I told Stu, the Reading Eagle security guard and life-long Pirates fan, not to sweat it after the Phils clobbered Pittsburgh 12-1 to open this series. "They’ll probably get shut out next game," I said. "That’s how things go with the Phillies."
And sure enough.
I was down in Old City last night about a block from where Jason Michaels decked a cop. It was the closest I got to Phils action, so I can only comment on the box.
The first four hitters went 0-14. Jon Lieber left after one inning after taking a liner off his elbow. And there you have it.
So you be my eyes this morning. What did you see? Jimmy Rollins remains the leadoff hitter for some reason. How did he do? Hackity-hack-hack-hack from the looks of it. Out of the pen, Ryan Madson had a rough outing. That’s not good, especially since he’s the leading candidate to replace Vicente Padilla in the rotation.