If it wasn’t blatantly obvious that this bullpen was overworked before, it sure is now. Chad Durbin, who has been great all year, blew a 2-run lead in the eighth inning to tie up the game, eventually leading to a 7-6 loss to the Dodgers. It was his second blown lead in two days. Clay Condrey put the nail in the coffin, giving up the walk-off homer to fresh off the DL, Nomar Garcia-Parra.
But this game started to go downhill with the starter. Joe Blanton, I believe, showed his true potential in this game and that is not good. Yes, he had two good starts before this one, but one was against the Pirates, who are not so great, and the other was on basically 10 days rest, because the outing prior he only went 2 innings due to rain. This was the real test against a real team on normal rest and he failed. 5 innings, 9 hits, 4 earned runs and 3 walks – not good. When your team puts up a 5 run lead, you can’t just give the other team back those runs.
But that brings me to the next issue; where did the offense go after the second inning? Guess they figured they had worked hard enough for the day and decided to take a nap. Actually, this has been the issue for a long time now – NO situational hitting; they are not getting hits in key spots and everyone is swinging for the fences instead of trying to put the ball in play. Think I am crazy? Look at the scoreboard – all 6 runs came on 3 home run balls: Howard,
Dobbs & Werth. And the guys that were on base for them to rack up the RBI’s? Two of the three were walks (one HBP-Utley) – not even hits. Well, this team is good at two things – drawing walks and hitting homers; that is apparent. But right now, the rest of their game is in the toilet.
And how many times are we going to see Phillies at bat with 2 strikes on them not protecting the plate? They either just stand there and watch it for strike 3 or they swing away without attempting to locate the pitch (guessing at the pitch). You need to try to foul it off if you don’t like it or try your best to put it in play. Isn’t anyone teaching them this? Granted, these are things they should know, but perhaps they need a reminder? When things are going bad, it is time for the coaches to step up and do some actual coaching.
And then to top off a lovely 3 game losing streak, Jimmy Rollins has to infuriate fans by speaking out on The Best Damn Sports Show Period last night. Here is the video clip (UPDATE: 8/14 PM I added a new video feed which includes Jimmy’s post-show response to the fan uproar):