There are plenty of reasons to be aggravated following last night's loss, but it's important to keep in mind that the Phillies have been in this spot before.
Over the last five years, the Phillies are 2-3 in Game 2 of the NLDS. And they've only played well in one of those games. A quick look back:
2007: Kyle Kendrick and the Phillies were pounded by the Rockies, 10-5, in Game 2 at Citizens Bank Park. A host of relievers, including unfathomable options Jose Mesa and Clay Condrey, failed to slow Colorado's hit parade. The Phillies were swept out of the playoffs two days later.
2008: The Phillies defeated the Brewers, 5-2, in the classic game where Shane Victorino hit the grand slam off CC Sabathia, shortly after Brett Myers drew a walk against the Milwaukee ace. The Phillies went on to lose Game 3 before winning the series in four.
2009: Cole Hamels and the Phillies lost 5-4 at home to Colorado in Game 2 of the NLDS. There was panic ensuing, to some extent, before the Phils notched a pair of one-run wins at Coors Field to take the series.
2010: The Phillies were very fortunate to escape with a 7-4 win against Cincinnati. Two days after Roy Halladay no-hit the Reds, Roy Oswalt found himself trailing 4-0 going into the bottom of the fifth. That's when things fell apart for the Reds. The Phils came up with some big hits, but Cincinnati made four errors, while their pitchers walked six batters and hit three others. Cole Hamels' gem two days later ended the series in a sweep.
2011: Cliff Lee couldn't hold a 4-0 lead. You know the rest.
I'm not sure what conclusions you can draw from the team generally playing poorly in Game 2 of the NLDS. But looking ahead, Cole Hamels has a history of coming up big when he's needed most, and it'll be interesting to see how Jaime Garcia fares against the Phils' new-look lineup. I don't see any reason to panic ... yet.