The Phils can't hit when it counts? Join the club.
The hometown nine is stuck in one of those ruts where they can't buy a big hit. In their three latest losses 4 for 31 with runners in scoring position. On the season, they're .259/.326/.377 hitters with RISP, which is actually rather close - if not slightly above - the National League average.
Notes: Beerleaguer is still thinking about Cliff Lee's disappointing start in Sunday's rubber match with the Red Sox. At some point, we'd like to see Lee nail down a meaningful win this season. … John Mayberry Jr. is all kinds of out of sorts. In addition to the crazy tentative base running Monday night, he's striking out a ton; these are bad habits resurfacing from his days as a Quad-A tweener. … Kyle Kendrick took the loss Monday, but it was his best performance of the season; he actually outpitched Gio Gonzalez to a certain degree. Raul Valdes also made an impressive showing in two innings of relief. ... Finally, the biggest thing the Phillies need right now is one of their few impact hitters - Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino, Hunter Pence - to get red hot. Rollins, however, will be out up to 72 hours on paternity leave and is expected to miss the rest of the series.