There are several adjectives that come to mind when mentally reviewing these last few Phillies games against the Astros; sloppy, messy, disgusting, lackadaisical and slothful, are just a few.
Some low-lights from Monday night’s 1-5 loss include:
- Michael Martinez watched a bouncing grounder fly past his glove at third base.
- Raul Ibanez dropped a low fly ball to left that bounced out of his glove.
- Covering first base, Roy Oswalt missed an descent throw on what looked like an easy out.
- Jimmy Rollins and Pete Orr collided near second base on what should have been an easy double play if they had simply remembered who was covering what area.
But the fun did not end there. On Tuesday night, the Phillies tried to out-sloppy their Monday night performance with these gems:
- John Mayberry Jr. watched a ground ball to center roll mysteriously under his glove.
- Mayberry recovered, tossed to Martinez and then Martinez proceeded to make one of the crappiest throws to third that you have ever seen. With a good throw, the runner would have been out, despite the Mayberry error. Instead, the guy winds up on third.
- Ryan Howard dropped an easy ground ball to first, allowing the Astros pitcher to be safe at first and move a runner to third. This lead to four runs in the inning, including a 3-run homer hit off Cole Hamels.
In these two games, the Phillies faced many of their old teammates, including pitchers Brett Myers and J.A. Happ. Neither pitcher was having a good year, but the Phillies may have just single-handedly revived both their seasons.
Also in the Phillies – Astros trade merry-go-round, both Roy Oswalt and Hunter Pence made their first trip back to Houston since coming to Philly. Oswalt had a bad game Monday, allowing five runs in seven innings.
As for Pence, he seemed to be the only Phillie interested in winning these games. Pence went 2-for-4 Monday with a double. And he also hit a solo homer on Tuesday.
The only other good news is that Joe Blanton pitched in Monday’s game for the first time since May 14th. He allowed one hit but looked pretty good overall.
What I am wondering now is, where have the Phillies gone? Because this is not the same team we have been watching all year. They seem to be in a coma. It may not seem like they have much to play for right now, but home field advantage can be a big boost in the playoffs.
So come on Phillies…wake up! Get your behinds off the mud slide and back onto solid ground. Thank you in advance. ;o)
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