The good news is that the Phillies were 3 games better in June than they were in May. Bad news is THEY WERE 6-22 IN MAY. The Phils' disfunctional season continued in June. It seemed like when the pitching was good, the hitting was bad and vice versa. Even if the starting pitching was good, then it was the bullpen that faltered.
The month totals bear that out. Believe it or not, the starters's ERA was fifth best in the league, but the bullpen had the third worst. The hitting was altogether horrible. They finished last in the league for the month of June in all but three of the ten categories for this review. The result was 11 one-run games, in which the Phillies were 2-9. Remember last season when the Phils kept winning those close ones? Looks like the pendulum swung way back in the other direction.
Here's a look back at the last month for the Phillies as they try to improve on their pace for 108 losses.
Home record: 4-7
Road record: 5-11
Top winning streak: 4
Top losing streak: 8
Series record: 2-5-2
Began month: 17-34, last place, 15.5 games behind 1st place Nationals & 4 games behind 4th place Marlins.
Finished month: 26-52, last place, 20 games behind 1st place Nationals & 9 games behind 4th place Marlins.
Phillies Team Hitting June Totals
Average: .241 (t-last)
Runs: 94 (last)
Runs/game: 3.48 (last)
HR: 24 (last)
BB: 74 (13th)
SO: 241 (5th most)
SB: 11 (t-10th)
OBP: .297 (last)
SLG: .378 (last)
OPS .675 (last)
Phillies Team Pitching June Totals
ERA: 4.57 (9th)
Phillies Starting Pitching June Totals
ERA: 4.22 (5th)
Phillies Relief Pitching June Totals
ERA: 5.19 (13th)
Phillies Team Hitting Season Totals
Average: .241 (13th)
Runs: 299 (14th)
Runs/game: 3.83 (14th)
HR: 77 (t-13th)
BB: 230 (13th)
SO: 673 (7th most)
SB: 31 (12th)
OBP: .304 (14th)
SLG: .391 (12th)
OPS .695 (13th)
Phillies Team Pitching Season Totals
ERA: 4.82 (13th)
Phillies Starting Pitching Season Totals
ERA: 4.93 (14th)
Phillies Relief Pitching Season Totals
ERA: 4.67 (13th)
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS June 2-4
(Phillies win series 2-1)
Game 1: Eickhoff couldn't finish the third inning with 5 runs allowed and 5 walks (including 2 to opposing pitcher) in 10-0 loss.
Game 2: Ben Lively pitched 7 innings of one-run, 4-hit ball in major league debut and Phils break 5-game losing streak with 5-3 win.
Game 3: Franco's homer give Phils lead in 8th, Galvis homers twice, and Herrer goes 3-for-4 with 3 RBI in 9-7 win.
@Atlanta Braves June 5-8
(Phillies win series 2-1)
Game 1: Herrera doubled twice and homered, becoming the first Phillies since at least 1913 with at least two doubles in three straight games. Joseph and Altherr also homered and Phils scored 11 times in 11-4 win for Pivetta's first MLB win.
Game 2: Nola lasted 8 innings (first starter to throw a pitch in the 8th), Herrera doubled again, and Kendrick homered. Neris struggled in 9th and was lifted for Neshek, who recorded first save in 3-1 victory.
Game 3: Eickhoff moved to 0-7 with a 3-run, 5 inning performance, Morgan, Rodriguez, and Garcia allowed total of 9 runs, and Blanco came in to pitch 8th in 14-1 loss.
Game 4: Lively with 7 inning, 3 run outing, but Phils get just 3 hits off Dickey in 3-1 loss.
@St. Louis Cardinals June 9-11
(Phillies split series 2-2)
Game 1: Altherr went 3-for-4 with a triple and two doubles, but the Phils wasted opportunities. Down 3-2 in 9th, they couldn't get Altherr home from 3rd with one out in loss.
Game 2: Phils shutout 7-0 with dominant performance by Carlos Martinez, while Pivetta's 35 pitch, 4-run 4th limited him to five innings.
Game 3: 3-run homer off Nola in fifth gave Cards lead for good, bullpen allowed 3 more runs, and two-run rally in ninth fell short in 6-5 loss.
@Boston Red Sox June 12-13
(Phillies swept 0-2)
Game 1: Phils scored 4 in first and after blowing lead took a 5-4 lead, but homer off Benoit tied again in 8th and Fein allowed walk-off hit to Pedroia in 11th.
