In the words of Philadelphia Daily News blogger Will Bunch, this is exactly the Phillies-San Francisco series we were afraid of.
Beerleaguer: Three hits, and approximately three hard-hit balls, two for outs, were all the Phillies could manage today as our worst fears about the listless offense, the Giants and AT&T Park became a reality in Game 3. San Francisco is where holes go to get exposed, and the Phillies are loaded with them right now (example pictured right, an individual who needs to spend Game 4 on the bench; it wasn't 'too late' for Bruce Bochy to make a switch). Let's not get overly carried away with Matt Cain, either. A 119-69 pitch-strike ratio, three walks and a couple of strikeouts isn't what I'd call an overpowering postseason start. He "mixed his pitches?" Give me a break. The homeplate umpire did more to keep the Phillies off balance.
The Phils have gotta do better than this. An 0-2 deficit in the fifth shouldn't feel as insurmountable as it did today. They're getting beaten by Cody Ross and little else; Ross has knocked in half of the Giants runs this series. Maybe it's good they got this first one at AT&T out of their system. Besides Zooey Dechanel, the best part about it was that it was over in a blur.
Start Blanton tomorrow because it's the right decision, bear down and play Phillies baseball.