Sometimes it’s better to be a working schlub and miss games like these.
The previous thread tells the grim tale in gory detail, as the Phils failed in every sense of the word, losing to the Cubs 10-5 and reading the final rites to the 10-game win streak. Lousy pitching, shaky defense and poor execution with runners on base have been unfamiliar terms in July, but they made a chilling return today in South Philly. Most of the daggers were thrown at the Phillies’ bullpen, where Chad Durbin couldn’t retire a single batter in a ruinous, three-run seventh. Later, Brad Lidge needed to be rescued in the ninth. One reader writes: “I really hope those Chad Qualls rumors are true because 2009 Brad Lidge is, quite simply, a basket case. I don't know if he's injured or it's in his head, but I do know that, if this were a contest for single worst closer of 2009, he would have lapped the field three times by now.”