Not a lot has been going the Phillies way as of late. Toss Hunter Pence onto the growing list of frustrating Phillies items. Pence will not play this evening as he hurt his shoulder at some point in the past week. There seems to be a bit of confussion as to whether it happened when he hit the wall hard in San Fran or while diving for a ball last night at Petco.
That said, it's not exactly like Pence has been producing on the West Coast swing.
If you're looking for a crumb of positive news, Chase Utley took batting practice with the team this afternoon. There has been no updated timetable as to when Utley could return to action, but the fact that he's out there taking cuts for the first time in weeks has to be a good sign. Right? RIGHT?!?
Tonight's lineup: Pierre LF, Polanco 3B, Rollins SS, Wigginton 1B, Victorino CF, Ruiz C, Mayberry RF, Galvis 2B, Kendrick P9:40 ET TCN/WPHT
— Phillies (@philaphillies) April 23, 2012
We need something positive to happen to this team sooner or later.
Kyle Kendrick (0-0, 1.93) tosses tonight against RHP Wade Miley (1-0, 3.12) for the Diamondbacks.
9:40 start time. We may not stay up for the pain.
Ugliness From the Notes: Philadelphia has yet to win a series on the road in 2012 (3 series; 2 losses, 1 tie), which is their longest drought to begin a season since 2007, when they did not pick up a series win until their fourth road series, April 20-22 at Cincinnati (2-1) ... They were also 0-2-1 in their first three road series that season.
The Phillies have scored a total of 43 runs in their 16 games (2.7 runs/game), 2nd-fewest
in the majors this season (PIT – 30) ... They have scored two runs or less 10 times in those 16 games (63%), and one run or none six times (38%) ... The club is batting .239 (129-for-540) and has a .283 OBP … They are 2nd-to-last in the majors in doubles (19), triples (1), HR (7), RBI (40), walks (33), XBH (27), SLG % (.317) and total bases (171).