How to survive a Phillies three-game losing streak

You did it! You survived the Phillies’ first three-game losing streak of the season. 

Whew! That was tough going for a minute there. Until the Phillies beat the Giants 6-1 on Wednesday, thanks to homers by Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber and a dominant outing from Cristopher Sanchez, they were in line to lose their tenth straight at Oracle Park in San Francisco, in addition to their fourth consecutive game. 

It would have been unthinkable to see the Phillies allow the Braves to move within five games of first place in the NL East. Fortunately, we do not live in that world. Atlanta is safely walled-off from the division lead by 6.5 games going into Friday, the Phillies managed to win a second game on their west coast road trip, and they have returned home having little more to deal with than simmering tensions from the almost-brawl, travel plans for London, and, of course, the romantic entanglements of their current and former players. 

But imagine, if you can, being back there in that time when the Phillies had lost three straight. Who even were we back then? Those people seem like total strangers, waving through the mists of time. It may shock you to learn that not long ago, losing three straight was a pretty common practice for the Philadelphia Phillies. And something that we’ve kept from that time, other than generational trauma and that .gif of Sean O’Sullivan getting hit in the throat with a return throw, is how to survive

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