Sunday, May 30, 2010

After Perfection last night, Phillies cling to half game lead




Let’s face it, out doing last night’s performance would be hard to do. Roy Halladay’s perfect game was the best thing that’s happened to a pitcher to earn that unusual feat with the Phillies for 46 years. The Phillies could only muster one run to give to Halladay to win his Perfect Game, and they didn’t even get one run today down in Miami, Florida. The Phillies lost this afternoon 1-0 to a tough Marlins team who took the final game of this series.

  The Phils again could not get started on offense today. The week just may as well end and the Phils can look forward to a brand new week starting tomorrow for a 1:10 PM Memorial Day game with a team that is hot on their heels, the Atlanta Braves.

   Jamie Moyer pitched a brilliant game today, but these pitchers now know that they are only half of what makes this team great. The offense is the other half, and right now it is no where to be found. The Phils just managed 4 hits today, and one has to wonder if they are really out of their slump at all now. Moyer’s record fell to 5-5 without the support of the offense.

   Jason Werth had chances today with the bat, he was just not in sync as he struck out 4 times and left 6 men on base. As hot as he was playing a couple weeks ago, now has turned cold and he can’t get into a rhythm. He’s shaved his beard, maybe that has something to do with it?

    The Phillies now find themselves clinging to a lead of only 1/2 game in the NL East and they go up to Atlanta to play a re-energized Braves team. The Braves come home to a 5 game winning streak and look suddenly like the best contender besides the Mets to give the Phillies a run for their money for the division.

     Monday afternoon on Labor Day it will be Joe Blanton (1-3) for the Phillies, who desperately needs to show improvement on the mound for the Phils, against Tommy Hanson (4-3) for the Braves.

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