We Want a Pitcher…

…who won’t be inducing the indigestion I’ve been experiencing lately while watching the Phillies. I think I’m going to be buying these:

tums.jpgby the caseload, if things continue this way.

Last night, Cole Hamels looked pretty good against the Padres through the first four innings, giving up one run on a solo homer to Luis Rodriguez in the third. At the end of four, the Phillies held a 7-1 lead.

After that, things went to h*ll in a handbasket pretty darn quick. Hamels gave up a two-run shot to Scott Hairston in the fifth, and another two-run shot to Nick Hundley in the sixth. But he still left the game with a 7-5 lead. Not great, but a lead nonetheless.

Unfortunately, the Padres’ bullpen held the Phillies scoreless after they’d scored 7 off of starter Chris Young. On the other side, normally reliable Ryan Madson gave up 3 runs to give the Padres a 8-7 lead. The Phils, unable to rally in the bottom of the ninth, took the loss after blowing a 6 run lead.


Their record now stands at 4-5. Last year, their record after nine games was also 4-5, and things didn’t turn out so bad.

However – in those nine games last year, the Phillies scored 39 runs, and gave up 48. This year through nine games, they’ve scored more runs, 49, but they’ve given up 62!


The Phillies have a chance to redeem themselves tonight, as Brett Myers faces Shawn Hill. I’m hoping that this afternoon’s memorial service for Harry Kalas, being held at the ballpark, does not prove too much of an emotional distraction.

C’mon, win another one for Harry!



  1. phillies_phollowers

    Seriously, pass the antacids. These guys are making me want to scream! If they lose tonight, I think I will just hide under the covers and not come out until they win. With the memorial service today, I think they owe it to themselves to come out and nail one down…it would make everyone feel a lot better.


  2. skippy520

    Dont take the juice quite yet.
    This corp of fellows are too good to be in the tank. We usally see the starting pitchers tanking, and even though it was the releif last night, it is still too early.
    Can you just imagine what they have endured the past few weeks… getting rings, raising the banners and then Harry.
    Folks, as good as they are and as ‘professional’ as theya re to be (and I never liked that word) , they are still human. Except for Jamie and a few others theya re still kids… Just as you said though … its par with last year.
    “MY” concern and greif comes from the fact that we now have to listen more to the mouth that never shuts up (Wheels).
    When you think of dropping from the top to the bottom.. its not on the feild, but in the now partially empty broadcast booth.
    THAT the Phillies can correct OFF the field… but????

  3. neumann12

    Most players prefer to hit when it warms up in the summer, but I think the trio of Howard, Utley, and Rollins prefer it moreso than the average player. In ’07 and ’06, the team got to 11-14 before the wins came and that coincided with May 1st.

    Of course giving up 8 runs in three straight games doesn’t help. Myers stopped that tonight.

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