Philadelphia was swept over the weekend in Atlanta to open a six-game road trip, managing just three runs, 19 hits and 20 strikeouts in the three games. The last-place Phillies managed only six hits in a 4-0 loss on Sunday.
There were plenty of culprits for the lost weekend. Leadoff hitter Jimmy Rollins was 2-for-12, Bobby Abreu was 1-for-7 and even Pat Burrell, who came in hitting .333, was 1-for-9 over the three games to drop to .304.
Philadelphia got a runner to third base just once Sunday.
“That’s as bad as we can be,” Rollins said. “If we play any worse, then this will be a really long season.”
Making matters worse, Burrell—who has a team-high 20 RBI—left the game in the fourth inning due to discomfort in his right groin.
“He’s hurting. He’ll definitely miss tomorrow,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said.
The Phillies showed some frustration in Sunday’s loss in which Jim Thome struck out three times. Manuel was ejected in the fourth inning for arguing after the umpires overturned an apparent infield hit by Burrell.
Washington ended a three-game losing streak with an 11-4 win over the New York Mets on Sunday. Brad Wilkerson homered and had four hits and Vinny Castilla went 4-for-5 as the Nationals banged out 17 hits.
“It was a win we needed badly,” Nationals manager Frank Robinson said. “The momentum was going down. We were not in a very good state of mind.”
First baseman Nick Johnson extended his hitting streak to a career-high 14 games with a pair of hits on Sunday. Johnson is batting .314 (16-for-51) during his run and has reached base in all 19 games for Washington.
“I’m just trying to get on base and continue finding ways to get good pitches,” Johnson said. “I’m really trying to get good pitches and good swings, and put the ball in play.”