A Very Bad Day


locusts.jpgIt was a bad, bad, bad day for the Phillies; Raul Ibanez was put on the 15-day disabled list to start it off.  He has a strained left groin.  Then, a not-so-fun mix of bad pitching and sleepy defense led to a sweep at the hands of the Toronto Blue Jays.  What’s next?  The players get eaten by a swarm of locusts?  It’s a famine and plague of biblical proportions.

John Mayberry Jr. was called up to replace Ibanez and he had an interesting day; a home run, an assist to nail a runner at the plate, but he also made a huge mistake by taking his eyes off Scott Rolen who turned a single into a double on the goof and wound up scoring as a result.  Then again, Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley did the exact same thing earlier in the game to help a Blue Jay advance to second after a walk.  And even worse than that, Pedro Feliz committed his 4th error of the year on what should have been an easy double play ball in the 8th inning.  That turned Clay Condrey’s day into a real nightmare; Condrey allowed 1 earned run and 1 unearned on 3 hits and a walk without even recording an out.  Ouch!

Aside from all that, Joe Blanton continued the trend of Phillies starters totally sucking…he lasted only 5 1/3 innings and allowed 4 runs on 9 hits and a walk.  And so the bullpen was sent out there once again to blow the small, one run lead.  With their “job” completed and the Jays now having a 7-5 lead, the Phillies came to bat in the bottom of the 8th with the locusts still swarming…


Thumbnail image for P5103192 Dobbs.jpgGreg Dobbs
, who apparently has no fear of insects, smacked a solo home run to get the game within 1 run.  Dobbs passed the torch to Rollins, who hit a double and then Shane Victorino drove him in – game tied, 7-7.

But hey, have no fear Jay’s fans…the bullpen WILL blow it AGAIN!  Ryan Madson gave up a solo home run to Rod Barajas, the first batter of the 9th inning, after having him in a 0-2 hole in the count.  So the Phillies entered the 9th inning down 8-7.

Utley walked; Ryan Howard (give ya 3 guesses and the 1st two don’t count)….yup!  Struck out!  Jayson Werth flied out and then Feliz got a base hit.  That brought Mayberry to the plate with a chance for the rookie to play the hero – but no such luck.  He popped out and that ended an excruciating day for the Phillies.  I have nothing left to say except – AAARRRRRGGGGHHHHH!  Now please excuse me while I get horribly drunk and pass out…

Dobbs Photo – Jenn

 

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6 Comments

I hope that Ibanez is back soon.

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Jenn,
Ibanez is not having a great June right now. First he had the Philadelphia Inquirer poke him in the rib with the web blogger fiasco, then he goes down for the count for about 15 days.
I am actually thinking maybe your teams needs to get a few of those World Series bobbleheads from the Clearwater Threshers and use them like Jobu dolls in the Bullpen for good luck.
But the wild thing about InterLeague is that everyone is equal most of the nights. But we love it becuase we do not get to see some of the NL stars every year, but every 5 years they can be seen on our telecasts or in the Trop.

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

Jenn,
Ibanez is not having a great June right now. First he had the Philadelphia Inquirer poke him in the rib with the web blogger fiasco, then he goes down for the count for about 15 days.
I am actually thinking maybe your teams needs to get a few of those World Series bobbleheads from the Clearwater Threshers and use them like Jobu dolls in the Bullpen for good luck.
But the wild thing about InterLeague is that everyone is equal most of the nights. But we love it because we do not get to see some of the NL stars every year, but every 5 years they can be seen on our telecasts or in the Trop.

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

Every team has weeks like this..it’s a long season. More importantly though is that the Mets are just as bad right now.

And get off Madson’s back. Did you see the pitch he threw Barajas?

Julia – thanks!
RR- I may suggest the Jobu dolls to them :O) Ha!!
Berts36 – Didn’t realize I was on anyone’s back…just stating the facts. We all realize that s*hit happens in baseball…didn’t know that I had to put a disclaimer as such on everything I write ;o) Thanks – noted.

Jenn, so sorry to read about Ibanez. I know how hot he’s been and what a huge contribution he’s been making this season. But your big guns will step up!

http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

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