The Phillies fell 7-2 to an Orioles team that entered the night with an 8-20 road record. Afterward, answers were hard to come by.
"If this team is so freaking taxed in the bullpen that they have to use Taschner for a second inning tonight in a close game why is Bako still on the roster? ... I will say this - Bastardo pitched well (in fact I think his best start of the year) and got ahead of hitters tonight consistently. Didn't allow a single BB or HR. He deserved better but his defense failed him in a couple of key spots and his offense was a no-show." -- MG
"I think Manuel ought to have a closed-door meeting with himself." -- RSB
"Mayberry's play was a reasonably tough catch which he should have made, but it wasn't an error. Utley's was just a simple throw, right in his glove. I don't know how it wasn't charged as an error. Maybe the official scorer wasn't sure that the runner would have been out if Utley had caught it." -- bay_area_phan
"Some of the swings that we take that I see about every night, I sit there and I scratch my head and I wonder." -- Charlie Manuel (via the Daily News)
Notes: The Mets and Braves picked up a game in the standings with respective victories over the Rays and Red Sox. ... I personally threw in the towel after Bastardo allowed an RBI liner to Rich Hill, but the way he rebounded proved to be the highlight of the evening. Nevertheless, I'm still on the fence about the experiment; his repertoire needs refining.. ... On a positive note, in Reading, prospect Kyle Drabek threw an eight-inning, four-hit shutout in the R-Phils' win over Harrisburg. "That's the Kyle Drabek we didn't see the first three times out there," Roadcap told the Reading Eagle. "Good curveball, good changeup." Meet the new Brett Myers, maybe? ... And speaking of Reading, Brad Lidge will begin a rehab assignment there today.