The Phillies entered the ninth inning down by 3 runs for the second game in a row against the NY Mets last night. However, they were unable to pull off an amazing 9th inning comeback rally like they did the night before. Closer Billy Wagner sat the line-up down in order to end the ballgame and tie the Phillies for first place in the NL East going into today’s 12:10pm afternoon game.
In Brett Myers return from AAA, he went 5 innings and gave up 3 runs on 3 hits and 5 walks. After a very shaky first inning where he walked 4 batters in a row and gave up 2 runs, he began to settle in. His curveball had some great movement on it, his fastball location was much better and he did not get hit too hard. Overall, it was an improvement. Not great, but better. Actually, I think Charlie Manuel pulled him out of the game too soon. He had just begun to look comfortable when suddenly, there’s Ryan Madson pitching the 6th inning. Obviously, that was a mistake as Madson gave up the 3-run homer that eventually cost them the game. Not to say that Myers could not have done the same, but I think he should have at least been sent out in the 6th and given a shot at it.
Offensively, this team has obviously had something slipped into their Kool-Aid.
Everyone else hits John Maine, why can’t we? Maine is like the punching bag of the NL East, but put him in front of the Phillies and he looks like he’s tossing magic invisible balls up there. Six hits is all the Phillies could muster. Even Superman Chase Utley is 0 for 8 in this series. If they can’t pick it up this afternoon, they are in real trouble. Maybe they should switch from spiked Kool-Aid to Snapple – it’s all-natural J Good luck team – Go Phillies!