That was truly a beautiful game of baseball last night with two crafty veterans pitching for two teams in the thick of the playoff race. Luckily for Philly, Grand Pappy Moyer came out with the upperhand over Greg Maddux, as the Phils beat the Padres 8-2 pulling within 1 game of the NL Wild Card. Ryan Howard finally was awakened from his prolonged slump with 2 homeruns and 3 rbi. Jimmy Rollins and Pat Burrell contributed solo shots, while Shane Victorino had a pair of rbi, in what was an excellent display of offensive execution from the lineup top to bottom. Moyer went 7 strong innings while allowing 2 runs, and then 6-Finger-Ant came in for the final 2 innings and pitched brilliantly...then I woke up and saw the Phils lost 14-3 to the offensively challenged Padres. I guess this answers the question about the battle of the flawed- crappy hitting beats crappy pitching. Phils are now 3 games back of the Wild Card and playing some of their worst baseball of the season. Hope is disappearing and desperation is setting in while the chokers are rearing their ugly heads once again.
Clubhouse leader and Mensa member Charlie Manuel had this to say following the defeat, "We got to win some games. Everybody in the clubhouse knows that. We're playing the teams we have to catch. When they're beating you, no good can come from that." *He's so smart that he makes me feel like a lesser being. How does he come up with these clever quotes?
By the way, for those of you keeping count like me, that was the 14th time this season that our prestigious and highly lauded pitching staff has surrendered a 10 Spot.
All the Difference:
*With the various 173 disabled players the Phillies currently have on the DL naturally someone would be doing a rehab. Spotlight of Chase Utley and Adam Eaton as they each played for Double A Reading last night. Utley is a difference maker and was possibly on his way to this season's MVP award until and errant pitch broke his hand and put him out of action for a month. He went 1-6 in the double header, and as much as I love Chase, I'm afraid the Phils are digging themselves into a hole that even he can't get them out of. Then there's Adam Eaton, who went 2 innings and gave up 2 runs...sounds like what he does at the MLB level. In fact when Sarge saw Eaton's line he laughed and said, "Well, looks like he's already back in form."...damn, got dissed by Sarge! Honestly, Eaton will fit in perfectly with our current rotation as it's arguably the worst in baseball.