Meatloaf was wrong

In this case, two out of three ain't good.

The Phillies clubhouse was quiet tonight. Real quiet. Thirty minutes after the game, and not a single position player who started the 4-3 loss to the Nationals was present at his locker. On normal nights, players take awhile to emerge from the various rooms that are off-limits to the media. But tonight was extreme. So you won't be reading much in the way of perspective from the hitters, who struggled for yet another game. The bottom half of the order actually played fairly well. Shane Victorino, Jayson Werth, and Carlos Ruiz all made some things happen.

Chase Utley went 2-for-3 with an RBI single and drew a walk in the eighth that moved the potential tying run to second base with no out.

But the rest of the Phillies big guns struggled, none more than Ryan Howard, who went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts.

I know a lot of you are looking for answers, but nobody has any. Every night it is the same refrain: this team is still capable of hitting, we need to start hitting, we're going to start hitting, we need to get hot.

I know the players are tired of trying to give us an answer, and I know we are tired of trying to find one.

The Phillies are in a precarious position now, 2.5 games behind the Mets with a four-game series against a team who just swept them in a four-game series last week.

The pitching has been there. Jamie Moyer pitched more than five innings and allowed fewer than four runs for the 14th consecutive outing. I know a lot of attention has been paid to the Mets, but the fact is, the Phillies have to GET to the Mets first.

Howard has just five hits in his last 50 at-bats, 21 one of which have ended in strikeouts.

Jimmy Rollins is just 3-for-29 since his comments about Phillies fans became a hot local story.

That's all I've got for tonight.