The Phillies were shut out for the fourth time this year losing Tuesday night to the Pirates 2-0. In perspective, the Phillies were only shut seven times all of 2012. Cole Hamels pitched 8 strong innings allowing 2 runs while striking out 6 and walking only 1 batter. Hamels’ counterpart, left-hander Jeff Locke pitched 6 shutout innings of 2 hit baseball making the Phillies offense look feeble which is not hard to do these days.
That’s not saying the Phillies did not have their chances to score. They wasted a leadoff triple by John Mayberry Jr. in the fourth by running on contact with no outs on a Ben Revere ground ball. It was said in the post-game press conference that it was Charlie’s decision to run on contact in that situation which I wholeheartedly disagree with. Then with 1 out and Domonic Brown on second and Ben Revere on first, Erik Kratz hits into an inning-ending double play to thwart the Phillies threat.no comments