Howard Ejected, Oswalt In Left For 16-Inning Loss

In a strange turn of events last night, the Phillies lost a 4-2 game to the Astros in 16 innings that took 5 hours and 20 minutes to play.  The game started with an outstanding effort, again, by Cole Hamels who allowed just 2 runs.  But as has been the case all year, Hamels got no help.


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The Phillies offense scored only 1 run off Bud Norris who entered the game with a 5.23 ERA.  The one run was a Raul Ibanez double that scored Jayson Werth.  Not only are they not hitting, the Phils are striking out at a record pace lately.  Adding to the problem, Jimmy Rollins even got thrown out trying to steal 3rd base.  Most of the few hits they got came with 2 outs and the next batter could not capitalize.

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Rollins tried to redeem himself with a game-tying homer in the 9th that sent the game into extra innings.  But as in the first 9, the Phillies still did not hit.  Both teams’ bullpens got a workout though and both performed well.  15 pitchers were used in total for both teams.

 

There were some nice defensive plays in the game; most notably two double plays, one of which Rollins started from the ground to toss to Chase Utley:

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The real drama occurred when in the 14th inning, umpire Scott Barry, acted like a child, which led to the ejection of Ryan Howard from the game.  Howard put his hands on his hips in disgust as a check swing was called a strike.  Barry in response mimicked Howard’s action by placing his hands on his hips and gawking childishly at Howard.  Howard told the home plate ump he was mad at himself, not at Barry.  The kindergarten move by Barry was unprofessional, uncalled for and outright disgusting.  

As a result, the already annoyed Howard tossed his bat after being called out on another check swing.  He was mad, and with good reason.  Replay shows the bat never crossed the plate and Howard should not have been called out.  But Barry, still in 3-year old mode, took offense to the bat toss and ejected him.  But this should have been an equipment fine, not an ejection.  However, the infantile Barry made up his own rules.  Check out the VIDEO.  Here are a few game shots of Howard:

0824 Howard.jpgBarry, 31, is a minor league call-up who just started his 4th year of AAA ball umpiring.  This is the same ump who tossed Charlie Manuel from the game on Monday night after another BS call.  And on August 18th, the same umpire ejected the National’s Ryan Zimmerman for tossing his bat and helmet after striking out.  Zimmerman said nothing but Barry ejected him anyway for the first ejection of his career.  Again, this should have been an equipment fine, not an ejection.

This minor leaguer is a disgrace to all umpires and he should be fired for his childish actions.  Barry is the kind of ump who gives all the good ones a bad rap.  But as usual, NO umpires are EVER held accountable for their actions.  It is a real shame and a serious blemish on the game of baseball.

All that drama led to the Phillies not having ANY players left.  As a result, starting pitcher Roy Oswalt was put in to play left field; it was the first time since Bill Wilson on Aug. 6, 1971 that any pitcher had been made to play another position.  Raul Ibanez, having some experience at first base, was moved to take Howard’s place.

And of course, the first batter of the 15th inning hit the ball right to Oswalt who snagged the fly ball easily and had a nice giggle over it.  Ibanez did a descent job at first, considering he has not played there in years.  He did drop a ball in the 16th, but no one can really blame Ibanez for the loss.  Same goes for relief pitcher David Herndon who gave up 2 runs that inning.  He got all ground balls, they were just hit in odd places.

I was at the game for the first 9 innings but having to get up early for work today, I did not stay for extras.  I listened on the radio in the car and then saw the last 3 innings on TV at home.  Here is the full Photo Album from the first 9 innings.

 

As for tonight, the Phillies had better find their bats if they are going to avoid losing this 4-game series to the Astros.  Roy Halladay will pitch against former Phillie JA Happ who will be in another uniform in Philly for the first time.  Game time is 7:05pm.

 

Photos by Jenn Zambri Photography

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6 Comments

So if you left after nine, were you home in time to see the 14th inning debacle? Too bad there is not a way to eject the ump, because Barry should have been tossed too! That was so obviously NOT a swing on the third strike. I think Barry had made up his mind that he was going to ring him up on anything even remotely resembling a swing. So frustrating!
Sue
Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts

Yup, I made it home for the 14th…luckily no traffic :O) Watched the replay several times…it is disgraceful.

Jenn: Even though that umpire was an idiot, I think Howard should have controlled himself. He’s a big boy, he should be able to. In a way, he cost the Phillies the game.
-Virginia
http://southernbelle.mlblogs.com

I hadn’t read about the game until just now, Jenn. Wow. Talk about drama!

- http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

So Werth just hit a homer, was checking to see if the ump was going to say it was just a double or something…LOL I think the Ump should be thanking those that stopped howard getting to him, even mild mannered men can lose it when an ump makes such bad calls night after night…

-peter

Phillies Outside

Weird, strange and bizarre all in one!
mike
http://thebrooklyntrolleyblogger.mlblogs.com/

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