Anybody watching the Phillies today?
No? Good. Because in Sunday's 11-2 loss to the Nationals in Washington there really wasn't anything to see. Or, at least, nothing to get anyone excited.
Dom Brown, starting in his first game since the end of August because of a sore Achilles, summed up the afternoon perfectly.
“Excuse my French, but we got our ass whooped,” Brown told reporters at Nationals Park. “It was tough on us. It felt like everything we were throwing they weren’t missing. It’s tough when a team does that.”
Brown is right about that. No matter which pitcher manager Ryne Sandberg brought in, the Nats pummeled him. Starter Tyler Cloyd took the brunt of the damage, allowing five runs on 10 hits in four innings. The bullpen, which had been very good lately, gave up six runs in the last four innings on eight hits.
If its any consolation, the Phillies' pitchers only allowed one walk.
One has to wonder if Cloyd will get another start in the coming weeks given that he's allowed 12 runs on 19 hits in eight innings over his last two starts. Then again, who else is there?
Fortunately (or unfortunately), the Phillies don't go head-to-head with the Eagles again this season. The Eagles play on Thursday night against Kansas City when the Phillies are off, and then they play the Broncos at 4:25 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 29. The Phillies' season should be all wrapped up in Atlanta by kickoff on the 29th.