The Cubs pitcher, Matt Garza, had a no-hitter going against the Phillies into the 5th inning tonight. The only Phillie to get a hit through two outs in the 7th inning was Domonic Brown, who hit Garza twice with a double and a single.
In all, Garza only allowed four hits and one run, with the help of his bullpen who allowed the run to score after he was pulled. It was yet another disgusting, impatient and painful performance from the Phils offense.
In the meantime, Cliff Lee had a rough start to the game, allowing a 2-run homer in the first. But after the first few innings, Lee settled down and was his usual, amazing self. But for the second straight Lee start in a row, his biggest problem was the Phillies offense.
In two starts, all Phillies players combined, except for Lee, did not score a single run while Lee was on the mound. The only run in the last game was a home run, which Lee hit himself.
Only after Lee was pulled for a pinch hitter and Michael Stutes pitched the 7th, did the offense decide to score. In the 8th, Jimmy Rollins and Michael Martinez singled, then Chase Utley drove them in with a double. Utley later got thrown out at the plate and the game was left in a 2-2 tie.
This anemic offense is frustrating to watch, especially when you know the potential of the hitters who are simply not living up to expectations. With that in mind, here is a short list of annoying things that I would rather be doing instead of watching the Phillies offense suck:
– Play the movie “The Sound of Music” over and over and over.
– Ride the “It’s a Small World” ride at Disney World with the demonic puppets that sing like nails going down a chalk board.
– Clean the litter box.
– Watch Jose Reyes of the Mets do the home run trot while signaling “#1” with his finger.
– Eat peas.
– Spel thungs rong on porpuse.
That last one was painful, much like watching the Phillies offense.
Back to the game…Stutes wound up pitching both the 7th and 8th innings and kept the score tied. But while the pitching hung in there, what would the offense do?
Lucky for me, they finally decided to stop sucking, thereby saving me from having to perform one of the annoying tasks on my list.
With two outs in the 9th, Ben Francisco and Rollins hit back-to-back singles. And then, saving the day once again, Martinez doubled to score both runners for a 4-2 lead. And although he was thrown out going to third, Martinez is still the hero.
Antonio Bastardo served as the closer again, as the Phillies are still taking it slow with Ryan Madson since coming off the DL. And again, Bastardo was lights-out for his 7th save of the year.
With the win today, the Phillies have a chance to win the series now. Game three with the Cubs is Wednesday afternoon at 2:20pm; Vance Worley will pitch.
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