Hunter Pence's brutal three-base error with two outs in the third led to a five-run inning and seemingly took the wind from the Phillies' sails in a 6-3 loss. The losing streak has hit its longest point in 11 years.
Beerleaguer: Now it's getting stupid. Now the Phils probably need to bag a couple of wins for their own sakes, and I think they will because the rotation is built to stop losing streaks. Positives: 10 hits and a handful of hard-hit balls for outs, but you can see they're also pressing offensively. Cole Hamels gave them seven solid innings early. And Mike Stutes looked good in the second game. Really, the pitchers who are worth a damn have been sharp lately. Negatives: First off, some of these call-ups are totally useless and I'd just as soon send them away and get back to business. David Herndon takes the loss and well he should with a pair of walks in the frame. Herdon isn't a good pitcher and I don't think there's room for him on the postseason roster. But more than anything, it's these errors that have burned the Phils, and Pence's drop is as bad as they've had all season.
Loss No. 8 is all on Pence, because Herndon gets through his inning, Kyle Kendrick starts fresh in the fourth and the Phils carry a different approach the rest of the game.