Bats fall cold as Red Sox snap Phillies winning streak

Phillies streak snapped
The Phillies four-game winning streak came to an end on Wednesday with a 6-3 loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park. The loss drops the Phils to a game below .500 at 9-10.

The Phillies collected just three hits on the afternoon, including two in the opening frame. Phillies hitters finished 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position and struck out 12 times

"We weren't able to build on it, that was the problem," Phillies manager Joe Girardi said, referencing the two-run first inning. "We made [Kyle Hart] work really hard in the first inning and we weren't able to do much after that. To me, that was the issue. He was effectively wild and he made some pitches when he had to. For whatever reason, we just didn't swing it as well today."

Starter Jake Arrieta struggled with his command throughout the day, surrendering five hits, four runs, and four walks while failing to get out of the fifth inning.

"I don't feel like I did anything well in this start," Arrieta said. "I was able to accomplish a lot of good things in my first three starts whether the numbers show that or not. Today was a different story. I wasn't able to throw the ball the way I expect to."

The Phillies head to Buffalo on Thursday for a doubleheader with the Blue Jays. Rookie Spencer Howard will start the first game, while Vince Velasquez will toe the rubber in the nightcap.

The club enters play on Thursday two games behind the Braves in the NL East.

"We have an opportunity to win two games and that's what we're going to try to do," Rhys Hoskins said.
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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