Home Sweet Home?

21 Jul


One of the more bewildering things about this year’s Phillies is how poorly they’ve played at home.  The familiar confines of the “Bank” have been anything but friendly for the Fightins’.  The Phillies are a stunning  17-28 at home, the worst home record in the National League.

To give you a little perspective, last season the Phillies were 52-29 when playing at Citizens Bank Park. 

Was I the only one who somehow just knew that Tim Lincecum, who has struggled mightily this season, would miraculously regain his Cy Young form last night?

Again, let me give you a little perspective.  Lincecum entered last night’s game with a 5.93 ERA, the second worst among qualifying pitchers. On the road he has been even worse with a 9.00 ERA.  The Giants are only 5-14 in his starts this season.

Make that 6.

Ok, maybe I’m not being fair.  I mean the Phillies did get to Lincecum in the fourth inning, scoring the games’s first run.

Perspective, please?  That run scored when Lincecum, trying to deliver a pitch to the plate, stumbled and fell before releasing the ball to earn a balk. 

The Phillies went on to load the bases that inning but a groundout ended the threat. On the other hand, when the Giants loaded the bases in the sixth, Vance Worley gave up a grand slam to Brandon Crawford to give the Giants a 6-1 lead.

The Phillies did get a home run of their own in the sixth,  Ryan Howard’s second since returning from his Achilles injury.  Unfortunately it came with the bases empty.

Howard was philosophical after the loss:

“The thing for us to do right now is just forget about this game and try to come back out.  Like I’ve said, the goal is try to win a series.”

To give you some perspective, I don’t think he means the World Series.


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