Dead Men Walking: Phillies lose again, this time to the Cubs, 6-3 final
Time is officially running out for the Philadelphia Phillies. Last night, the final stand for the Phillies began against a very bad Chicago Cubs baseball team. The Phillies had the chance to gain some ground yesterday, but as usual, failed to do so, losing to the Cubs 6-3. There are only 18 games remaining in the 2021 regular season and the Phillies are an even 72-72 in the standings. They remain 4.5 games back of the Atlanta Braves and are now 3 games out of the second and final Wild Card Spot.
Just to avoid another typical .500 season that we have become accustomed to over the last decade, the Phillies will have to end the season with a record of 10-8. Highly unlikely given how horrible they have played over the last few weeks.
Through four innings last night, Kyle Gibson looked incredible. He retired the first 12 batters he faced and was chasing perfection with a 1-0 lead thanks to a leadoff home run from Odubel Herrera in the first inning.
From there, Gibson ran into some trouble. The Cubs hit back-to-back home runs in the fifth inning to give them a 3-1 lead and Rafael Ortega hit an RBI double to extend their lead to 4-1.
The Phillies would fight back, thanks to a Bryce Harper double in the bottom of the sixth to score Jean Segura. Didi Gregorius would then single to score Harper and cut the Phillies deficit to just one run heading into the seventh.
The Cubs added two more runs in the seventh and the Phillies couldn’t get anything going from the plate in the final innings. Just like that, the Phillies lost yet again. 6-3 final. They are now 3-7 over their last 10 games. Pain.
Ranger Suarez will take the mound tonight. For those still watching the Phillies, we all know that they are dead in the water.
Mandatory Credit: USA TODAY