There are losses, then there are bad losses like the one the Phillies suffered Tuesday night in Atlanta.
Leading 3-0 with 2 outs and a man on in the bottom of the ninth inning, closer Ryan Madson gave up a two-run home run to Troy Glaus, then a game-tying blast by rookie phenom Justin Heyward to send the game into extra innings. In the bottom of the 10th inning, the Braves' Nate McClouth blasted his first homer of the season off Jose Contreras to win the game.
This was about as bad a loss as it can get. It spoiled a great pitching performance by Kyle Kendrick, who blanked the Braves on 4 hits through 8 innings. It was also the Phillies' fourth loss in five games.