June 20, 2016
The Phillies homestand was so painful that a trio of nuns drinking Miller Light and taking selfies on Monday afternoon was easily the highlight of the six-game stay at Citizens Bank Park.
But their sister act, much like the Phillies offense in recent years, went sour, too. The trio of nuns wasn't a trio of nuns at all – is anything real anymore?? – but instead a trio of actresses at the ballpark to promote "Sister Act," which is playing at the Walnut Street Theatre.
Ah, but it was a nice diversion regardless, even when the skit went full-tilt with them dancing on the dugout with everyone's favorite native of the Galapagos Islands, the Phillie Phanatic. Thanks, nuns!
As one clever person on Twitter pointed out – before we knew we were all duped – there were more nuns than runs from the home team. Which shouldn't qualify as surprising since the Phillies are averaging a major league-worst 3.11 runs per game in 2016.
The Phillies futile bats finally arrived on the scene in the ninth inning on Monday afternoon, but their last-ditch effort came up empty, too. The Diamondbacks scored three times in the first inning against Jeremy Hellickson and held on for a 3-1 win over the Phils.
The Phillies (30-41) have lost 11 of their last 12 games. They've been outscored 83-23 in those 11 losses.
The Phils have lost seven straight, including all six games on a homestand that saw the Toronto Blue Jays and Arizona Diamondbacks treat Citizens Bank Park like an afternoon of batting practice. The Phillies were outscored 42-9 by the Jays and D-backs.
It's the first time since – wait for it – September of 1964 at Connie Mack Stadium that the Phillies failed to get a win in a homestand of six games or more.
"It's disappointing to lose at home or the road," said Hellickson, who gave up consecutive hits to Arizona's Jean Segura (double), Paul Gosselin (single), Jake Lamb (home run), and Rickie Weeks (double) before he recorded his first out 10 minutes into the game.
"An 0-6 homestand is never fun," the veteran pitcher continued. "But we just have to move on."
The Phillies scored a grand total of five runs in their four-game series with Arizona. They have not scored more than two runs in a game since last Tuesday in Toronto, when they scored a whopping three runs in an 11-3 shellacking.
Since they arrived in Chicago for a Memorial Day weekend series at Wrigley Field, the Phillies have lost 20 of their last 24 games. The Phillies have a -75 run scoring differential in those 24 games (63 runs scored, 138 runs allowed).
"I’m not giving up," said manager Pete Mackanin, whose predecessor, Ryne Sandberg, actually did give up at this point (74 games into the season) last year.
"These guys, there is a lot of good," Mackanin continued. "They can do some things. We’ve proved that in the first two months of the season. I’m just going keep pushing them to get back to where we were, and to improve."
That didn't happen Monday afternoon. But at least the Phillies faithful had (fake) nuns.
The 2016 Phillies: Causing nuns to drink during selfies at the park. https://t.co/2zvC2aQGOa— Joe Giglio (@JoeGiglioSports) June 20, 2016
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