|Phillies pitcher Joe Blanton warming up before a game. May 9, 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
The Phillies showed they still have a lot of fight left in them. Last night, they rallied many times to overcome a surging Cardinal offense that just wouldn't stop. The Phillies threw up a comfortable 6-0 lead early, but just couldn't hold onto it and found themselves in a 7-7 tie by the end of the 5th inning.
Joe Blanton didn't look sharp as the Cardinals pounded their way back to gain a tie by the bottom of the 5th. Charlie Manuel didn't take Blanton out until the game was tied up, so Blanton was not the winner in last night's game.
The Phillies could have rolled over and played dead, just like we've seen a lot of the games go recently. This night was different though. The offense kept putting on pressure and scoring to answer the Cardinals push to win this one.
In the end, there would be a combined 33 hits with 2 errors by both teams, and the Phils rallied to preserve this win 10-9.
The Phils showed that they still have life in them. Despite being in last place, somewhere we didn't anticipate this team being, the Phils haven't called it a season yet.
I could sight statistics to support that this team hasn't been playing well. We all know that, and it would serve a good purpose. What made them play better last night against the Cardinals? This team needs to string a 10 game winning streak to give some confidence that there is still hope.
Can they go into St. Louis and make a statement, that there season really isn't over as we head into the Memorial Day weekend? Stay tuned.