On the surface, it might appear that the Phillies were done in by one bad inning on Wednesday night. After all, they suffered a 7-2 loss at Citizens Bank Park and the visiting Colorado Rockies scored all of their runs in one hellacious burst in the third inning (see Instant Replay). But there was more to the loss than just one poor inning by starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson. The Phillies came to the plate in nine innings against the Rockies pitchers and managed hits in only two of them while finishing the game with just three. It was the third time in the last four games — all losses — that the Phillies have mustered just three (expletive deleted) hits. Through the first seven innings in this
Surprise: The pitching performance of the night belonged not to the AL ace on the cusp of history (more on Chris Sale below) but to a Colorado Rockies pitcher with a 5.09 ERA entering Wednesday. Tyler Chatwood tossed seven scoreless innings, allowed one hit and struck out eight on a dreary evening at Citizens Bank Park where nothing went right for the spiraling Phillies—not even the Phanatic’s attempts at lightening the mood. Yes, Colorado was a popular sleeper pick before the season.
It’s nice to see that once the little girl was returned to her mother, she seemed mesmerized, not terrified, by the furry behemoth. Perhaps the infant should have been more frightened by yet another loss, as the Phillies went down to the Rockies by a score of 7-2. Speaking of which, is there any video out there emblematic of the Phillies’ nightmare start to the 2017 MLB season? The team is now 15-29, the worst record in the majors, and are mired in a 4-20 slump. Phillies fans, adult and otherwise, arguably should be crying, too. Moving on, the Phillie Phanatic without question is of course one of the most iconic professional sports mascots out there, beloved by Phillies fans for decades. But