With just 14 games to play now in a disappointing season, the Phillies are pretty much just playing out the schedule.
It showed Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park, where the rather lifeless Phils dropped an 8-2 decision to the San Diego Padres.
The Phillies (66-78) managed single runs in the fifth and eighth innings, never putting together a rally to threaten the Padres, who carried an 8-0 lead into the bottom of the fifth. Tyler Cloyd surrendered seven runs on nine hits in just four innings in seeing his record drop to 2-4 on the year.
Rookie third baseman Cody Asche continued to impress, though, hitting his fifth home run of the season since his late July call-up.
Cameron Rupp made his big league debut at catcher for the Phillies. He went 1-for-4.
The Padres were led by Jedd Gyorko, who went 3-for-5 with a double and two singles. Starting pitcher Andrew Cashner allowed just one run in 7 2/3 innings.