There are 27 outs in a baseball game. Use them well. The Phillies hope to embrace that basic rule tonight in Baltimore.
Sometimes, a simple statement like that says it all, yet I have serious doubts something so simple has been uttered by anyone wearing a Phillies uniform this season.
David Dellucci ... guilty: Tagged out easily after he was caught between first and second on an RBI single.
David Bell ... guilty: Taps into rally-killing double play with two pitches to play with, just as the Phillies were on the verge of getting back into the game.
That’s an inning worth of outs right there.
Meanwhile, Ryan Madson (7-4, 6.40 ERA) hopes for a little more than an inning worth of outs himself in his third second chance in the starting rotation. He’ll face right-hander Rodrigo Lopez (6.45 ERA).
David Dellucci takes Pat Burrell’s place in left field. Bobby Abreu takes a turn at DH as Shane Victorino will play right. David Bell finally sits. Abe Nunez starts at third.