Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel was none to happy after his teams sixth straight loss at the hand of the Los Angeles Dodgers on the final game of their seven game homestand.

In his post game press conference, Manuel repeated on a few occasions how his team "lost their swagger" and told the assembled media "nobody fears us anymore, they come right at us."

It was their sixth consecutive loss and the team will begin a nine game Interleague road trip beginning Friday night against the Baltimore Orioles.

 

The Orioles are tied for first place in the A.L. East with the New York Yankees.

 

Phillies scheduled pitching match ups this weekend:

Joe Blanton (4-6) will oppose Oriole right-hander Jake Arrieta (2-7) Friday night, first pitch at 7:05.

Vance Worley (3-2) will oppose Tommy Hunter (2-3) Saturday afternoon, first pitch 4:05

The series will conclude Sunday at 1:05 with Cliff Lee (0-3) looking for his first win of the season opposing Jason Hammel.

 

The Phillies will then travel  to Minnesota and face off against a last place Twins team Tuesday-Thursday June 13th.

This portion of Interleague play will conclude Father's Day weekend across the border in Canada against the 30-26 Toronto Blue Jays.

After this road trip, the Phillies will come home for a ten game homestand including three more Interleague games vs. the Tampa Bay Rays June 22-24th.

 

Pete Giordano is a producer for 97.3 ESPN FM, e-mail him at: 973espn@gmail.com