The Phils were lifeless on Sunday, losing to the Dodgers, 6-1. Charlie Manuel's crew was one out away from being shut out for the eighth time this season, and with the defeat, the Phillies have slipped to a season-high 9 1/2 games back of first place in the NL East.
The Phillies (39-44) ended up losing three of four games to the Dodgers (38-43).
It's quite clear that Friday's outburst was an aberration. In the Phillies' two losses that followed, they went 1 for 16 with runners in scoring position and scored four runs, two on solo shots from Chase Utley and another on a throwing error by Matt Kemp. The 16 runs on Friday marked the first time all season that the Phillies plated double-digit runs in a game.
Along with the offense, Kyle Kendrick had a rough afternoon. At the plate, Kendrick was hit in the head by a pitch in the sixth inning, and according to CSNPhilly.com's Jim Salisbury, the righty was diagnosed with a mild concussion after the game and will undergo tests on Monday.
From the mound, iffy calls on a pair of stolen bases by the Dodgers led to a rocky fourth inning for Kendrick. Los Angeles swiped second base twice in the fourth frame, but on both attempts, it appeared Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez slid past the bag and looked out after Jimmy Rollins reapplied the tag. However, second base umpire Dale Scott thought otherwise. The inning then snowballed into a five-hit, three-run frame for Kendrick.
The Dodgers would later tack on, while the Phillies never got going.
The Phillies are 3-4 on their current 10-game road trip and it could end substantially worse. That's because they now travel to Pittsburgh to take on the team with baseball's best record in the Pirates (51-30).
That last sentence wasn't a typo. Pittsburgh has won nine straight games and are 28-13 at home this season. The Phillies, on the other hand, are 20-26 on the road and 4-8 in Pittsburgh over the past four seasons.
Here are the probable pitching matchups for the three-game series:
Tuesday -- Jonathan Pettibone (3-3, 4.17) vs. Jeff Locke (7-1, 2.06)
Wednesday -- John Lannan (1-2, 4.83) vs. Jeanmar Gomez (2-0, 2.76)
Thursday -- Cole Hamels (2-11, 4.58) vs. Gerrit Cole (4-0, 3.70)