At Least the Mets Can’t Sweep Us

OK, I realize that doesn’t sound terribly optimistic. But considering the Phillies were just swept by the Braves, and by the Orioles and Blue Jays not long before, simply avoiding another sweep is cause for mild happiness.

Having last posted on Monday, I didn’t really have much to say during the week, as I was following that little bit of childhood wisdom, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.” Due to the aforementioned sweep(s), I certainly wasn’t thinking very nice things.

Earlier this week, the Phillies called up Rodrigo Lopez from the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (AAA) to make tonight’s start against the Mets.

lopez.jpgLopez, who last pitched in the Majors nearly two years ago for Colorado, was able to accomplish what Joe Blanton, Cole Hamels, and J.A. Happ were unable to do against Atlanta – win a game.

To be fair, Blanton and Happ did not pitch horribly, but the Phils’ offense didn’t help them out at all. Hamels, on the other hand, did pitch horribly, for the second start in a row.

Thankfully, tonight it was an opponent’s turn to have a lousy start, as Livan Hernandez gave up 7 runs in 3-plus innings of work. Lopez gave up 2 runs in 6 1/3 innings, and got the win as the Phillies prevailed, 7-2.

This morning, my husband declared that he was no longer going to watch the Phillies, due to their recent crappy play. Since we’re supposed to go to the game this Friday with the kids, I thought that was rather interesting. Was he going to sit there with his eyes closed? Nevertheless, the game did end up being watched in our house tonight, and it wasn’t turned on by me.

Wishing you all a happy and healthy 4th of July!

(photo by me)



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