Manuel: 'A Good Test'

Well, I don't know if anybody thought in a million years the Phillies would still be winless on their current West Coast road trip. But they are, and a faltering offense was once again the chief culprit. Ryan Howard said something interesting tonight. "I've never been a part of anything like this," he said when asked about the slump. Nobody seems to have any answers. The fact remains, this is a dangerous offense when everything is clicking. But nothing is clicking right now.

Charlie Manuel said the way the Phillies, now 64-57 and a game behind the Mets, respond will tell a lot about the team's chances from here on out. This is the first four-game sweep since the 2004 season.

“Actually, if you want to know the truth, I think it’s a good test of what our team is," Manuel said. "If you are down and you lay down and you fall out of it and you get beat, that goes to show you what kind of team you are. If you are down and come back overnight the following day and you stay in the hunt and you win, I think that tells what kind of team we are too. There's two ways to look at it. And that's kind of how I look at it. If we get down and we get down and we don't come back, we're not champions and we're not men. What the hell? That's the bottom line."

The silver lining: Brett Myers again pitched well. He now has a 2.48 ERA in five apperances since his trip to the minor leagues. Problem is, the Phillies are just 12-12 since the All-Star Break.