When the schedule makers sat down in front of June they took pity on the Phillies and penciled them in for a string of series versus teams unlikely to pose much of a challenge. It appears the opponents never got the memo.
The Phils continued to stumble toward terminal mediocrity with another loss to a last-place team. Once again Cole Hamels was on the mound. Until the fourth inning Hamels clung to a one-run lead, but in the bottom of the frame he threw batting practice as the Twins laced one hard-hit ball after another, two of them nearly home runs. It was SOP for Cole: cruising along and then, BINGO!
It was also SOP for the Phils' offense, sputtering along and in the process making world-beaters out of opposing starters whose ERA's were heretofore atrocious. Nothing cures pitching ails quite like a visit from the Philly doctors.