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Phils drop first two vs Washington, old habits continue

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Franco had another good game last night, as most of the Phils have been quiet so far

The Phillies dropped the first two games since they have been back from the All-Star Game, last night it was the bullpen who couldn’t hang on in the 9th – Hector Neris with his 3rd blown save of the season and his 4th loss of the year. It couldn’t have come at a worse time for this team, they really needed this win to build their confidence up.

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Soto put a ball into the stands to ruin the Phils chance (unless they answered in the 9th) to win last night

The Nationals were 1-9 with RISP last night, they were in a position to lose this game to the Phillies. The game did see the Phils play a little better but then in the end the game is lost to the bullpen. Again exposing that this bullpen can’t seem to hold a lead.

The night before, the Phils got blanked, 4-0 in the return to the diamond. So it’s back to the grind for this team, and the things that have vexed them before the All-Star Break have continued. The team is now 47-45 on the year, and they are 8.5 GB from the first place Atlanta Braves.

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Andy MacPhail is not Pat Gillick, that is for sure

Will the Phillies go out and spend for the trade deadline? That all sounds like it’s not going to happen with the interview that Phillies team President, Andy MacPhail, said upon the Phillies return. His reasoning that the Phils as of the day of the interview would be in the playoffs but only for a 1-game playoff. Talk about being optimistic for the future? That was one of the dumbest things I think I’ve ever heard come out of the mouth of  Phillies upper management.

So, we’re probably going to go to the trade deadline without making any significant deals for this team to get better. So, the season could be a tough watch going forward. It kind of doesn’t sit too well that management thinks that everything is just rosy from a perspective of how this team is doing.

Ticket sales are up this season, and that is the goal of a ballclub, so maybe it’s a situation of the Phillies just going with the flow now that the fans seem to be back behind this team. Things won’t change until the fans get vocal, and perhaps stop showing up at the ballpark supporting the moves that are in place.

Ryan Howard’s official retirement is today at CBP, hard to believe, his career seemed to go by so fast, as did others of the 2008 World Series champs team. A big celebration is going on at the ballpark prior to the game. It just seemed like a couple seasons ago that we had one of the best starting rotations in baseball, along with the Howitzer, Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, and of course Jimmy Rollins and the rest of the Phillies that did their part to get to the World Series.

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