This game got off to an ominous start when Jamie Moyer allowed 4 runs before he even recorded an out in the 1st inning. Things were not looking good. But the Phillies offense battled back and by the 6th inning, they had an 8-4 lead over the Mets. Chase Utley, Pedro Feliz and Raul Ibanez all homered to give the team a lift.
And yet, despite 12 hits, including the 3 homers, 3 doubles and a triple (Rollins), the bullpen blew the game for the Phillies. Even Moyer battled back after a terrible start and wound up with 5 runs allowed over 7 innings. It appeared as if the planets would align and the Phillies would overcome the bad start. But when Ryan Howard struck out with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 8th, fans began to wonder if that would come back to haunt them.
Let the haunting begin…the bad start came full circle and turned into a bad ending as well. Brett Myers and Chan Ho Park combined in the 8th inning to give the Mets 3 more runs, making the score 9-8. With a precarious 1 run lead, Ryan Madson took the mound in the 9th and gave up a two run homer to David Wright with 2 outs in the inning, his second homer plus 6 RBI’s on the night. Madson, in for the struggling Brad Lidge, has now blown his 6th save of the season. Madson and Lidge together have 16 blow saves on the year.
It is official – this team has NO closer. If the Phillies cannot close out games, they have no shot at success in the post-season, if they even get that far. Unless a miracle occurs and Lidge can figure out what is ailing him, I hate to be the bearer of bad news but, we are so totally screwed. I had a few other choice words in mind to express that feeling, but I will refrain for now. Feel free to add your own “color” to that sentence.
Frustration is another good word – frustration, disappointment and downright exasperation. So, just to make myself feel better, here is a small piece of comic relief. At batting practice today, I watched a Mets player using what appears to be a child’s glove to shag balls. It is tiny and quite colorful. Check out the comparison between a real glove and the baby-glove:
I have had my fun for the day then :O) The Phillies have a double-header tomorrow night with Kyle Kendrick pitching the 1:05pm game and Pedro Martinez at 8:05pm. I will be at the night game praying for a win! For now, here is the Photo Album from today’s game.
Photos by Jenn