They can't hit, and now the Phillies' starters are getting shelled. Roy Halladay, who had allowed just three homers all season, surrendered three last night alone in a depressing 8-3 loss to the Yankees.
Summary: Halladay, who jawed with home-plate umpire Lance Barksdale all night, allowed six runs on eight hits and two walks in his worst start against the Yankees since 2000. The Yankees got their runs off Halladay with a pair of solo shots, a two-run triple and a two-run homer, later adding a two-run seeing-eye single off David Herndon after Antonio Bastardo loaded the bases, putting the game well out of reach. Offensively, Chase Utley led the soft attack with a pair of singles; all five of the Phillies' hits were singles, four of them coming in a three-run spurt in the fourth inning. They went hitless over the final four frames.
Beerleaguer: There was a time, not long ago, when the Phillies would have made a game out of this, back when rousing comebacks were a nightly occurrence. But the lights have gone out on the drama, too, along with the circus-act offense. One factor is they have too many understudies in over their heads, guys like Juan Castro, who has overstayed his welcome. Of course, there is nothing the Phils can do until Jimmy Rollins returns, and if that doesn't work, well, maybe it wasn't meant to be.
Even if J-Roll can ignite the bat rack, are they healthy enough for a 162-game push, plus another postseason? What about the pitching? What about the bullpen and guys like Bastardo and Herndon, who may have bitten off more than they can chew? And do the Phillies have the flexibility to help themselves in July, considering their budget and shallow depth in the minor leagues?
Here's how one reporter painted the scene after the game: "And after Game 62 was in the books, Charlie Manuel looked as dejected as he's been all season. Very subdued."
Getting humbled by the Yankees, Red Sox, Braves and Mets over a 25-game nosedive will do that to a guy.