Nationals 5, Phillies 2
Game 44 – Tuesday Night, May 22nd in Philadelphia
Record – 21-23, 5th Place 5 1/2 games behind the Nationals
One Sentence Summary: Roy Halladay was treated poorly by the Nationals' bats as the Phillies' bats decided once again to take the night off and the team dropped their fourth in a row, 5-2.
What It Means: It means I'm starting to suspect this just isn't going to be the Phillies year. Jim from Downingtown summed up my feelings perfectly in the comment he left in one of my prior posts saying, "As long as the team (and coaching staff) foster the 'let's just tread water until we get our guys back' mindset (instead of stepping up to fill the void themselves (and EARN their paychecks, by the way), this team will continue to be mediocre." Agreed.
What Went Wrong: When your offensive stars are Hector Luna and Erik Kratz, and I mean absolutely no offense to those guys, it's time to worry. The Phillies were 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position, leaving nine men on base. The two bright spots were Luna's RBI-double in the 2nd and Kratz's first career home run in the eighth.
Halladay had another pedestrian performance, allowing five runs on nine hits through six innings. Carlos Ruiz was ejected in the third for arguing balls and strikes with the home plate umpire. It was that kind of night.
Featured Card: I just returned from a brief work trip to Atlanta. In lieu of posting a baseball card that is somehow remotely related to this dreadful game, I figured I go with a card of my favorite ex-Brave/ex-Phillie, Dale Murphy. And at this point, "Who Would Have Thought" could be the caption summing up the team's 2012 season so far.
The next two games the Phillies played while I was out of town were much more enjoyable.