The Phillies offense had plenty of chances again tonight to score runs; but just like last night, the bats took a nap and the Phillies could capitalize on opportunities. They even had the lead-off batter get on base in 6 out of 9 innings and still managed only 2 runs. Jimmy Rollins, still unable to find his swing, left 4 men on base; Chase Utley did the same, even after helping to salvage Game 1 yesterday with his 2-run homer.
The big blows came from Pedro Feliz and Greg Dobbs; Feliz – 6 left on; Dobbs – 4. As a team, the grand total of runners left on base was 11. That’s 22 total in 2 games. And in this one, the Phillies lose 4-2, tying up the series at one game apiece.
I cannot even begin to breakdown the offensive game for you here…it was like watching an episode of Mr. Bill. “Oh Nooo! I struck out again with a runner on third and 1 out!” Then the cartoon fist or steel iron emerges from above and squashes the Phillies hitters, just like poor Mr. Bill. Only difference is that watching the Phillies flounder wasn’t funny. When the biggest bang in your line-up on the day is Eric Bruntlett hitting a pinch hit home run in the 8th inning, you know you are having a VERY bad day. Can anyone even remember the last time Bruntlett hit a homer? Or even managed to hit the ball out of the infield, for that matter? Well, I looked it up. May 6th, 2008 – his last home run. He had 2 in the regular season.
And how about those errors tonight? “Oh Noooo! I missed the ball!” Hmmm…Jayson Werth forgot how to field for one minute, but it’s ok. He’ll be fine once they pry the heavy object off him that was apparently weighing him down. Another Mr. Bill moment. And Brett Myers did not have his best outing, but not his worst either. He pitched 7 innings and gave up 3 earned runs and 1 unearned on 7 hits and 3 walks. He certainly did not deserve the offensive spanking he got tonight. Guess they were all just mad at Brett for not hitting, as per AL rules, and bailing them out of a jam. James Shields of the Rays mystified the Phillies hitters and entertained everyone watching with his squat and twist look over to first base. Really, I have not seen a man use his back side in such a way since…well, Aaron Rowand. You can tell they are related J Wonder how Rowand feels about watching his cousin pitch in the World Series to his old team? A team he very well could have stayed with. Can you say “awkward?” Oh nooo!
Well, I said it yesterday and I’ll say it again; the Phillies need to move runners and hit with men on base if they are going to have a shot at winning this series. Before Saturday’s game in Philly, they had better figure out exactly how to get back to doing just that.
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