I was about to write that it was another wasted opportunity – another woulda, coulda, shoulda-type evening. Instead, the Phillies did something they had not done all year, and that’s come back in the ninth inning when they did not have a lead. They did so in the 7-6, come-from-behind victory over the Rockies to give them two wins in a row
HOW ABOUT THAT!
-You saw that coming right? The error on Rockies shortstop Marco Scutaro off the bat of Placido Polanco was improbable, especially since the Phillies have struggled mightily in those types of situations. Nevertheless, a win is a win. And they’ll take it anyway they can get it.
-Michael Martinez supplied the power early in the game, but for a while it was more of the same with the Phils being shut down the second half of the game. The final inning felt like a Phillies game from 2007, 2008, or 2009 – a blast from the past. It was that never say die attitude that the fans fell in love with.
-If you can believe it, all of the madness in the ninth inning came with two outs. I know, right? The Phillies were previously 0-28 heading into their final at-bat when trailing in the ninth inning so far this year. Make that 1-28.
-Joe Blanton was back to his old self – giving up home runs and being inconsistent. He allowed five runs in seven innings, all of them coming on three home runs by the Rockies. Not the type of effort that anyone hoped for.
PAPS BLOWS IT
Again, Jonathan Papelbon just couldn’t get it done in a non-save situation. With a tie game in the ninth, he allowed the Rockies to take the lead. Papelbon entered Wednesday night’s game with 0.00 ERA in 17 save opps and a 5.79 ERA in 10 non-save opportunities. In tie games this season, opponents are hitting .545 (6-for-11) with 4 extra-base hits off the closer. Just weird. Really no way to explain it.
DON’T QUESTION CHARLIE
-We can no longer question Manuel’s moves. If he doesn’t bring in Papelbon in a tie game from now on, now you know why.