By Sam Bush
It’s mid-September, and the Phillies are toast.
As in, eliminated from any postseason hope for 2019.
The standings say they still have a chance, since after yesterday’s loss to the Boston Red Sox they are 76-72, 4 1/2 games behind Washington and Chicago for the second wild card spot.
But there are only 14 games left for them to make up the ground, and there are two teams — the Mets and Brewers — now ahead of them.
And the way they are playing they are in danger of no even equaling last season’s 80-82!
And now they head out to an 11-game road trip.
Christian Vazquez homered twice to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 6-3 victory at CBP.
Vazquez put Boston ahead 5-1 in the third with his grand slam, a drive just over the wall in left on a 2-1, 71-mph curveball from Jason Vargas (6-8).
Cesar Hernandez’s RBI single in the fifth pulled the Phils within 5-2, but Vazquez responded in the sixth by taking Mike Morin deep to left. It was Vazquez’s 21st homer and first career multi-homer game, becoming the first Red Sox catcher with multiple homers in a contest since Jason Varitek clubbed three on May 20, 2001.
Rhys Hoskins homered for the Phillies.
“Definitely is a tough spot,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. “From here on out, every game is like Game 7 of a playoff series.”
Brandon Workman pitched a scoreless ninth for his 14th save.
The Red Sox loaded the bases with no outs in the first, but Vargas got out of the jam with just one run allowed on J.D. Martinez’s sacrifice fly to right. But Vargas couldn’t escape similar trouble in the third.
Vargas lasted three innings, giving up five runs — four earned — on three hits with six strikeouts and a walk. The 36-year-old lefty dropped to 0-3 with a 5.48 ERA in nine starts since being acquired from the Mets on July 29.