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Phillies struggle in the desert

Written by Tony Ghaul

For the second straight game, Phillies got blown out by the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Diamondbacks beat the Phillies 12-3 last night and came back from a 7-0 deficit to defeat the Phillies 13-7. They have outscored the Phillies, 25-3, in the last 14 innings, and have out-hit them, 27-4.

This is all very concerning, as the Phillies are in the midst of a playoff push. Starting pitcher Aaron Nola’s awful performance is even more concerning. Nola’s September struggles are well known. He allowed eight earned runs on 10 hits.

In the month of September, Nola sports a 9-14 record and a 4.60 ERA in 33 starts. Until he can conquer his late-season demons the dark cloud of September will always hang over his head.

The loss left the Phillies at 72-58. With 32 games left, they still control the NL’s second wild-card spot, but they’ve lost three in a row and their lead over San Diego is just a half-game. The Phils’ lead over Milwaukee for the third and final wild-card spot is at three games. The Phils do hold tiebreakers over both the Padres and Brewers.

It seems as though Arizona is the new Miami in terms of it being a house of horrors for the Phillies. They are now 2-12 in their last 14 ballgames at Chase Field.

Hopefully next year, there won’t be any late season games in the desert to have to play.

photo courtsey of the Philadelphia Inquirer

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Tony Ghaul