Houston: We Have A Problem
And the problem is that you have beaten the Phillies 3 games in a row; the first one was a blow-out, the second one is on Brad Lidge, the worst closer in baseball and yesterday’s loss came at the hands of Cole Hamels who got little help from his offense. While this mission has been a total failure, much like the Apollo 13, the Phillies have one more chance at a small amount of redemption this afternoon in Game 4 of the series with the Astros.
Hamels pitched 6 innings in the loss and gave up 4 runs on 8 hits and 2 walks. The most damage was done by ex-Phillie, Michael Bourn who went 2 for 4, stole 2 bases and scored twice. Hamels had Bourn picked off both times he stole but the first time, Jimmy Rollins dropped the ball and the second time, Bourn was milliseconds too fast. It was a very frustrating day for Hamels as the Astros wiped their backsides with him all game long.
Rollins led the game off with a homerun, but it was mostly downhill from there for the offense. The only bright spots at the plate came from the Rollins homer, a solo shot from Ben Francisco and Raul Ibanez went 2 for 4 and looks like he might be ready to break out of his slump. Jayson Werth also hit a solo homer that looked like a fan reached out and grabbed it; the umpires called it a homer and no one argued. It would not have mattered anyway as the Phillies went down 3-4.
A few more September call-ups were added yesterday, although it remains to be seen how much help they will be. John Mayberry Jr. and Kyle Kendrick flew in from Allentown, PA late on Saturday after the Iron Pigs game. Here they are at about 7pm that evening getting ready for the Pigs game:
Personally, I was hoping they would call up Mike Cervenak instead of Mayberry; Cervenak is batting .307 and currently ranks 6th in batting in the International League. Plus, he was the Phillies during the playoff run last season. Mayberry only batted .256 in AAA this year.
So the Phillies final chance to avoid total humiliation at the hands of the Astros will be at 2:05pm this afternoon. JA Happ gets the start – good luck to him!
Photos by Jenn