For two consecutive games, the Phillies have gotten totally crushed by the San Francisco Giants. The 7-2 stomping on Friday and 6-5 10-inning loss on Saturday were just a few more blows to an already deflated team sitting at dead last in the NL East.
On Friday, Vance Worley was great for just over 4 innings…then he suddenly stunk, giving up a grand slam in the 6th. For the Giants, Tim Lincecum magically returned to Cy Young form after a horrible season. He had a 5.93 ERA entering this game; but apparently facing the Phillies is the cure for any pitcher in the midst of a 3-month slump.
The best news to come out of that game? Lincecum embarrassed himself early in the game by walking off the mound with only 2 outs recorded. He grinned once he realized the error to the great pleasure of all in attendance. Hey Tim, thanks for the 2 seconds of joy which was followed by hours of agony…
The agony continued into Saturday as Cole Hamels gave up 5 runs to the Giants in 7.2 innings. While he had some issues on the mound, he did hit his first career home run. The joy of that moment was quickly tempered by the 3 homers he gave up, including one to the Giants pitcher, Matt Cain.
The Phillies bullpen issues have reached critical mass. Manager Charlie Manuel does not trust then anymore so Hamels got left in the game too long for a career high 128 pitches. Then instead of going to long-man Kyle Kendrick either in that inning or in the 10th, Jonathan Papelbon was forced to go 2 innings and gave up the winning run to the Giants with 5 fresh arms sitting in the pen.
What this amounts to is this: The Phillies 2012 season is a total bust. Hamels may never pitch for the Phillies again. With the salary situation nearing the luxury tax, the Phils may also start dumping player not named Hamels. Ugh.
It is not a pretty picture, folks. I will be at tomorrow’s game attempting to get prettier pictures ;o) Wish me luck…
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