The game began with a Pirates lead-off home run off the rookie, JA Happ. But after that, Happ did not budge and sent the Bucos away each inning frustrated.
Happ went 8 innings, gave up 3 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks. Happ had a 2-1 lead until the 8th inning when he surrendered the big blow; a 2-run shot by Garrett Jones to give the Bucos a 3-2 lead. Still a great outing by Happ, but with no offense to back him up, the result was not ideal.
Well, no offense except Jimmy Rollins and Paul Bako. Rollins looked like the energizer bunny all night long as the ball jumped off his bat and his defense was stunning. But his effort of 3 for 5 on the night was the only real offense in the game. Ryan Howard collected an RBI on a force out in the 1st inning with the bases loaded. The following inning, back-up catcher Paul Bako hit a rare home run as fans did a double take at their TV sets…Bako who? The surprise homer from Bako seemed to lull the Phillies into a deep trance from which they did not wake up. In fact, neither team scored again until that killer home run by the Pirates in the 8th.
The Phillies offense this entire 3-game series was pathetic. Howard helped give the numbers a boost with his 3-run homer yesterday, but that was about the only hitting highlight of the series. Losing 2 out of 3 to a last place team is just very, very sad.
The Braves come to town tomorrow for 3 games and hopefully, the Phillies will find their bats!
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