After scoring 15 runs after 7 innings (5 in the sixth and 6 in the seventh), the Phillies obviously were tired. How else do you explain them being blanked for the final two frames?
It was an ugly day at Minute Maid for the Astros pitching corps. Chris Sampson was bad, but not nearly as bad as losing pitcher Fernando Nieve, who came in with a two-run lead in the 6th and left after recording no outs and turning that lead into a two-run deficit. A well-deserved loss, any way you look at it.
The Astros have been playing well, this game notwithstanding. They currently are in third place, one game behind the Cardinals and Cubs. After a day off, they travel to St. Louis to try and change all that. Shawn Chacon will start against Braden Looper tomorrow at 8:15pm EDT.