That’s 23 straight innings without scoring a run folks…now give me your best horror movie SCREAM! Yikes! Yesterday, when asked about the team’s offensive struggles, Charlie Manuel responded with, “We’re inconsistent…but at the same time, we’re still in first place.” Well, I’ve got news for you Chuck, not for long…
What is happening to this pitching staff is a crime. Joe Blanton
pitched a one hit shut-out over 7 innings with 7 strikeouts and 2 walks. And still, he does not get a win. His opposition, Paul Maholm, also pitched a shut-out through 7 innings with 10 strikeouts but did allow 5 hits and walked 3. But even with those base runners, the Phillies still could not manage to get a run in. Eric Bruntlett hit into a double play to end the 2nd inning with 2 runners on and then AGAIN in the 9th to end that inning and send the game into extra innings. Chase Utley struck out with 2 men on in the 5th inning to end that inning. It was just one thing after another…like a bad horror film. Pat Burrell popped out to end the 10th with the bases loaded after TWO intentional walks to Utley and Howard. It is seriously like The Night of The Living Dead out there.
Just slap a uniform on these zombies; maybe they can score some runs? They appear to have more life in them than then Phillies do. Or, perhaps the living dead have in fact eaten their brains and they all forgot how to swing the bats?
Well, the Pirates, unaffected by the zombies, did score 2 runs in the 12th inning with new Phillie, Wes Walrond giving up a couple of doubles and Clay Condrey helping out with a few singles given up. The Phillies got one last chance in the bottom of the 12th and with 2 runners on and one out, Utley lined out to centerfield with Brandon Moss making an amazing, diving catch; just then, Shane Victorino wandered too far off of first base and got doubled off for the 3rd out to end the game. A horrific base running error and a terrible way to end the game, losing to the lowly Pirates 2-0. A bad B-Movie ending, indeed. I am feeling a bit like a zombie now after witnessing these last 22 innings of mind-numbing baseball. Time to get some Z’s ….Sleep, that is…I will be avoiding the brain-sucking, bat-bashing zombies for tonight J