“The road has not been kind to the Phillies lately, and manager Charlie Manuel is at a loss to explain why.
It could be the Phillies‘ inability to hit with runners in scoring position, and Saturday they left 12 runners on base.
It could be the trials and tribulations of their starters — particularly the back end of the rotation. Saturday, Joe Blanton put the Phillies in an early hole by allowing five hits in a three-run first inning.
Or maybe it’s the bullpen. Brad Lidge was once again brutal in his latest save opportunity — one that ended with Ryan Zimmerman’s three-run homer, which sealed the Phillies‘ second straight loss, 7-5, to Washington.”
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