The Phillies were 3 for 21 with runners in scoring position in losing their last two games to the Boston Red Sox. Yet, as bad as they were in those clutch situations, they still had a puncher's chance in Sunday's series finale.

Cliff Lee was not sharp early and the offense did nothing against Josh Beckett for most of the afternoon, but with two outs in the eighth inning and the Phils down by four runs, they had a chance to get back into the ballgame in a hurry against Boston reliever Vicente Padilla.

All they needed was a big hit from Ty Wigginton with the bases loaded.

Wigginton did not deliver and the Phils were 5-1 losers to the Sox.

You can't lay the blame for this one on Wigginton because there were a lot of factors in the loss, not the least of which was the unusual sight of Lee not keeping his club in the ballgame early. As for Wigginton, one had to wonder why he was even at the plate in that situation. He was hitting .166 (8 for 48) with 18 strikeouts, no extra-base hits and just five RBIs in the month of May before that at-bat. Carlos Ruiz, ranked third in the NL in batting average, and sixth in RBIs and slugging percentage, was sitting on the bench.