The Phillies anorexic offense has gotten off to a seriously slim start during the first two games of 2012. After a 1-0 win in the opener against the Pirates, the Phillies again scored only one run in Game #2 through 10 innings.
The only run starter Cliff Lee allowed was on a rare wild pitch in the 6th inning. Lee looked a little uncomfortable most of the game, however, he managed to hold his ground.
But while Lee clawed his way through the Pirates line-up, the Phillies offense was mostly absent. Hunter Pence collected the lone RBI with a single in the first inning to score Shane Victorino.
Throughout the game though, you could not help but expect to see that “magic” moment occur to get the Phils over the hump. Freddy Galvis is still waiting for his first major league hit; wouldn’t it be great if that happened at a key moment to put the Phillies ahead? And Jim Thome stepped in as a pinch hitter late in the game; you thought, surely our old friend can conjure something special in his 1st official at-bat as a Phillie again.
But sadly, the magic never appeared. And so on to extra innings they went…
Joe Blanton, who started Monday’s exhibition game, was called on in the 10th and immediately got into trouble. He gave up a double to Phillie-killer Rod Barajas that missed going over the outfield wall by about an inch. And just a few batters later, a single knocked in the winning run.
While it is only two games into the season, these two games are still cause for concern. Not panic…just worrisome. Because this is essentially a carry-over from last year where the Phillies offense regularly stunk up the ballpark.
In addition, having 3 ace pitchers will do them no good if they need those 3 guys to toss a shut-out every time. That whole pitching staff has to thinking already, “Oh no, here we go again…” And many fans are thinking the exact same thing right now.