Monday, May 19, 2008
*Ryan Howard, after snapping his 8 game hit streak Saturday night wasted no time going deep in his first at bat Sunday afternoon. On the day, he collected 2 hits and upped his average to .191.
*Pat Burrell provided some 9th inning fireworks with a 2-out homerun to bring the Phils within 1 run of tying the game, then Chris Coste doubled but was stranded on 2nd when Eric Bruntlett struckout to end the game.
*Jimmy Rollins is back, and back with authority. Went 2-3 with 2 walks yesterday and his average is on the rise (.342) and he's hitting the ball all over the diamond, stealing bases, and making fantastic defensive plays.
*Chad Durbin was awesome for 3.2 innings in relief of Kyle Kendrick's rain shortened outing.
*Chad Durbin pitched like poop for 1/3 of an inning. As Lyle Overbay was standing in the on-deck circle Sarge talked about how he wasn't a homerun hitter despite his huge frame and was more of just a linedrive gap power kind of guy. Well, that gap power turned into a pinch-hit 3-run upperdeck homerun yesterday...good call Sarge, surprised ESPN isn't burning up your phone line trying to coax you into a contract.
*Jayson Werth was a man amoung boys Friday night belting 3 homeruns and 8 rbi. Naturally that means Charlie Manuel will have to make sure he's in the lineup for the rest of the month of May even though he may get cold, and cold he has gotten. Since those 3 consecutive homeruns, Werth has gone 0-8 with 5 k's. Werth succeeded Friday night because he was in the right situation, but starting him everyday against righties is not the right situation, and Charlie needs to go back to his original gameplan of platooning Werth/Jenkins and leaving Victorino in CF for the most part.
*Next time Manuel intentionally walks someone I'm going to intentionally boot him in the testicles. I wish there were a stat to tell me exactly how many times the Phils have intentionally walked a batter to have that same batter come around and score, because to me it seems to happen 90% of the time (ex: Matt Stairs yesterday during Rudy Seanez's awful 6th inning).
*The Phillies loaded the bases 3 times yesterday and nary a run...that's why you deserve to lose! Phils had 13 hits and 4 walks and only managed 5 runs, while the Jays had 6 hits and 4 walks scoring 6 times.
7:10 in DC with douchebag Brett Myers set to take on 1-hit wonder Tim Redding. Everyone remembers the gNats series win over the Phils to begin the '08 season, guess it's time for some revenge.