PHILADELPHIA –The Phillies finished a six game homestand that left fans with one question Sunday afternoon.
With summer just three days old, what do Philadelphia fans have to look forward to the rest of the season?
New York Mets phenom Matt Harvey allowed two hits and no runs in six innings as New York beat the Phillies 8-0 before 44,951 fans at Citizens Bank Park.
The Phillies finished the homestand 3-3. Philadelphia (36-40) begins a 10-game road trip in Sand Diego against the Padres tonight.
The homestand was microcosm of the Phillies frustrating season.
The stand started with a pair of wins against the Washington Nationals last Monday and Tuesday. Fans hoped those wins were the start of a winning streak.
But just as the Phillies seemed poised to sweep the Nationals, Jonathan Papelbon blew a save and Philadelphia lost 6-2 in 11 innings to Washington last Wednesday.
Papelbon bemoaned the team’s lack of fundamentals after the game.
The rest of the home stand included another poor start from Cole Hamels, some excitement in a game-winning home run by Kevin Frandsen and Sunday’s defeat.
The Phillies did pick up a game. They began last Monday 8.5 games back of the first place Atlanta Braves. Philadelphia ended Sunday 7.5 back.
Harvey overmatched the Phillies hitters. He struck out Domonic Brown swinging in the second and fourth innings on 99 mph fastballs, according to the Citizens Bank scoreboard. Harvey left after the sixth inning because of a 20-minute rain delay in the top of the seventh inning.
Phillies starter John Lannan left in the sixth inning because the Mets pounded him for five doubles.
The Mets scored three runs into the top of the fifth after Phillies center fielder Ben Revere dropped a fly ball to allow leadoff hitter Juan Lagares to reach third base.
The Phillies played the final three innings like they were in a hurry to get to San Diego.
Mets relievers LaTroy Hawkins and Brandon Lyon and needed just 31 pitches to retire the Phillies in the final three innings.
The fans that stuck around Citizens Bank after the rain seemed indifferent to the contest. The crowd did cheer sarcastically when Revere caught a line drive in the top of the ninth inning.
The Phillies won’t be back at Citizens Bank until July 5.
What will the fans be thinking then?