It Was A Night NOT To Remember

28 Apr

They say ‘home is where the heart is.’  Well, the Phillies were home last night but they sure as heck didn’t show any heart in an incredibly lacklustre 5-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs.

It was a night that this painful-to-watch offense yet again made an average pitcher look like Cy Young.  Actually calling Cubs starting pitcher Paul Maholm average is generous.  He came into last night’s game 1-2 with a 8.36 ERA.  8.36!

It was a night when for the 11th time in 20 games, the Phillies scored two or fewer runs.

It was a night when Phils’ ace Roy Halladay deserved a better fate.  The Doc lost his second game in a row something he only did once the entire season last year.

It was a night that started with a bang, the Phillies had runners on first and third with nobody out in the first, but ended with less than a whimper.  After not being able to convert on the first inning opportunity, the Phillies went quietly the rest of the night except for a home run by Ty Wigginton in the seventh.

It was a night that for the third time in Roy Halladay’s five starts this season, the Phillies yet again scored only one run.

It was a night when the heart of the Phillies line-up, Jimmy Rollins, Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino, went 0-12.  Did I mention that the opposing pitcher had an 8.36 ERA???

It was a night that found me channel surfing, being forced to watch Ricki Lake on Piers Morgan Tonight when I just couldn’t stand watching the game any more.

It was a night that for the first time in many years I wondered if the end to the Citizens Bank sell-out streak might be near.

It was a night when the only good news was that Ryan Howard said he plans to go to Clearwater on Sunday and hopes to resume baseball activities in less than a week.

It was a night when Phillies manager Charlie Manuel fielded his 16th different line-up in 19 games.  In fact, I’ll let Charlie have the final word:

“You can try anything that you think is going to help when you’re losing. But also the biggest thing, because we’ve just started the season, is that you’ve got to keep your head up, and you’ve got to keep going and stay with it and stay positive.”

We’re trying, Charlie.  We’re trying.


2 Responses to “It Was A Night NOT To Remember”

  1. Ray April 28, 2012 at 9:49 pm #


    I’m not usually speechless, but…….sigh

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