West Coast trips mean 10 p.m. starts, fine for the weekends, not as good for a Thursday. With Adam Eaton on the mound, the prospect of a late-night loss didn’t keep some readers away.
For viewers on the West Coast, last night’s game offered the first glimpse of the Phils in prime time, and for those who stayed awake back East, they were rewarded with a wild win.
I wasn't among them. If you would have told me Eaton would allow six runs over five innings, Ryan Howard would go 0-for-5 with four strikeouts and the offense would be held without a homer, I wouldn't have bothered checking the morning score. Instead, I saw two crooked numbers in the line score, "4" in the second inning, "5" in the fourth. The other noteworthy digit was a "1," placed to the right of "S: B. Myers." Phillies win 9-7.
What can you say about Adam Eaton? At least they’re scoring runs for him. Keep it going, Phillies, because you’re stuck with him. The 29-year-old right-hander came to the team with a reputation for presenting an uncomfortable at bat. That hasn’t happened. Aside from one game against the Mets, with the temperature in the 40s, he’s been horrid.
Like the rest of the game, I can only offer conjecture on Howard’s night at the plate. I will, however, offer this harsh truth. A box score like that, along with his .205 BA and 36 strikeouts in 88 at bats, is what some officials predicted early in Howard’s career, back in the days when he was reportedly dangled for Kip Wells.