I only caught the first few innings of last night's game before succumbing to sweet, sweet slumber. I missed an off-kilter pitching performance from Roy Halladay (7 innings, 10 hits, 3 runs, 4 strikeouts) and another near no-hitter by an opposing pitcher. Dodgers' starter Hiroki Kuroda was 5 outs away from no-hitting the Phils when Shane Victorino hit a clean single to right. It was the team’s only hit.
The recently acquired ex-Phillie Rod Barajas continued to punish his old team, hitting a solo home run in the 5th.
Depressing Tweet of the Night: Once again, courtesy of Todd Zolecki - "The Phillies have been shutout 11 times this season, most since 11 shutout losses in 1998." What Zolecki's Tweet does not tell you though is the Phils' 11th shutout in 1998 came back on September 26th against the Florida Marlins. The Marlins won that game, 1-0, on an Alex Gonzalez walk-off home run in the 13th, surrendered by Phillies' reliever Ricky Bottalico. They didn't come close to getting no-hit that night, as 1st baseman Kevin Jordan singled in the 1st off Marlins' starter Jesus Sanchez. Jordan is currently the hitting coach for the Clearwater Threshers (A).