The Phils fell in walk-off fashion for the second time in as many games after the offense couldn't smother the Orioles early, the defense gave away outs, Cliff Lee made another costly mistake and the bullpen couldn't outlast the opposition.
Beerleaguer: Borrowing from Chris Wheeler, who said on the postgame show there's nowhere to hide in baseball. The game has a cruel way of finding and exploiting weakness. That's the moral of the story this weekend in Baltimore where the Orioles lanced through all the chinks in the Phillies' armor. Ty Wigginton and Mike Fontenot were exposed as the replacements they are. The inexperience in the bullpen showed, although Michael Schwimer's three innings Sunday were a revelation, as were Chad Qualls' shutout innings on Saturday. The Phils also had ample opportunity to gash Jason Hammel for many more runs and let him off the hook.
Lee can only blame himself for missing out on his first win. Here's another guy, like Doc, who hasn't been quite the same, though the numbers, sans wins, may suggest otherwise. His breaking ball has less break and he's missing his spots more than we're accustomed to seeing. When he misses, he's out and over the plate and extremely beatable.
Getting burned by the longball is an old favorite of the Phils and it's returned in full force. The Phils rank among the league leaders in taters surrendered - 14 out of 16 National League teams to be exact - and as David Hale points out in his last day on the beat, they're on pace to eclipse last year's total by 43.
Losses attributable to the bullpen is another Beerleaguer returning favorite. And although rookies BJ Rosenberg and Joe Savery were put in sink or swim situations this week, they're still members of the 'pen and represent the best available options, at least for the short term.