Painful Loss Sends Phils Back Further In NL East

Today’s Phillies – Twins match-up was both surprising and painful:

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The surprises were:

- Roy Halladay was not sharp for the second game in a row.  Not horrible by any means, but he did allow 4 runs (1 was unearned) over 8 innings.  But the 11 hits he gave up was most surprising.

- Another shocker, the only run of the game for the Phils came on a homer run by Wilson Valdez.  That is two days in a row for Valdez, now up to his 3 career homers in 4 years.

- Shane Victorino got sloppy and threw a ball away which led to a run.

- The offense, after 4 straight games of scoring at least 6 runs, went back to sleep.

The painful parts?  Everything else.

After a horrible loss last night with the bullpen blowing a 5-run lead, this loss hurt that much more.  The Phillies are now 5.5 games back of 1st place in the NL East and show no signs of busting out.

Here is some photographic evidence of how bad the Phillies are going.  Normally, it is very, very difficult to get a moving ball in a photo, especially when I am shooting from the stands, around bouncing heads and other obstacles.  I do a pretty good job at it most of the time.  But if I get a player hitting with the ball in the shot 3 times in 3 different at-bats, that usually means that player is not hitting the ball too hard.  Check out Jayson Werth today in 3 separate at-bats:

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This is another telling shot; either Justin Morneau is playing leap frog and trying to tag himself out, or someone made a very bad throw:

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And how about one more “Oh crap!” moment:

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In fact, this game was so bad, the Phillies pulled some odd entertainment out of their collective backsides just to distract the fans:

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Is this Big Foot?  Seriously, what the hell is this?  Oh, ok….they say it is a groundhog, like in Caddyshack.  See, the Phanatic is golfing…on the ball field.  Ok then.  Distraction noted…thanks.

Maybe they should hand a bat to Mr. Big Foot/Groundhog?  He cannot do much worse than the Phillies and the opposition will surely be confused by the move.  It’s official.  I am a genius.  Send in the Big Foot!

If anyone else has a better idea, I mean besides kidnapping Joe Mauer and putting him in red pinstripes, please call the Phils and let them know.  Thanks.

So here is the Photo Album from today’s disastrous 1-4 loss.  Think of it as another fun distraction and then go pour yourself a stiff drink.  I know I will.

 

Photos by Jenn Zambri Photography

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6 Comments

Bigfoot!? Funny! Yeah, what was with Doc today? He wasn’t bad, but not his usual self. I’m hoping that Werth starts to get it going again–his slump has gone on long enough!

http://raysfanboy.mlblogs.com/

Ouch, that really hurt, Jenn. I think we would be looking at this loss differently if they weren’t experiencing this calamity of events that have plagued the team. They keep on happening too. Let’s not forget Ruiz’s current injury. It was just a bad game. Bad games come and go. I’m still counting on the Phils getting their individual pieces together cohesively to make the outstanding team that they are . Certainly the talent is there! Perhaps they need to be close to the bottom in order to power through spectacularly to the top again. Whether they’re at the top or the bottom, I’m still going to be cheering for them. Barb
http://barbward.mlblogs.com

NO!!!? Not the old grounds crew and mascot mayhem routine!? Get the Taser!
mike
http://thebrooklyntrolleyblogger.mlblogs.com/

Halladay was human again? Shocking! Sounds like the kind of game you want to forget. The Yankees are playing one if those right now. Ugh.

http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

Nevermind the Phillies’ struggles… how bout that sweet camera action! Damn, Jenn, I am very impressed! Those Werth pics are fantastic!
–Jeff
http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/
http://mtrredstatebluestate.com

Yep was Groundhog Day, keep waking up and seeing the same thing, over and over again….it’s time the Braves got the crap beat out of them for at least 5 or 6 games in the next 10 and we know the Mets will just self destruct….

-peter
Phillies Outside

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