What we have here is a routine failure to put things all together in the same nine inning game. An unexpectedly effective start from Adam Eaton was wasted as the Phillies could muster only five hits against Diamondbacks' rookie Micah Owens en route to a second straight loss in Phoenix. Eaton could have used more support but truth be told he surrendered two home runs to an Arizona lineup that featured six batters hitting .236 or below. The long ball continues to plague Eaton, who has yielded an average of one per start.
Charlie Manuel dramatically shuffled his lineup again with Aaron Rowand leading off, Jimmy Rollins in the three hole, Chase Utley batting cleanup and Greg Dobbs subbing for Ryan Howard at first. Abraham Nunez started at third. This kind of tinkering smacks of desperation precisely because it is! If we've seen anything resembling consistency it has been at the top of the order with Jimmy Rollins leading off. That debate -- is Jimmy a good lead-off hitter -- should have been put to rest by now but Manuel is trying to save his job if not the season and appears willing to upset what little balance there is.
The lack of hitting last night was only trumped by the second three-error game in three nights as the Phillies stumble their way eastward. Any thoughts of another poor April start are being banished by an almost equally woeful May.