It was bound to happen. Only a matter of time.
For the fourth time this season, the Phillies have lost back-to-back games. The Phillies had gone a club-record 45 games without losing two in a row. Amazing.
Last time they had done that was a four-game losing streak, May 31 through June 4. The June 3-4 games were in Pittsburgh and the Pirates are at Citizens Bank Park this weekend. At home, the Phillies had lost consecutive games only one other time this year, back in April to Milwaukee.
The Phillies streak of winning nine straight series also ended Thursday night in the loss to SF. Last series they lost, June 17-19, in Seattle. A nine-series winning streak at Citizens Bank Park also ended. The Braves were the last to win a series here, May 6-8.
The Giants’ pitching continues to stymie the Phillies hitters. Good news: Giants left town. Not so good news: Phillies play them four times in SF starting next Thursday night.
With the trading deadline at 4 p.m. Sunday, Pat Gillick, Chuck LaMar and Charley Kerfeld are at Citizens Bank Park this week.
Down On The Farm
Polly was 0-2 with an intentional walk in a rehab start at Lehigh Valley, a 2-1 loser to Pawtucket . . . RHS Austin Hyatt (10-5) became the third 10-game winner in the Phillies minor leagues as Reading won, 6-1, in New Hampshire. 1B Matt Rizzotti hit his 25th double and 19th home run . . . RHS Jarred Cosart tossed 7 scoreless innings in Clearwater’s 3-1 win over Bradenton . . . Lakewood lost, 10-5, at West Virginia . . . LHP Austin Wright (3-1) allowed 1 hit and 1 run in 5 innings as Williamsport beat Vermont, 5-1, in a game called after 5.2 innings by rain . . . Gulf Coast League Phillies beat the Braves, 5-1. 1B Michael Marshall hit his first pro homer.