The pitching woes continued in a game that should have been won easily.
Cole Hamels couldn’t completely contain the Padres after the Phillies staked him to an early 7-1 lead, surrendering a pair of two-run homers to let the Pads back in it 7-5. Then, Ryan Madson blew it in a three-run eighth, taking the loss in another poorly pitched affair by the reigning champs. Phillies’ pitching has now given up three eight-run games in a row and have been victimized by 23 home runs on the season, including three tonight by Hamels on mistakes out over the plate. The Phillies got all seven of their runs off starter Chris Young, including a three-run homer by Chase Utley. Raul Ibanez reached base all five times.
Beerleaguer: Nights like these generally didn’t happen last season. With a 7-1 lead and Hamels on the hill, this game should have been in the bag. Puzzling. The pitching has been god awful, and with tonight's duds by Hamels, Madson, and to a certain extent, Lidge, even the best arms aren't inspiring much trust.