The Phillies just barely escaped Colorado last night with a win to avoid the 3-game sweep against the Rockies. The first two games of the series were utterly pathetic as the Phils went down by scores of 1-2 and 1-3, respectively. The Sunday night 10-9 win was a welcome sigh of relief.
The Phillies offense had been so bad going into this game, they officially recorded 131 at-bats in a row without an extra-base hit. In baseball terms, that is an eternity. And it was the worst mark for the franchise since 1968.
Not quite as awful as that, but still very bad, the Phils pitchers blew the lead in last night’s game 3 times. And Roberto Hernandez still has yet to pitch a full 6 innings. He was pulled from the game after only 75 pitches. This is not promising.
But the better news is that Ryan Howard may have found his pre-ankle injury swing again. He sort of, but not officially, hit for the cycle. The last hit was not scored a double as many contend it should have been; it was marked as a single with a 1-base error. The Phillies will appeal the call to MLB to see if they can get that double for Howard. Honestly, I’d have loved it to be a cycle. But I do not see MLB overturning the call…the outfielder should have gotten that ball.
Everyone else hit as well. Jimmy Rollins had 3 hits and both Ben Revere and Marlon Byrd had 2 hits each. Even more amazing, no one committed an error in the field. Yippie!
Speaking of offense, remember way back on Opening Day when Cody Asche had 3 hits? And the next day manager Ryne Sandberg sat him? And then remember when I said what a bad idea that was, sending Asche the wrong message, killing his momentum, etc…? Yeah well, guess who has had only 6 hits in his last 42 at-bats (the entire month of April)? Yup, Cody Asche. And he’s had only 2 hits in the very last 23 at-bats. That is a .087 batting average. Yikes.
Asche has been losing playing time as a result. Obviously, that Game 2 benching may or may be contributing to the massive slump, but it is still an interesting observation. The question now is, can he bounce back? I have not yet heard if he will be in the line-up tonight against the Dodgers, but this is one story line you may want to keep an eye on.
Game time is 10:10pm EST. Yuck…West Coast swings make me sleepy. Hopefully, the Phillies offense will keep me awake!
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Howard Photo by Jenn Zambri Photography