The Phillies cause the club’s worst collapse since 1964. They have 7 games to rewrite it

CHICAGO — The Phillies have specialized in nonstop failure for nearly 11 years. It’s taken different forms – some unimaginable, some haunting, some hilarious – but this was fresh. The rookie outfielder, who was bought at a hefty price at the close for playing skillful midfield, lost a ball in the sun for the second time in four days. The robust line-up, the most expensive in club history, failed to make the warning lane in three days at Wrigley Field. The team’s top three starters lined up here and walked away with zero wins.

The Phillies, projected two weeks ago by various models with a more than 90 percent chance of making the postseason, are now a coin toss. Everything from this season – all the sweat, the good vibes, the unexpected contributions – it all boils down to it. A mere coin toss. Thursday’s 2-0 loss to Chicago put them in a tie with Milwaukee hosting Miami tonight. The Phillies were working toward something bigger until they lost 10 of 13 games. You should be different. The darkness was over.

Then Jean Segura stood on first base and looked at the venerable scoreboard in this 108-year-old stadium and saw four balls. He glanced at the batter’s box and saw the bat boy coming for Nick Maton’s bat and shin pads. The count was 3:1.

Segura trotted to the second base. The Phillies cause the club’s worst collapse since 1964. They have 7 games to rewrite it

John Verrall

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