Disillusionment beset Beerleaguer following Thursday's 6-4 loss to Houston.
Blown chances: "It's not the fact that we lost; we are going to lose a few between now and the end of the year (though it can't be more than a few). And it's not that we lost to Houston. This is baseball. Even wretchedly bad teams sometimes beat good teams. It's that we lost a game where we led by four runs and where we scored early, then shut it down for the rest of the game. We have lost a ton of similar games this year but, when you need to go something like 16-3 down the stretch to have any realistic shot, you simply can't afford to give away four-run leads." - bay_area_phan
8th inning witching hour: "The eighth inning has been the Phils' 'witching hour' this year. All kinds of trouble and misfortune. Hard to tell whether Aumont tired or just the guy who can't throw a strike. Generally happened to him at least once a week in Reading if he appeared in 4-5 G.
"Not surprised that Aumont was out there in the 8th despite probably not having a rested arm. Cholly will use the same reliever over and over again until he hits a rough patch. Apparently either Cholly doesn't trust Justin De Fratus or think he should pitch in high leverage spots." - MG
Horst hurt? "I will be interested to hear Cholly's comments on why he used Diekman there instead of Jeremy Horst. Horst has to be hurt, or something. Cholly has been hesitant to use him lately, which is kind of inexplicable considering the alternatives. A dirty little secret on BL is that Diekman is god awful. Some people want to pencil him into a BP spot next year. I'm curious as to why this would be a good idea." - Iceman