"Some nights . . . you just go back in the dugout and you kind of scratch your head, like, 'What just happened?' " ... "It's a tough pill to swallow." Jonathan Papelbon
You could almost see this game working up to what happened on Thursday night against the San Francisco Giants. The Phillies had Cole Hamels on the mound and managed to score just 1 run in the game to make it a 1-0 game, and the 9th inning comes around and it's Jonathan Papelbon's job to get 3 outs and we go home winners.
Papelbon and Cole Hamels are snakebitten, they have been all year. Looking at the line score though, baseball is a heartbreaking game and the Phils lost this one by a score of 2-1, the Phillies had the bases loaded in the bottom of the 9th and should've been able to tie this game at the least but couldn't.
|Jonathan Papelbon, BS (6), L (2-1)||1||4||2||2||1||0||0||2.59|
Brad Lidge retired a Phillie last night, his perfect season of 2008 is now a memory and more like it's own statue now. Everything just seemed right with that 2008 team, that's what it takes to win sometimes, a nice combination of chemistry and a little bit of luck.
Tonight the Phillies honor another ex-Phillies player, Curt Schilling. He's going up on the Phillies Wall of Fame, Schilling pitched well for the Phillies, his greatest accomplishments in baseball really didn't even happen with the Phillies, he won 20 games several times after leaving the Phils, in Arizona and when he went to the Red Sox but the Phillies fans didn't forget, and tonight it will be his night.
Schilling bordered on greatness in his career, he finished 2nd in the Cy Young voting 3 times and his career spanned 20 years. Here's how Schilling's career looked with a few stats:
|162 Game Avg.||15||10||3.46||30||6||221|
|PHI (9 yrs)||101||78||3.35||226||61||1659.1|
|ARI (4 yrs)||58||28||3.14||107||18||781.2|
|BOS (4 yrs)||53||29||3.95||98||4||675.0|
|BAL (3 yrs)||1||6||4.54||5||0||69.1|
|HOU (1 yr)||3||5||3.81||0||0||75.2|
|NL (13 yrs)||162||111||3.30||333||79||2516.2|
|AL (7 yrs)||54||35||4.00||103||4||744.1|