Thursday, April 5, 2007

Groundhog Day: Phillies vs. Braves Game 2.

Phil? Phil Conners? Phil Connors, I thought that was you! I swear tonight's game was like a scene out of the movie Groundhog Day. As soon as Brian McCann hit that 2-run home run in the top of the 9th to tie the game, it was like Monday all over again. I swore I just saw this happen a couple of days ago. Last time I saw this, Pop Pop Manuel put Ryan Madson in the game, and he lost the game for the Phils. No.. this can't be. Madson is coming in to start the top of 10th. Phil? Phil Conners? Then the Cher and Sonny song "I got you babe" starts up. Then it came to fruition just like I knew it would. Madson blew the game...again. This was a boring game up till the 8th inning when the Phils went up 2-0. Now there was a chain of events that toke place that ultimately cost the Phillies two runs if not more, and the game. First, after Shane Victorino hits a double knocking in JRoll to go up 2-0 with one out, he decides to get cute. He tries stealing third but stutter steps before he starts to run, out. Next, Ryan Howard walks.Then, Chase Utley comes up to bat and hits a double, and Howard was given the sign to take home. Now, I'm not the smartest guy around, but Ryan Howard is a big guy. He's not very fast or nimble, bam, thrown out at the plate. Right there, those two mistakes cost the Phils one run, if not two. It was terrible to watch. It was bad baseball. So now Flash comes in to save the day and gives up a two run homer to send it to extra innings. Next lets pull Flash, cause he's earned his paycheck after throwing for a half an inning giving up the lead, and put in the worst pitcher in our bullpen, Ryan Madson. Game over. The Phillies have beaten themselves in two straight games. Now you can say its only the first two games and they have a whole season, but these games when they start beating themselves are what is going to haunt them come September. It happened last season and it will happen again. The Phillies lost the Wild Card last year by 4 games. Out of 162 games, the Phillies playoff hopes came down to 4 games. Think about that. There are way to many good teams in the NL, and not enough playoff spots to be throwing games like this. I have full confidence that they can turn it around quickly, but the question isn't can they, it's will they?

Side Notes:

"The (Spring Training) Natural" Roy Hobbs made his second appearance of the season and flied out with his only at bat. Hobbs is 0-2 so far this season.

Michael Bourn also made a brief appearance as a pinch runner and went o-2 in the game.

The Phillies left 8 men on base.

Cole Hamels pitched 7 shut out innings only giving up 4 hits and had 8 strike outs. All that hard work for nothing.

Madson is officially 0-2 this season. He has a ERA of 9.0 for the season.

Ryan Howard will be appearing on the David Letterman Show
next week.

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