Playing on the road, with Brad Penny on the hill and the Black Hole sinking to new depths, a 2-1 deficit could have been 12-1. I rolled over, hit the light, switched off the game and removed my pants.
No pants in summer.
While my pale blogger rear end reflected off the glass of an abandoned game, the Phils were lighting up the scoreboard three time zones away. Except for the handful of red-eyed insomniacs who post on Phillies Phans, few got to see the improbable road hero, Pat Burrell, take Steve Schmoll down town – simply because that’s what box-jawed power hitters do to sidearm pitchers named Steve Schmoll.
I was disappointed to read such apathy toward this win. It should give them some momentum for the rest of this series. They’ll need it, with sinker-baller Derek Lowe up next, followed by crafty left-hander Odalis Perez.
For seven innings (with pants), the game followed the familiar script: A good pitcher choked the Phils through two-thirds of a game. Robinson Tejeda walked a lot of guys but didn’t get burned and forced anxious hitters to chase bad pitches. The Black Hole was on its way to sucking another game into oblivion.
When Ryan Howard led off the seventh with a single, I knew David Bell would follow by hitting into a double play, and he did. Something tells me those who watched Daily News Live last night also felt the same, dark vibe.
Alas, the Phils earned the victory in spite of Bell and Lieberthal, upping their record when batting consecutively to 20-29 for the season. Meanwhile, 2,700 miles away, a left cheek is scratched.
I’m referring to Oscar Robles, a left-handed version of a former Phillie who’s playing in Detroit. The Dodgers plucked Robles from Mexico, where he was hitting about .400. He doesn’t have power, but I like his nice even swing.
I also dig outfielder Jason Repko’s hard play, though his advanced stats tell me there’s little substance behind the flashy glove. I’ve seen both Robles and Repko all but four times, so I’ll trust in the stat houses for a better, Billy Beane take.
From the 6-4-2 Los Angeles baseball blog, they’re sick of the Dodgers' schmolly bullpen:
What a mess the bullpen is, and Broxton is part of the problem. I'd suggest sending him back down, but it's not gonna work because of the overall thinness at the major league level. Ready or not, here he bombs, with a 10.38 ERA. Yeah, I know Schmoll really lost the game and deserved to given the five earned runs he coughed up, but man, this was pathetic.
Also out west, a couple of bloggers reviewed the Seattle debut of Felix "King" Hernandez. It appears the hype is legit.