From the Phillies perspective, the only memorable event from last night's game was the amazing 6-4-3 double play turned to end the bottom of the 3rd. Shortstop Juan Castro dove, caught and made a glove-hand flip of the ball to Chase Utley all in one motion. Utley bare-handed the ball, slid his foot across second and threw a bullet to first. Ryan Howard dug the ball out of the dirt, and it was all down hill from there for the Phils.
The other parts of the game weren't so good: Howard was embarrassed on the basepaths in the 2nd when he failed to slide on a sure double and was tagged out standing . . . Starter Jamie Moyer surrendered 4 runs on 10 hits, including 2nd inning home runs to Aubrey Huff and Matt Downs . . . Giants starter Todd Wellemeyer held the team to just 3 hits and 2 runs through 7 innings.
The loss dropped the Phillies out of top spot in the NL East for the first time since May 29, 2009, and it elevated the New York Mets to first pl . . . firs . . . sorry, I just barfed a little. Chase Utley and Placido Polanco are a combined 4 for 41 on the current road trip. They've lost 7 of their last 10 games and the schedule shows their next 9 games will come against the Mets, the Cardinals and the Braves. Something's got to give, right?
7 Years Ago: As is my habit following a Phillies loss, I don't include a baseball card of a current Phillie in the game summary post. For lack of a better baseball card to post, I'm going with a card for Kevin Millwood, who 7 years ago yesterday threw the Phillies' last no-hitter. My Dad and I were there, and it still ranks as one of the greatest games I've ever seen.