Someone help. There's pie in my face.
The best I can do is read the box score, but somehow I know exactly what happened. The Phils faced their worst nemisis today: a crappy left-hander. Kaz Ishii got his second win this afternoon, tying his second-longest outing of the season going 6 2-3, holding the Phils to one run until the seventh inning.
Meanwhile, the Phils are now stranding runners at an alarming clip, including nine this afternoon. That's the story of the series loss in my opinion.
I missed the game, but driving home the hot topic on WIP radio was Bobby Abreu failing to deliver in the ninth. In my book, Abreu is a run-scoring machine, a presence the major media outlets underappreciate. Listening to the radio guys discount his "stats," like stats are so irrelevant, represents the small-town approach that drives serious and educated baseball fans to alternative media.
The argument today was whether or not Abreu is a star, and this series was great helium to inflate the giant head of Howard Eskin. Abreu also made the last out Tuesday, and Eskin has long championed the notion that
minority athletes are inferior to whites Abreu can't "carry" a team.
Eskin believes Abreu isn’t a star because a star must rise to the occasion in big spots, and with Bobby, those dramatic moments are few and far between.
I would agree 100 percent actually, but he's a star in my book based on the number of runs he creates. In order to win, you need runs, and that’s what he does – puts nine Phillies in great shape to win ballgames. The negativity toward things like taking the first pitch doesn't even make sense anymore.