I think it would be more fun to watch this than to watch the Phillies offense right now.
The only good thing about this game is that Roy Oswalt did not take the loss. His fastball sat around 93 MPH throughout and he commanded it really well in his five innings of work. He gave up one run on a play at the plate that Dane Sardinha should make, but the fact that he is Dane Sardinha worked against him in this instance. There was some concern about Roy’s back based on his lackluster rehab start in single a Clearwater, but he eased some fears with his strong outing tonight.
The offense looked like you would expect when they face a tough lefty in Jamie Garcia; terrible. Garcia kept the Phils off balance and generally apathetic through most of the game. It looked like he was going to pitch a shutout until defensive replacement Tyler Greene dropped a pop up by Jimmy Rollins. Michael Martinez followed with a single and Placido Polanco drove in Rollins with a sacrifice fly. To reiterate, the Phillies scored one unearned run on a dropped pop up. That is one of two runs that they have scored in the last two games.
In the bottom of the ninth with the score tied, the Phillies turned the game over to Danys Baez. What happens when Baez pitches in high leverage situations? SInce no one can answer me through the interwebs, I will answer for you. He gives up a hit to the first three batters he faces loading the bases with no outs. Baez got Matt Holliday to ground to short to record one out, then was replaced by J.C. Romero. My wife asked me why I wasn’t swearing and freaking out like I normally do when the Phillies lose. My answer was based on the extremely small amount of faith I have in the person of Danys Baez. If this guy is with the team when the injured relievers come off the disabled list, there is no justice. J.C. Romero gave up the game winning single to Lance Berkman on his first pitch. Game over 2-1.
In addition to losing the game, the Phils lost promising young reliever Michael Stutes who left the game with a right side injury.
This was yet another nei-unwatchable shit bag of a baseball game. It was just awful.
Tomorrow the Phillies welcome the Colorado Rockies. Cole Hamels takes the hill versus Jorge De La Rosa. Things have to get better don’t they?