I haven't experienced such a painfully gigantic waste of 3 hours since I was dragged to the movie theatre to view Meet Joe Black. Last night's game was apparently over before it started because the homeplate umpire decided to rewrite the rule book, Brett Myers continued his 1st inning pitfalls, and the Phillies offense continued to be a big ball of butt-substance.
*Myers walking the leadoff batter in the 1st inning, who later scored that inning. Overall he pitched well enough (4 runs, 3 earned in 7 innings) that the Phils could have easily won the game had they posted any run support, but his 1st inning meltdowns continue to be a concern and this time ruined him.
*Jayson Werth- check out his magnitude of maladies last night: error in the 1st inning, strikeout with a man on 3rd with less than one out, getting thrown out at 1st base on a fly ball, and 0-3 with men in scoring position. By the way, he now has struck out 16 times this postseason. If he's a full-time player next year, he very well might challenge Ryan Howard for space in the K-Watch.
*Speaking of scoring position, the Phils are now 1-28 in the series with men in scoring position (0-13 Game 1, 1-15 Game 2), with the lone hit being an infield single that didn't even score a damn run.
*I'm not sure why we even bother having a DH, because Greg Dobbs and Chris Coste have been atrocious. Dobbs watched 3 strikes zing by with a runner on 3rd with 1 out, then swung at 3 balls out of the strikezone to k with a runner of 3rd with only 1 out. Brett Myers would have put in a better effort than that. Hell, Jim Abbot would have given a better effort than that.
*Jimmy Rollins and Pat Burrell are a combined 0-16. Enough said.
*Things are bad when Eric Bruntlett and Carlos Ruiz are the hitting highlights of the game.
*Homeplate Kerwin Danley was so bad last night that it was laughable. He called a Rays batter out on a 3rd strike then decided to reverse the call mid-arm pump. In the 9th Rollins was hit by a pitch and Danley told him he wasn't, although replay clearly showed he was. The calls were so disgustingly wrong, that even Buck and McCarver were crying foul. Both calls lead to a swing of runs, extra ones for the Rays, less runs for the Phils. Final score 4-2, you do the math.
All is not lost however, the Phils split the games at Tampa and now head home to Philly with the series tied 1-1. The Rays are a good team, but so are the Phillies, they're simply just not playing like one right now. I expect the Phils to take 2 out of 3 here at Philly then hoist the World Series trophy in the air back down in Florida sometime next week.