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It looks like the run explosion from the Phillies offense in Arizona was really just a desert mirage after all. Because against the Cubs tonight, they went right back to their losing ways.
The game started out promising with runners on first and third with no outs. But that short, 5 minute elation was squashed quickly by two straight pop-ups from Jimmy Rollins and Hunter Pence plus a ground out from Shane Victorino. Those three hitters, the core of the Phillies current line-up, combined to go 0-for-12 on the night.
And that first inning set the tone. The only run the Phillies scored was a solo homer from Ty Wigginton. If you had told me at the start of the season that Wigginton would be the Phillies best hitter, I would have said that this team was in really big trouble. Wigginton was acquired to be a bench guy. But because he is the only one hitting, he is now a starter, batting .327 with a 12-game hitting streak.
And that is where the good news ends.
Roy Halladay had a little trouble tonight, but he still only allowed 3 runs over 7 innings. It was certainly enough for a win.
By the ninth inning, down 3-1, the Phillies defense added to the disaster as well. Pence over ran a ball, allowing a Cubs run to score. Then Rollins followed suit, missing a ground ball and another run scored. Knowing this offense was already dead in the water, those plays sealed the deal and the Phils lost by a 5-1 score.
This is such a disheartening loss that I cannot imagine what to say at this point. So, I will go with….Go Flyers! Yeah, it is that bad. I have resorted to hockey. *Sigh*
Game 2 with the Cubs: 7:05pm Saturday.
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Happy Bunny by Jim Benton