The Phillies have spoiled fans so much lately that a two-game losing streak, to some, feels like having one’s head in a vice. Here's a sampling from an agonizing night in the Beerleaguer peanut gallery.
"Carlos Ruiz is ridiculous. I have supported him for too long. He's horrible at the plate. I know he's the 8-hole hitter, but he really sucks. Not only does he have no plate discipline, he grounds into double plays far too often, I'm sick of him." – GM-Carson
"Hamels is coming off a long-outing (shutout) and pitching in a very hot and humid environment. No excuse whatsoever that Hamels started the 8th tonight. I know that it has been a Cholly lovefest but he is still a below average tactican as a manager (even with Jimy Williams helping him in the dugout). … Flash was Flush tonight. Arguably the toughest loss of the year but the Phils certainly had some very questionable managerial and player decisions tonight." - MG
"Miller's stuff is all on tonight. They're not picking up his fastball and he's been changing speed and location masterfully. … The Phillies always seem to reserve their worst games of the year for Florida. That one was lost unnecessarily in so many different ways, you have to stop and remind yourself they're where they are in the standings. Manuel managed poorly and Werth pulled one of the most inexcusably bonehead plays I may have ever seen. And yet again they waste a premium effort from Hamels." – RSB
"Folks, some seem to act as though each game is must win, although everyone knows better. As though every loss is someone's "fault". Have none of you actually played a game of baseball? Having the best bullpen in baseball doesn't mean we'll win every single game (Gordon had the worst opening day but a great run until tonight). Having one of the best offenses doesn't mean we'll be the best offense every night (I don't see anyone blaming Utley for not driving in a run every at-bat, or any of our other MVPs). Calm down. There are scads of reasons to believe we aren't the '07 Mets of 2008." – Jeff
Beerleaguer: As always, when you see reader quotes, it’s a good indication that I missed the game, which turned into one of the most active game discussions of the season. David Murphy’s coverage in the Daily News is clean and concise, and reading the thread afterward helped paint the whole picture.
I’ve been hinting at the notion of improving the bullpen even more, even though Gordon and company have pitched well. They’ve been winning because of the pen, so why not ramp it up even more and make it your calling card? While adding a top starter could prove difficult, a lights-out reliever might be easier to acquire. Plus, there’s also a long-term need, with the pending free agency of Gordon and Brad Lidge.
Notes: The Phillies released left-handed reliever Steve Kline, who was pitching for Triple-A Lehigh Valley.