The Phillies went from an 11-3 run and a four-game lead to 2-11 slide and a half-game edge. Although they lost no ground, it was another discouraging night, as a miffed Cole Hamels lasted just 4 2-3 innings, Chan Ho Park left with a knee contusion, Brad Lidge stunk and the offense banged out a whole three hits.
"Park has been the most effective reliever out of the pen the past two weeks. With Condrey already out, it's a big deal if Park has to be shelved. ... I don't like the way the players have started to lose their cool with the umps the last couple of games. It just speaks to a general loss of control, letting the rest of baseball know your ship is officially sinking and the only thing you can do about it is bawl out the ump. Regarding Hamels: seems the league is beginning to adjust to him more. There's only so much unpredictability you can bring to the table with two effective pitches. Without a third, he's not likely to put up numbers much better than he recorded last year." - RSB
"Bruntlett clearly should be released. .138 average is not an anomaly, but a legitimate reflection of how good he is. It's a complete joke to have Bruntlett on the roster. When I wanted to bench/DL Rollins, I assumed it wasn't Bruntlett who would take the ABs. ... There's no [pitcher] in the minors who will really help. A trade is clearly needed. I wasn't all about Penny in the past but he's a huge improvement over anyone else we could use as our 5th starter. Also at this point there's some value in making a change just for the sake of change. I don't think anyone expects us to go far in the playoffs when our starter ERAs are 4.44, 5.97, 5.06, 6.75 and 3.47." - Brian
“The availability (of pitchers) really isn’t there. The number of buyers and the number of sellers isn’t even close to equal. There are no teams bailing or stepping out of this (playoff race). I don’t expect it to change a whole lot, but it’ll start to crystallize more as we get into July.” - Ruben Amaro Jr., via the AP