Down 6-2 in the seventh, all one could feel was despair - for the ballgame, for the season. Then the Phillies scored six runs in the eighth, won 8-6 and restored hope, all in the time it would take to heat a casserole.
The Brewers entered the game 21-0 when leading after seven innings. It was impossible to think the offense could pull it out, but that’s exactly what they did. Snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Terrible at bats for seven innings were erased by spectacular at bats in the eighth, primarily against Milwaukee setup man Derrick Turnbow.
The Phillies have seen their share of highs become lows. This was the biggest shift the opposite direction. Geoff Geary’s seventh-inning flameout inspired this response in the comment thread: "Guess we'll see when Howard gets back, and to a lesser extent Madson and Gordon. But right about now, it's tough to see the light at the end of this tunnel." My next post came 35-minutes later. "I see the light!"
Let’s be honest: There are many problems with this team. They haven’t found a way to bridge the gap to Brett Myers. And without Ryan Howard, the patchwork offense is limited.
There are problems, but along with Myers, who's shaping up to be a very special closer, there are positives. It’s been a long time since the starting rotation threw in a clunker. They’ve actually pieced together the longest string of quality starts in years, according to Elias Sports Bureau. The offense is average or slightly above right now, which means they need to take advantage of opportunities like last night.
One can only hope the Phillies can carry this into the rest of the home stand. If four years of blogging has taught me anything however, it’s that momentum is only as good as the next day's starting pitcher. Stay tuned ...