Is it just me or do the Phillies seem to always find a way to come crashing down and erase any good vibes fans are feeling about the team? I know it's only a 2 game losing streak, but those 2 games have been to the Phils' biggest competitor- the Florida Marlins. Let's take a look at what good has been erased over the past two days.
Good- Cole Hamels striking out 13 Marlins over 8 innings while giving up only 2 runs via 3 hits and 1 walk to drop his era to 3.27.
Erased- Tom Gordon and his inability to get outs. The Phils tied the game in the top of the 9th to watch Gordon implode in the bottom of the 9th by catering the Marlins fans (all 3 of them) to a walk-off granny by stumpy Dan Uggla.
Good- Chase Utley supplying the offense for the Phils by knocking in both runs last night upping his season total to 58.
Erased- Carlos Ruiz grounding into two double plays last night to see his batting average fall to .221 and OPS to a minor league demotion worthy .601.
Good- Ryan Howard coming out of his season long slump to see his average "up" to .214 entering Tuesday's game.
Erased- Ryan Howard going 0-7 with 3 k's in the first two games of this series to dismiss any rumors of an emergence from the depths of ineptitude, shoving him right back down towards that dreaded .200 mark (.208).
Good- Evening the score at 2-2 in the 9th off of Marlins' closer Kevin Gregg because of his sloppiness and having the bases loaded with 2 outs with one of our most patient batters stepping to the plate in the form of Jayson Werth.
Erased- Jayson Werth attempting to bunt his way on. Seriously? The bases were loaded, Gregg walked 2 men and hit a batter in the inning and Werth bunts at the first pitch...that deserves a verbal thrashing.
Good- Sweeping the Braves in Atlanta reaching 13 games over .500 and owning a 4 game lead on the Marlins heading into Tuesday night's game.
Erased- Losing the first 2 games of the series and watching the NL East division lead dwindle to 2 games.
Grand Pappy Moyer please save this series for the Phils and continue your lifetime dominance over them (8 games started, 8 wins, 3.51 era, 1.09 whip).