The longest road trip of the season could not have looked bleaker for the Phillies just a few days ago.
"That's when Chicken Little is always hanging around every day," Charlie Manuel said after Wednesday's 7-2 victory over Arizona at Chase Field.
If the sky was not falling, the Phillies offense certainly was. Cliff Lee threw 10 scoreless innings in a 1-0 loss in San Francisco on April 18. The Phillies lost the series and it set the tone for the weekend in San Diego, where they lost twice to the team with the worst record in the National League.
The Phillies were on their way to a 9-0 loss Monday against the D-backs, but they scored five meaningless runs in the ninth inning. Meaningless in the sense the Phillies scored those runs with nothing on the line against a pitcher with a 20.25 ERA. Meaningless in the sense the Phillies still fell four runs short to drop to 3-5 on the 10-day trip.
But the Phillies found something in those runs.
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