Opportunity Lost As Cards Tie Series
So far in this NLDS, two of the Phillies heralded four aces have been hugely disappointing. In Game 2, Cliff Lee gave up 5 runs in 6 innings. Tonight in Game 4, Roy Oswalt did exactly the same.
Those two starts, and even yesterday’s Game 3 win, only served to amplify another Phillies major issue: the offense. The bats have been mostly quiet in every game except the first one. The Phillies snuck by with 3 runs for a win in Game 3 thanks only to a Ben Francisco homer.
It looked like the Phils might put a hurting on the Cardinals early tonight, scoring two quick runs in the 1st. But instead of piling on, Ryan Howard struck out and on the same pitch, Hunter Pence got nailed going to second, although on replay, he was safe. No matter, because that one strike out / throw out killed the rally and the offense died after that.
The slow, painful death of the Phils offense this postseason could signal the premature end of their playoff run. Even with Roy Halladay to pitch in the final Game 5 of the NLDS on Friday, if the Phils do not score, what Halladay does will not matter.
The only light moment in tonight’s disgusting loss was the reappearance of the Busch Stadium squirrel. The BS Squirrel enjoyed a run around the field in Game 3. In Game 4, he interrupted an Oswalt pitch by running straight across home plate.
The umpire had no sympathy for Oswalt. Shocking, I know.
The Phillies will head back home, in a 2-2 series tie. Friday night is a case of win or go home…start praying that the Phillies find their bats before then.
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