Eight straight. That is how many games the Philadelphia Phillies have now dropped and there doesn’t seem to be an immediate band-aid to solve any of their issues. Now, just 1.5 games ahead of the New York Mets, the Phillies hold the longest losing streak in the current MLB standings.
Jhonny Peralta’s grand slam capped an eight-run sixth inning to send the Phillies to back-to-back sweeps. The Phillies also made three errors and also walked three batters in the same inning.
The Tigers overcame Miguel Cabrera and Jim Leyland being ejected in the third while arguing with base refs while the bases were loaded. Through the three-game series, Detroit outscored Philadelphia 24-5 on their way to sweeping the Phils.
By the time Jacob Diekman took the mound, the Phillies had already surrendered a 3-0 lead. He allowed a leadoff walk to Andy Dirks, he made a wild throw to second for an error when Alex Avila bunted. Ramon Santiago’s bunt (single) loaded the bases, and after Austin Jackson’s flyout to shallow right field, Don Kelly’s flyball to left was dropped by rookie Steve Susdorf for yet another error. Kelly was credited with a sacrifice fly, the Tigers never looked back taking a 4-3 lead with the bases still loaded.
Luis Garcia came in for Diekman, and faced Matt Tuiasosopo, who entered the game earlier for Cabrera, first and drew a walk to force in a run. Prince Fielder followed with a grounder to first, however, Darin Ruf’s made a bad throw home forcing the third error.
Victor Martinez’s bases-loaded walk made it 7-3, Peralta inserted the dagger with his 10th homer of the year and fourth career grand slam. Each of Detroit’s eight runs in the inning were unearned.
Philadelphia is 10.5 games behind the NL East leader Atlanta Braves and 2.5 behind the Washington Nationals. The next take on the San Francisco Giants whose season isn’t going much better. They’ll be looking to dig themselves out of last place in the NL West while the Phillies hope to add to the Giants three-game losing streak.