The Phillies could only muster 1 run against the Pittsburgh Pirates last night in Pittsburgh. Pirates fans had reason to be happy last night as they beat the Phillies 2-1 in 12 innings.
The Phillies offensive production is looking like it may be in a drought again as the Phils struggled to do anything offensively last night. It could be the beginning of another stretch of trouble, or it could be just a bump in the road. That is the frustrating thing about this season so far is you just don’t know what you’re going to get from the Phillies on any given game.
The Pirates struggles over the years have been well documented. According to Cot’s Baseball Contracts, the Pirates have a payroll of about $42 million dollars this year for the team. It doesn’t stop the Pirates from playing and winning though. The Phillies are at a payroll of $166 million but you wouldn’t know that watching last night’s game.
This game Howard, Ibanez, Victorino, and Ruiz all combined produced 0 hits. You just can’t win baseball games this way. We’re seeing a lot of good games by the Aces being wasted this year. Charlie Manuel has got to be frustrated with this, as the Phils players just can’t seem to make contact. The Phillies pitchers seem to be batting better than the regulars on nights like this. There is no reasonable explanation for the lack of hitting. It’s basically putting the bat on the ball and getting on base, but the Phillies have struggled mightily at doing this basic part of baseball again.