A little wave of the magic bat, and POOF! Just like that, 1st place is gone. With the awful 14-8 loss tonight, combined with a Mets win over Atlanta, the Phillies sink to 2nd place again in the NL East, trailing by ½ a game. The Marlins bats were so magically that they even stood up on their own, as if to beckon its owner to pick it up and get a hit. See how Chris Coste looks puzzled by this? Well, he is not the only one. Brett Myers absolutely self-destructed in this game; perhaps as a result of his last outing being on only 3 days rest? He was responsible for TEN runs in only 4 innings. Yikes! Well, the bullpen did no better as Rudy Seanez surrendered a run, Les Walrond got hit for 2 runs and Kyle Kendrick, in his 1st relief appearance, gave up a solo homer. In all, it was a pitching disaster. In fact, the most entertaining part of the game was when the Marlins male dancers came out and shook their groove thang. There are so many things that are disturbing about this photo, I simply cannot begin to express it…it is just wrong on multiple levels J
Tonight was also a terrible waste of a solid offensive performance. Ryan Howard hit his 46th homer of the year; Greg Dobbs was 2 for 2 with a home run before being pulled in a double switch; Jimmy Rollins went 2 for 4 as well. Scoring 8 runs is usually enough to win a game, but not tonight. Well, if you can stomach it, here are some more photos from the game tonight. Top row: J-Roll tags out a Fish trying to nab second base and Jayson Werth slides safely into home. Bottom row: J-Roll is about to miss this ground ball…not good; and another J-Roll shot as he fouled a ball of his toe and hit the ground, in obvious pain. I hope he is ok, because he was still limping into the bottom half of the inning.
So tomorrow I have the pleasure of seeing Joe Blanton pitch. Ugh. Well, you all know how I feel about him. The good news is, I saw him taking BP today and the boy can hit! He sent one ball about 420 feet into the deep part of center field. I guess the practice may pay off… we shall see. I am more concerned about his pitching…the Phillies cannot afford to lose this series. Let’s hope the Fish leave their magic wands at home.
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Kyle Kendrick did not fare so well in Hollywoodland last night as he got beat up by the Dodgers in 3 1/3 innings, giving up 7 earned runs on 9 hits. Manny Ramirez,
as anticipated, did major damage, picking up 2 RBI’s on a double in the 3rd off of Kendrick. The rest of the line-up followed suit as Kendrick was unable to stop the bleeding. And as adorable as I find Manny, I am afraid that J-Roll Smurf is going to have to perform some of his voodoo magic again and STOP Manny from beating up on my Phillies! This is just unacceptable. Maybe Manny should spend the entire game in the bathroom, and not just the 9th inning? I am all for that idea…
Despite the early pounding by the Dodgers, the Phillies offense did battle back and came within 2 runs, losing 8-6 by the end. They had 2 men on with 2 outs in the 9th for Ryan Howard who meekly grounded out to second to end the game. It was a valiant attempt at a comeback, but they fell just short. Howard did manage to reach the 100 mark in RBI’s for the season though. He is only the second player in Phillies history to reach 100 RBI’s with at least 30 homers in three straight seasons. Chuck Klein did it also: 1930-1932.
So, good news, bad news I guess. Bad they lost the game…good the Marlins & Mets also lost, so no ground lost in the standings. Another positive is that Wes Walrond had a good outing on the mound, going 2 2/3 scoreless innings. Perhaps a sign that he may wind up being useful in the pen after all? He does have a wicked scary breaking ball that seems to really fool hitters. Let’s hope he can be of some use. Another positive note was that the offense never gave up, even after being down by as many as six runs in this game.
Cole Hamels will try to bounce back tonight after missing out on his 10th win, yet again on Thursday. Another late one – 10:10pm EST; get out the toothpicks and prop open your eyes J Go Phillies!
That’s 23 straight innings without scoring a run folks…now give me your best horror movie SCREAM! Yikes! Yesterday, when asked about the team’s offensive struggles, Charlie Manuel responded with, “We’re inconsistent…but at the same time, we’re still in first place.” Well, I’ve got news for you Chuck, not for long…
What is happening to this pitching staff is a crime. Joe Blanton
pitched a one hit shut-out over 7 innings with 7 strikeouts and 2 walks. And still, he does not get a win. His opposition, Paul Maholm, also pitched a shut-out through 7 innings with 10 strikeouts but did allow 5 hits and walked 3. But even with those base runners, the Phillies still could not manage to get a run in. Eric Bruntlett hit into a double play to end the 2nd inning with 2 runners on and then AGAIN in the 9th to end that inning and send the game into extra innings. Chase Utley struck out with 2 men on in the 5th inning to end that inning. It was just one thing after another…like a bad horror film. Pat Burrell popped out to end the 10th with the bases loaded after TWO intentional walks to Utley and Howard. It is seriously like The Night of The Living Dead out there.
Just slap a uniform on these zombies; maybe they can score some runs? They appear to have more life in them than then Phillies do. Or, perhaps the living dead have in fact eaten their brains and they all forgot how to swing the bats?
Well, the Pirates, unaffected by the zombies, did score 2 runs in the 12th inning with new Phillie, Wes Walrond giving up a couple of doubles and Clay Condrey helping out with a few singles given up. The Phillies got one last chance in the bottom of the 12th and with 2 runners on and one out, Utley lined out to centerfield with Brandon Moss making an amazing, diving catch; just then, Shane Victorino wandered too far off of first base and got doubled off for the 3rd out to end the game. A horrific base running error and a terrible way to end the game, losing to the lowly Pirates 2-0. A bad B-Movie ending, indeed. I am feeling a bit like a zombie now after witnessing these last 22 innings of mind-numbing baseball. Time to get some Z’s ….Sleep, that is…I will be avoiding the brain-sucking, bat-bashing zombies for tonight J