Last night, I attended my first Phillies game of the season. Â I was looking forward to going and excited that Roy Halladay would be on the mound. The stats were definitely on my side. Â The Phillies hadn’t lost back to back games, they hadn’t lost a series, Halladay had been killing it, and well, they were playing the Brewers with Randy Wolf pitching. The once rainy skies even cleared up as we were crossing the Walt Whitman Bridge into Philadelphia. The evening was set to be perfect.
I asked myself, what could possibly go wrong? Â Talk about a loaded question.
I’ve decided to skip doing the stats, no pitch counts, no ERA’s and definitely not revealing the Phillies’ tanking batting averages. Â This is just my take as a Phillies fan who witnessed it live and ended up being disappointed by her favorite team. However, proud to say I did NOT boo. Â That of course didn’t stop the other 45,000 + from doing it.
DAVID HERNDON Photo credit: Steve Trapani*
In one particular moment, when after Phillies reliever David Herndon gave up 3 earned runs, there was a guy sitting by the dugout who proceeded to let Herndon know exactly how he felt about himâ€¦2 middle fingers up. Â My 11 year old, in by no means naive or sheltered, pointed the guy out and Iâ€™ll be honest, for a brief second, I laughed. Â But not sure if I was laughing at the act itself or at the fact the Phillies just looked plain old awful. Â And even the rain that had kept its distance, decided to rear its ugly head as the Phillies lackluster play continued. Â Which was probably only fitting.
Halladay clearly didn’t have his stuff and proved that he was in fact human. Â He’s not the invincible superhero that we all believed him to be. Â But between Monday night’s loss and last night’s, we also found out that the Phillies middle relief is a hot mess. Â If the starter can’t get a shutout or make it through until at least the 8th inning, when Ryan Madson would come in, the Phillies might be in trouble.
And here’s a great concept for an anemic batting line up…HIT!!! Â Imagine what could happen if they scored a few runs. I am convinced the team was confused in thinking that Cole Hamels was on the mound instead of Halladay. Â Which might explain the lack of hitting, because its usually when Hamels is pitching that causes the offense to suddenly freeze up. The Phillies had a measly two hits, against Randy Wolf no less. Â Not dissing the former Phil but seriously, he was hittable and yet the Phillies managed to make him look so much better than he actually was.
But as a baseball fan in general, I have to tip my hat to Milawaukee outfielders Ryan Braun and Carlos Gomez, who both made ESPN web gem caliber catches.
Complete Box Score Phillies/Brewers – 4/19/11 Game
The end result…Brewers won 9-0. Â And took both games so far in the 3 game series. Â This is happens to be a Brewers team that was recently swept by the Washington Nationals. Â In no way am I in panic mode, as there is a LONG season ahead. Â In the words of fellow Aerys Writer Â ofÂ The Green Room Kristine Reese:
“I guess this is a good time to remember that there are so many games. Makes it easier to let it go?“
She’s 100% correct. Â Time to let it go and move on!
Phillies New HD Scoreboard
One bright note about last night. Â I finally got to see the Phillies brand spanking new scoreboard, which is the largest in the National League, measuring 76 feet high and 97 feet wide. Â With 7,372 of digital space, you can actually see it from the Walt Whitman Bridge. Â Honestly for its whopping 10 million dollar price tag, one should be able to see it from space.
Today the Phillies are hosting an afternoon Business Person Special game. Â Hopefully for Cliff Lee, the Phillies’ bats heat up and walk away from at least one win in this series.
Here is today’s game preview:
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