I woke up on my living room floor. I know that I saw Ryan Madson dispense of Miguel Montero to end the game and notch his twenty third save of the season. I know that I saw the Diamondbacks ruin a shut out with a mammoth home run by Paul Goldschmidt. Its times like these that I wish I could have arisen somewhere more interesting, like in the back seat of a moving car or in a dumpster, because sleeping on the floor when there is another more comfortable/more interesting option, makes me a little sad.
Regardless of where I woke up, the Phillies won another series. There was a two hour rain delay in the middle of this game. It was a shame because rookie Vance Worley was rebounding from his poor start against the Dodgers nicely by allowing one hit and striking out a pair in his three innings of work. Diamondback’s starter and 15 game winner Ian Kennedy did not fair quite as well. He allowed five hits and three runs before the rains came as the Phillies and mother nature denied him the opportunity to win more games than Roy Halladay.
David Herdon has quietly transformed from horrible, to passable. He took over for Worley and threw three innings of scoreless ball. Kyle Kendrick and Herndon represent the two weakest elements of the Philadelphia bullpen. They have 3.25 and 3.79 ERAs respectively. Somewhere Omar Daal quietly weeps.
The Phillies scored four runs on seven hits and quieted one of the hotter teams in baseball. John Mayberry Jr. hit a two run home run and Wilson Valdez avoided hitting into a double play by swatting a double for the second straight day. Raul Ibanez and Chase Utley each went 2-4 and Ross Gload went 0-4 in Ryan Howard’s stead. I am fairly certain that Ryan’s job is safe.
Livan Hernandez attempts to convince the Phillies that it is 1997 as he attempts to have another quality outing. Roy Oswalt plans to shoot him with a crossbow.