We all would like to hit it after this latest loss, a 5-1 drop against the Rangers. Lifeless is the right word for this â€” the Phillies look dead. They couldn’t hit Eric Hurley, only getting five total. Meanwhile Jamie Moyer pitched OK, going 5.2 innings and giving up three runs on seven hits. He walked four but struck out six; still, he got the loss and is now 7-6.
This one just never looked good. The usual things happened. No hitting with runners on; no getting on base in a first at bat. Everytime the Phils go 1-2-3 in the first inning (they’ve done that a lot during this slide), I groan. It starts with Jimmy Rollins, whose average is now at .264. He brings nothing to the table anymore. He hit a double in the game, but we knew he wouldn’t score.
Ryan Howard collected the only RBI, a single that scored Chase Utley. A couple guys went hitless: Shane Victorino (Who was caught stealing; the first Phillie caught in weeks.); Greg Dobbs (Where was Geoff Jenkins today?); Pedro Feliz; Carlos Ruiz. You know, usual things.
Ryan Madson was not very effective in 2.1 innings of mop-up work, surrendering two runs on three hits.
This team needs a shakeup. A big one. And now. They’re trudging into the final 10 games of the first-half like zombies. Atlanta, the Mets and Saint Louis await the feast. There’s an absolute possibility the half could end with the Phils two or three games out of first place, leaving all of us to go ballistic. Something needs to be done and pronto.
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