Game 2: Altherr hit 2-run homer and Lively allowed just 3 runs in 7 innings, but they lost in the 12th on a walk-off single against Luis Garcia.
RED SOX June 14-15
(Phillies split series 1-1)
Game 1: In Ruben Amaro's return to Philly, Hellickson put team down 5-0 after two innings. Altherr homered, but Phils lost seventh straight.
Game 2: Pivetta throws 7 shutout innings with 9 strikeouts, and Phils take 1-0 lead in 8th with RBI double and Phils hold on for 1-0 win.
ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS June 16-18
(Phillies swept 0-3)
Game 1: After not recording their first hit until 4th, Phils took 4-2 lead with 2-run double by Franco and homer by Rupp, but Nola charged with 3 runs in 7th in 5-4 loss.
Game 2: Eickhoff battles through 6 innings with one run allowed, Altherr gunned down a runner in the 6th, but Ramos and Fein combine for 4 runs in 7th and Phils lose 5-1.
Game 3: Homers by Altherr and Franco, plus a go-ahead RBI in sixth by Kelly gave Phils 4-3 lead, but Neris blew lead in 9th and Gomez allowed homer in 10th in 5-4 loss.
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS June 20-22
(Phillies lose series 1-2)
Game 1: Hellickson pitches seven strong innings with 1 run and took 1-1 tie into extra innings, but Ramos and Fein allow 7 runs in 11th for 7-1 loss.
Game 2: Phils take 5-0 lead and a 5-3 lead into 8th, but Benoit allows run in 8th, Neris blows lead in 9th, and Phils waste chance in bottom of 9th when Herrera runs through stop sign at third. Ramos and Morgan allow 2 in 10th in 7-6 loss.
Game 3: Nola allows just one run in 7.1 innings, and Joseph homered and knocked in 3 in 5-1 win to end 5 game losing streak.
@Arizona Diamondbacks June 23-26
(Phillies win series 2-1)
Game 1: Leiter pitches 6 shutout innings in first MLB start and homers by Franco and Joseph help Phils to 6-1 win.
Game 2: Lively hits 2-run homer at plate, but allows 5 runs in 5.1 innings. Milner allows 1 run in debut in 6-2 loss.
Game 3: Hellickson allows 1 run in six innings, but Phils scores just once and Ramos earns his 7th loss after allowing walk-off hit in 2-1 loss in 11th.
Game 4: Pivetta allows 7 hits, 5 walks, and 6 runs in 2.2 innings and Phils muster just 5 hits in 6-1 loss.
@Seattle Mariners June 27-28
(Phillies win series 2-1)
Game 1: Nola pitches 7 innings with 2 runs allowed and Altherr and Franco homered in 8-2 win.
Game 2: Down 4-3 in 9th, Joseph ties with homer and Phils win with 2-out walk by Perkins, a balk, and a game-winning single by Knapp.
@New York Mets June 30-July 2
(Phillies win 1st game of series)
Game 1: Nick Williams makes MLB debut and collects first hit and Lively survived with 2 runs in 6.1 innings, but Phils muster just 4 hits in 2-1 loss.
June 3 - Ben Lively made major league debut and earned the win, pitching 7 innings of one-run, 4-hit ball.
June 4 - Galvis homers from both sides of plate, the first player to do so since since Jimmy Rollins on July 21, 2011. The other two Phillies to accomplish the feat are Tomas Perez in 2001 and Steve Jeltz in 1989.
June 5 - Herrera doubled twice and homered, becoming the first Phillies since at least 1913 with at least two doubles in three straight games.
June 8 - Andres Blanco pitches in blowout loss against Braves.
June 11 - Phillies place Cesar Hernandez on DL
June 12 - Phillies draft Adam Haseley with the eighth pick of the MLB draft.
June 14 - Ruben Amaro returns to Philadelphia for first time since being fired.
June 23 - Mark Leiter pitches 6 shutout innings and earns the win in his first MLB start.
June 24 - The Phillies released Michael Saunders and Jeanmar Gomez on Sunday.
June 25 - Ben Lively hits first MLB home run.
June 28 - Down 4-3 in 9th, Joseph ties with homer and Phils win with 2-out walk by Perkins, a balk, and a game-winning single by Knapp.
June 30 - Nick Williams makes MLB debut and collects first hit in 2-1 loss.