Well, that sucked. Oh sorry, in case you missed it, the Phillies fell just short by a score of 4-5 in Game 2 against the Rockies today. They will head to Colorado with a 1-1 series tie, which is not great news. The weather forecast in Denver is calling for sleet, snow and freezing temperatures. If you follow the Phillies, you know how they perform in cold weather; not good.
So now instead of a Rocky mountain high, we all have a Rocky mountain headache. Cole Hamels started the game for the Phillies and…just a second…I will not say bad things about Cole Hamels, I will not say bad things about Cole Hamels, I will not say bad things about Cole Hamels…ok, maybe I just cannot help myself. What the heck, Cole?? Well, he was not awful, but he was not good either. 4 runs allowed in 5 innings is not what you expect from the reigning World Series MVP.
But Hamels has not been himself all year, and you have to ask yourself now, can he be counted on going forward if the Phillies advance this post-season? Granted, there were extenuating circumstances today, with his wife’s pregnancy running late. In fact, Hamels is at the hospital right now; Heidi went into labor sometime during the game and he left before the game ended. But then again, he has not been consistent all year.
Two other starters were wasted in this game as well. Joe Blanton pitched just over an inning in relief and would up costing the Phillies a run. And then in a very odd move, manager Charlie Manuel put in our other starter, JA Happ to clean up Blanton’s mess in the 7th. On the first batter Happ faced, he was drilled in the knee with a hit ball and had to leave the game to have X-rays. Luckily, nothing is broken, but how long have we now lost Happ for remains to be seen. Plus, the only option to start on Saturday now is Pedro Martinez, who is not a sure thing after suffering a neck / upper rib injury in September.
Why Manuel did not lean on our well rested and experienced bullpen to begin with is beyond comprehension. He risked 2 of our best starters and it back fired.
The offense struggled in this game and did not score until the 6th inning. Shane Victorino had 3 hits, but was unable to pull another one out in the 9th with 2 outs and 2 runners on. Raul Ibanez and Ryan Howard had 2 hits each, but no hits and just 1 walk out of 5 bench players hurt. Jayson Werth hit a solo homer in the 8th to bring the team within 1 run and that was the end of the scoring.
And I do wish Cole and his wife Heidi all the best with the labor and their new baby, whenever he or she arrives. Cole, you make me nuts, but I still love ya ;O)
Photos by Jenn