It’s going to be a long flight to Florida.
Dave Bush and his league-average career 101 ERA+ took a no-hitter into the eighth before Matt Stairs homered in an abysmal 6-1 loss, which also saw starter Cole Hamels knocked out of the game after taking a line drive off his pitching shoulder. Early word on the Phillies ace is a shoulder contusion. Pitching reinforcements may be needed no matter what due to the carnage. The Phillies depart for Florida bruised in mind, body and spirit. After a pair of one-run games against mediocrities like Bush and Braden Looper, the Phillies, frankly, don't have a lot going for them, besides the title they're having a tough time hiding behind. Lucky to be 6-8, today’s loss should serve as a wake-up call for a team that needs to start taking 2009 seriously.