Maybe the lead singer of the Mr Greenegenes will start Game 3 ?
Fast forward to the Phillies home sixth and then the offense got going a little with 3 runs being scored by the Phils to roar back 4-3 at that point in the game. Charlie Manuel took out all his weapons and was prepared to use them today. Like a gun fighter on a drunken spree, Manuel put Joe Blanton into the game for the sixth inning, Blanton got touched for a double down into the left field corner in the 7th by Ryan Spilbourgh, on a ball that Raul Ibanez couldn’t reach. The next batter in the 7th tapped the ball in the direction of Blanton and the throw to third was late leaving runners at first and third until Manuel came out again to the mound and surprise, surprise, brought out JA Happ to pitch. Hey, Charlie, put that bottle down, you do know your using all of your starters now, and this isn’t Game 5. Manuel pulled out all of his tricks today but it wouldn’t be enough as Happ got injured by the very next batter, Seth Smith, with a ball that was hit and went off of Happ’s knee. Happ was pulled when the bases were loaded and replaced with a reliever finally, Scott Eyre. Eyre came into this very rough spot and only gave up one run from the bases loaded with Blanton getting charged with it.
The score was 5-3 until the Phillies 8th in which Jason Werth got a solid home run to right center and it was a shame that no one was on base so the game could have been tied, but that was the way it ended today 5-4. The Phillies did pose a threat in the bottom of the 9th with two runners on and 2 outs, Shane Victorino couldn't come up with a hit and that ended the Phillies hopes of a comeback today.
The Phillies didn’t want to open this door for the Rockies, but now it’s open and there’s nothing you can do about it except go out and give your all to win in Colorado now for the Phillies. The strange thing is at this time there is no starting pitcher named for the Phillies for Game 3 this Saturday night in Denver and the actions of Charlie Manuel today using up his starters in relief roles defies regular sense when it comes to having fresh starters that you want to pitch a game for you. The Phillies still have Kendrick, and Martinez, and even Blanton and Happ say they could some back and pitch a Game 3. It’s Charlies call now, it was his call today and if the Phillies would have won this one he would have been a genius in the minds of some but now his moves of today are appearing to be desperate and possibly risky as the Phils head out West to face the Rockies in a very cold climate.