John Lannan was awful before exiting with a knee injury and the offense went quietly once again as the Phillies lost to the Braves on Wednesday, 6-3.
Lannan pitched terribly and it seems like it was injury-induced. The lefty threw five three-ball counts, three walks, 23 strikes, 22 balls, allowed four hits and five runs in 1 1/3 innings. Lannan was visibly upset, covering his mouth with his glove as he apprised the coaching staff and team trainer about the injury before being relieved.
With the losses mounting, silver linings and youth development have become the highlights of the Phils’ second half. Domonic Brown was that Wednesday night, clubbing his 27th home run — a two-run shot in the sixth inning — while going 3 for 4. Darin Ruf also skied a solo homer in the ninth for his seventh of the season.
The loss is the Phillies’ (53-67) 19th in their last 23 games.
Keep an eye on …
Roy Halladay and Jonathan Pettibone. Both pitchers make rehab starts on Thursday — Halladay (shoulder surgery) with the club’s Gulf Coast League team and Pettibone (shoulder strain) with Double A Reading.
According to CSNPhilly.com's Jim Salisbury, GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said Halladay may need just one more rehab appearance after Thursday’s start if all goes well and could rejoin the Phillies’ rotation in the final week of August.
And just when you thought it couldn’t get worse, it probably will when the Phillies welcome the Dodgers to Citizens Bank Park for three games this weekend. Entering Wednesday, Los Angeles was 69-50 and 39-8 since June 22, which is the best 47-game run in baseball since the Giants went 39-8 in 1951.
Here are the probable pitching matchups:
Friday — Zack Greinke (10-3, 3.21) vs. Cliff Lee (10-5, 3.18)
Saturday — Clayton Kershaw (11-7, 1.88) vs. Kyle Kendrick (10-9, 4.48)
Sunday — Ricky Nolasco (9-9, 3.62) vs. Cole Hamels (5-13, 3.65)