Ironically, three outs is all you could ask from Ryan Madson the last two seasons.
Madson (1-1 8.36 ERA) waited nearly two years to bury the ghost of his first career start in 2004, in which he went 2-3 innings against the White Sox, allowed six runs before leaving with the bases loaded.
On Thursday, he recorded just three outs in a miserable 10-4 loss to Washington, tagged with nine runs and seven hits. After the game, Madson said the game spiraled out of control quickly and he could not recover, indicating a pitcher still making a mental transition back into a starting role.
The Phillies must win the next two games to ensure a winning homestand. They’ll try to do it against right-hander Jason Jennings (1-0, 5.40 ERA), continuing the trend of faceless starting pitching the Phils have seen during this homestand.
What can be worse than ‘faceless' pitching? Oh, right. Phillies pitching.