1st tonight this team doesn't have a chance of coming back." - MG
Phillies fun facts: Giambi's three homers matches what the Phils have produced since last Wednesday, and his seven RBIs is more total runs than the Phils have scored in four games.
Tomorrow: Wilson Valdez leads the Phillies' potent offensive attack into an interleague showdown with C.J. Wilson and the Rangers.
Blanton, Victorino heading to DL: Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that Shane Victorino and Joe Blanton are likely going to the DL. Colleague Leslie Gudel tweets that Dom Brown will not be called up. Formal announcements are expected tomorrow.