Back to life, back to reality. Back to life, back to the present time. Back from a fantasy, yeah. (Back to Life by Soul II Soul)
Reality Bites! 3 game sweep of Braves over. Dominant offense vanished, as situational hitting rears is ugly head yet again. Phils ego-trip squashed. Relentless booing of Rod Barajas begins. Freddy Garcia finally pitches well and we still don't win. Ryan Madson shows his true form? Ryan Howard is swatting with authority. Greg Dobbs is on fire. Abe Nunez hits weak ground balls. Pat Burrell only walks. Chase Utley can't hit the slow hook from a lefty. Our bullpen is shaky.
What is the Phils reality? Their reality is blurred. This team is still mediocre record-wise, but has been playing exceedingly better since the first 3 weeks of the season. Things seems to be improving. The rotation has been pleasantly solid. The offense looks more formidable with the insertion of Howard. The bench is playing well (Werth, Bourn, Dobbs). Even the bullpen stands to get better when Myers and Gordon return. So, even though last night was a loss, I'm actually not mad. They almost fought back and won the game, showing some gumption. Garcia's performance was yet another strong outing from a Phillies starting pitcher. If he continues to pitch like that, he'll get some wins. 3 big spots in the game: 1) Utley striking out with Rollins on 3rd with 1 out in the 1st inning. 2) Garcia grounding into an inning ending double play with the bases loaded. 3) Madson giving up the two costly insurance runs in the 9th. I'm staying positive though, as it was only one game. Phils can still take the next 2 from Arizona and make the series a success.