In the first inning of today’s Phillies – Pirates match-up, Chase Utley hit a solo home run off Paul Maholm; it was the first homer hit off the Pirate by a lefty all season. But after that, you may as well have taken a long nap because pretty much nothing happened all game until the 9th inning. I did come up with a few ways to pass the time though:
– Note all the different facial expressions Cole Hamels made each time a ball was called that he felt was a strike.
– Debate who is hotter: Utley or the poor guy in the Parrot/Pirate costume.
– Count the smudges on my TV screen
– Explain to my cat what a balk is
– Wonder why the cat wandered off mid-explanation
– Make a loud clicking noise with my tongue until I have annoyed myself
But it was actually a relief to see Cole Hamels have a boring game; boring is a nice change of pace for the lefty who has been pummeled all season-long. Tonight, Cole pitched 8 strong innings of scoreless baseball. He gave up 7 hits and 2 walks, but worked out of jams with relative ease. Is the old Hamels back? That remains to be seen, but this was certainly a good sign.
The Phillies had a rally going in the 9th inning, but again failed to score as Pedro Feliz decided that balls in the dirt were looking pretty good. So, with Brad Lidge on ice after 4 straight games and a disaster last night, Ryan Madson was given the nod to save the game. But while the Curse of Billy Penn seems to be over, the Curse of the Bullpen is not. This time it was Madson’s turn to BLOW the save! AAARRRGGGGHHHHH! A solo homer tied the game and sent it onto extra innings.
But luckily, Ryan Howard was having none of that; he blasted a 3-run shot in the 10th to give the Phillies a 4-1 lead. And then Madson was given a second chance to redeem himself. Pitching the bottom of the 10th inning, Madson did allow a lead-off hit, which he replied to with various forms of the “F” word and other assorted expletives. But after that, he got the three outs he needed and the Phillies won. Hamels did not get the win as a result of the blown save, which was the real shame of it, but a win is a win :O)
One more game with the Bucos! JA Happ will take the mound tomorrow at 7:05pm and try to make us all Happ-Y!
Photo by Jenn
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