Falling down the slippery slope of meaningless games

Phils starter Vance Worley pitches in what could be his last start of the 2011 season before making the switch to the bull pen. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

It’s really hard to gauge if this recent string of play from the Phillies is something worry about or if it will all go away once October baseball starts.

Whatever it is, the Phillies have lost for the fifth straight time, a first in 16 months. The score was 7-5 and the result was the same as it was this past weekend: disappointing.

Vance Worley took the mound for the Phillies, scattering four runs in six innings of work. He allowed six hits, three walks and struck out four.

Worley held a 3-2 lead heading into the 6th but Danny Espinosa tapped him for a two-run bomb to give the Nats a permanent lead.

Ben Francisco had a three-hit game for the Phils while getting the rare start. John Mayberry also had three hits, capped off with a two-run bomb in the 8th inning. Raul Ibanez’s two hits gave the Phillies outfield an eight-hit performance.

HR: Mayberry (15).

WP: Lannan (10-13). LP: Worley (11-3). S: Rodriguez (1).



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