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PHILADELPHIA — Many of the Phillies’ bags were packed before Sunday’s game against the Cardinals. It’s a standard practice of every road trip, but the Phillies were probably more anxious than normal to slip away quietly after a 10-2 loss to the Cardinals.
The loss was Philadelphia’s 10,000th as a franchise, a much-ballyhooed mark that several Phillies have expressed apathy toward.
The Phillies were the first American professional sports franchise to 10,000, but they were also the first to 9,999, 9,998 …
“It’s not like we were around for all of them,” reliever Mike Zagurski said earlier this week.
Let the record show that Adam Eaton was the losing pitcher, Adam Wainwright the winner and that the Phillies have now put it behind them.
The Phillies’ loss came on a day during which National League East rivals New York and Atlanta both won, but it was a successful home series for Philadelphia, which took two of three from the defending World Series champion.
Eaton lasted four-plus innings, giving up 10 hits and six earned runs. Wainwright shut down a Phillies squad that combined for 23 runs over the first two games, pitching seven scoreless innings.