A rather reprehensible series, wouldn’t you say? And just think what it would feel like if Geovany Soto held on to the ball Saturday.
What can you say about the 2010 Philadelphia Phillies? Here are 26 words that sum it up for me: Hardly worth the commitment it takes to set aside three hours to watch a game and the time it takes to slug out a blog entry. How’s that? As one reader phrased it: "When was the last time the Phils looked like a team in control?" Cincinnati series aside, we’re rarely treated to good, compelling baseball anymore. Heck, when was the last time everything clicked like it was supposed to? Perhaps it’s because we’ve been spoiled by an embarrassment of offensive and defensive riches for so long that when they suddenly turn into the Houston Astros overnight we feel a little prickly.
The Ikea shelves weren’t going to hang themselves, so Bob Brookover of the Inky will pinch hit today’s game summary whether he wants to or not: “The record also will show that Halladay, who fell to 10-8, allowed six runs in six innings before departing after a season-low 87 pitches. But underneath it all, there is the fact that Halladay has entered an inning with a lead exactly three times in his last three starts, and that he has pitched with a deficit in a career-high 36 percent of his plate appearances through 20 starts. Last night, two key defensive lapses helped push home an unearned run in the four-run second inning. First, Howard was unable to track down a catchable, two-out popup from Derrek Lee in foul territory, which extended the inning with runners on the corners. Then, with two strikes on Lee, Carlos Ruiz one-hopped a throw to second on a stolen-base attempt by Starlin Castro, allowing Tyler Colvin to score from third.” [Link]