Posted by Tim Malcolm, Wed, June 25, 2008 09:26 AM Comments: 29
It’s difficult to keep coming up with fresh verbs to describe the offense, so I’ll just say the offense sucks. They yet again couldn’t score enough runs to suffice in a 5-2 loss to the Athletics. It was the Phillies’ sixth straight loss, yet somehow they’re still in first place in the National League East.
Jamie Moyer pitched splendid for the first six innings, striking out nine while taking advantage of a large strike zone and eager A’s hitters. Then in the seventh, a couple men got on base ahead of Emil Brown. The .246 hitter of course launched the winning homer. The Phils couldn’t match the A’s three runs, and Oakland tacked on two for good measure.
Two big moments defined the ineptitude of the offense. In the first inning Shane Victorino singled and Chase Utley walked. The song remained the same: Ryan Howard grounded into a fielder’s choice and Pat Burrell struck out. Why can’t they get one single? Just one?
Then in the seventh the Phils loaded the bases with one out. Carlos Ruiz, of course, hit into the most surefire double play I’ve ever seen. Now at .222, Ruiz is no longer an offensive option for this team. I now dislike seeing his name in the lineup card.
Not a big fan of Geoff Jenkins, either, who struck out three times (looking badly on all of them) and lowering his average to .244. Utley went hitless â€” he’s in a 1-for-29 or something â€” and is now at .289. Seriously, Utley’s at .289. What the hell is wrong with this team?
In my most emotional of moments last night I wondered if the Phils would ever win another game. That’s silly. But no longer is this just a troubling matter â€” this team really looks lost. It’s as if they have forgotten how to hit a baseball. The closer to the abyss we get the more I want to strangle these guys for looking so heartless. I know they’re better â€” they have to be, right?
Associated Press photo