The See-Saw Ride From Hell

Have you ever noticed how a player on your favorite team seems like an Angel in the right uniform?  
Rodrigo Lopez.jpg
But when he goes to another team, he becomes the Devil.  Such is the case with Rodrigo Lopez who pitched for the Phillies last year and went to the Diamondbacks for 2010.  Lopez started the game against the Phillies today and pitched 6 innings, allowing 6 runs.  So, while we thank him for the 6 runs, sadly, he would only have earned his wings back if he gave us about 15 runs.

Because it looked like the Phillies were going to need 15 runs to win this one.  Kyle Kendrick started out pitching really well, but that only lasted 4 innings.  By the 5th, Kendrick had returned to his old ways, leaving balls way up in the hitter’s happy-zones and before you knew it, 5 runs had crossed the plate.  Kendrick was pulled after 5 innings and his outing turned into a huge disappointment.

The offense tried to keep pace and by the top of the 6th, they had gone ahead of the D-Backs by a score of 6-5.  Greg Dobbs hit a 2-run homer in the first, Ross Gload had 2 hits and an RBI and Carlos Ruiz gave them the lead with a 2-out, 2-run single. 

The line-up tonight was a bit odd, with Gload and Dobbs in the 1 & 2 spots and Wilson Valdez at short stop.   Juan Castro is still nursing a sore hamstring;  Shane Victorino sat in order to re-group as he has not been hitting lately; and Dobbs took 3rd base for Placido Polanco.  Polly has not looked the same since getting hit in the elbow with a pitch.

So if the Phillies were going to pull out a series win, they were going to have to depend on the back-up players and also hope that the pitching would hold up.  The back-ups did their job; the pitchers did not.

After Kendrick’s disastrous 5th inning, Danys Baez could not hold the lead.  He gave up 1 run in the 7th to tie the game at 6-6.  David Herdon got into trouble in the 8th; with no outs, Raul Ibanez threw a runner out going home and Ruiz held onto the ball for the out.  Herndon got a second chance, but he blew it.  A 1-out double scored the go-ahead run and then the hits kept coming.  By the end of the inning, the Phillies were down by a score of 6-8 and only 1 inning left to get back in it.

And as expected with this suddenly unpredictable offense, the Phillies fell short in the 9th and went down 6-8.  Having lost this series 1 game to 2, the Phillies have a lot of issues to address, not the least of which is starting pitching.  One man does not a rotation make and Roy Halladay can only win 1 game every five days.   Kendrick and Cole Hamels need to get their act together…fast.  Joe Blanton and JA Happ had better get well soon and Jamie Moyer is holding his own in the 5th spot.

see-saw ride.jpgAn even bigger issue is the bullpen; their performance has varied from inconsistent to just plain awful.  A lot of the pen pitchers, like Baez, seem to have a one game on, one game off thing going on.  It is like the see-saw ride from hell.  You just never know which end is going to be up or down and when.

And now the Phillies are heading to San Francisco to face the Giants red-hot pitching staff.  With all the injuries and inconsistent performances, the Phillies may be headed into big, big trouble.  And Trouble is called Jonathan Sanchez and Tim “I have 2 Cy Youngs” Lincecum.  The first game of the series starts tomorrow at 10:15pm.  Bust out the bottle of Tums; this is going to be interesting.

 

Player photos by Jenn Zambri Photography except Lopez as a D-Back; MLB.com

 

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6 Comments

Good luck. They whizzed us. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but be glad ya don’t have to face Barry Zito. Jeesh.
–Jeff
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it looked as though they had lost interest while in AZ, the changed line up yesterday, was okay but i think the missing JRoll is a major factor…. I’m not sure Herndon is going to work out, I thought he might at first, but it seems they keep him because of the rule 5 thing, and Baez is turning into an unknown where you wouldn’t want to use him in a close game… Lets hope it’s more fun in San Fran and the old Phillies offense comes to life…

-peter
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Good idea getting the Tums out. Facing a two time Cy Young Award winner is no picnic, but he could have an off day, right?

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Your facing Sanchez (1-1) and Wellemeyer (0-3) first, so not quite as scary. Lincecum will be there the last day though, but if we only win when he’s pitching, we’re not gonna win that much!

I can relate. Alex Rios has some definable devil-like qualities right now. For a while, the Jays went with Halladay on 4 four days rest. That was close to the end of the year when we were in the Wildcard hunt. 2006 I believe. Then Kevin Mench pinged a ball off Halladay’s leg fracturing it, and ending Halladay and Jays season in the process. Kevin Mench is the devil, even when played for the Jays later in his career.
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the Phils staff stacks up a little bit better than the giants. both have fun pitchers to watch
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