I hate to sound like a broken record here but, tonight we saw another great pitching performance and another non-existent offensive output. So much for Christmas in July…I think Santa forgot all about the Phillies, as they fell to the Braves 8-2. All that was left in their stocking was a giant lump of coal.
Kyle Kendrick pitched his way out of a lot bad situations tonight and wound up only giving up one run,
even though he loaded the bases multiple times. JC Romero and Chad Durbin each pitched one scoreless inning each and Durbin even drew a standing ovation from the crowd, who were extra appreciative of the effort, especially in light of the lack of production on the offensive end. The Phillies may have had a shot at the game in the bottom of the ninth, but Brad Lidge, brought on in a non-save situation, wound up giving up 5 runs, including a grand slam to Brian McCann, in the top of the ninth to blow the game wide open. Clay Condrey came in next to give the Braves a few more July Christmas presents; before his turn was over, 2 more runs had scored.
Charlie Manuel held a team meeting before the game tonight to attempt to light a fire under his players. I don’t know what he said or did, but apparently, he needs to try a new approach. How about tossing a bucket of ice down their pants? Maybe tie them down to their chairs and force them to watch “The Sound of Music” over and over again until they are on the verge of a mental breakdown? Then put a bat in their hands and watch the pent up aggression fly!
Seriously, a total of five hits in this game? And one of those was from Greg Dobbs who almost never gets to play. Where is the leadership on this team? Where is the magic and inspiration of last season? Oh, that’s right, check over on the West Coast….a-hem! Sorry, couldn’t resist. Well, someone on this, the 2008 team, needs to stand up and set this team right. Who is it going to be?
I’ll be at the game tomorrow which is Photo Day. It will be interesting to see how many smiles I get considering how today’s game went. Wish me luck! If you’re going, I’ll see you on the field!