44,906 Wet and Disappointed Fans

10 Jun

Well, it was bound to happen eventually. Ryan Madson blew his first save.

But there was a lot more to the loss that the Phillies suffered then that.

The game started off pretty well for the Phillies when Jimmy Rollins blasted a three-run homer in the bottom of the second. It looked like the Phils had figured out Cubs starter Randy Wells.

Then the rains came.

After a one hour and seventeen minute rain delay the game resumed and both starters were pulled out.

Kyle Kendrick held the Cubs to just two hits in the three innings he pitched. It hurt the Philles because Kendrick didn’t get a chance to stretch himself out, and he was pitching well before the delay. Then the Phillies proceeded to use every pitcher in their pen.

Madson may have lucked out after giving up the home run to Geovany Soto when a fan reached out over the fence and caught a ball off the bat of Tyler Colvin. The hit was originally ruled a home run, but that was overturned when a replay showed that the fan caught the ball below the fence, and Colvin was sent back to second, keeping the score tied at three.

But Colvin would eventually get to score. The game went to the 11th and with David Herndon on the mound and Colvin at second after singling off Herndon, Placido Polanco made a rare throwing error and Colvin scored the winning run.

Again, the Phillies had their chances. In the bottom of the 10th Shane Victorino was stranded on third after the Cubs walked Domonic Brown because Herndon was on deck. Charlie had no choice to let Herndon bat because he was the only pitcher left. He struck out.

Again, you have to look to the Phillies offense and wonder what the Phillies are going to do. Sure, there are some questions about the Phillies defense who committed their 7th error in seven games, but the Phillies only managed three hits after the rain delay. Considering how poor the Cubs bullpen is, it’s pretty startling how bad the Phillies bats looked against them. The Phillies went just 1-7 with RISP.

The Phillies have scored 3 runs or less in eight of their last nine games. That just isn’t getting it done.

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