The Phillies completed an embarrassing weekend series against the Mets today with a 0-8 loss. They lost 2 of 3 in the series and the only reason they won on Saturday was due to another Kevin Frandsen miracle in the form of a walk off homer after the team blew a 7-1 lead.
In his second start since coming off the DL, John Lannan struggled to get through just 5 innings, allowing 4 runs on 3 walks and 8 hits. Below is a photo of Lannan pitching and another photo I took today which seems to express how Lannan felt his outing went:
In the top of the 5th inning, the Mets had some extra help against Lannan in the form of creative umpiring. Ben Revere caught a fly ball, took a few steps with it securely in his glove and as he transferred the ball to his hand, it slipped to the ground. The runner was allowed to advance to third and was called safe.
In the official MLB rules, a catch is defined as follows: “If the fielder has made the catch and drops the ball while in the act of making a throw following the catch, the ball shall be adjudged to have been caught. In establishing the validity of the catch, the fielder shall hold the ball long enough to prove that he has complete control of the ball and that his release of the ball is voluntary and intentional. Rule 2.00 (Catch) Comment: A catch is legal if the ball is finally held by any fielder, even though juggled, or held by another fielder before it touches the ground.”
Revere had the ball long enough to be a catch. Manager Charlie Manuel argued to no avail. That was the turning point of the game as 3 runs scored right after that call. Here are a few shots of the event:
Of course, the Phillies offense was no help at all either. There were many bewildered looks at the plate, swings and misses and various other miscues. Every mistake seemed inflated as they began to pile up; much like Ryan Howard’s inflated back side as a result of my viewing angle and his standing next to Chase Utley:
See, even in a 0-8 rain-soaked loss, I still managed to have a small bit of fun ;o)
J.C. Ramirez had some fun as well; he made his major league debut and struck out all 3 batters he faced. Sadly though, the fun ended there.
The team starts a West Coast road trip tomorrow in San Diego. In the meantime, here is the Photo Album from today’s game, including a Cole Hamels pre-game bullpen session and pitcher warm-ups.
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Photos by Jenn Zambri Photography