By Sam Bush
The sad state of the Phillies rotation came into stark relief yesterday in Atlanta.
They don’t have a fifth starter, so it was reliever-by-committee again.
And the results are in:
They lost 15-1!
Vince Velasquez (above) allowed three runs in the first inning, and Cole Irvin, their No. 16 prospect, allowed six in 3 2/3 innings and Phillies position player Sean Rodríguez worked a clean 8th inning
The Braves won the series to take a 2-1/2 game lead in the National League East. The Phillies lost for the 10th time in 16 games. They open a four-game series tonight against the Nationals in Washington.
“We have to be better every time through the rotation, there’s no question about it,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. “We’re going to need to perform really well against teams like the Atlanta Braves. They are a deep lineup. We’ve obviously played them well overall in the year, but today’s effort wasn’t good enough.”