Game 41 - Wednesday Afternoon, May 15th in Philadelphia
Record - 19-22, 3rd Place, 3 1/2 games behind the Braves
One Sentence Summary: The Indians absolutely demolished Cole Hamels and the bullpen, winning easily by a score of 10-4.
What It Means: The Phillies were attempting to win four in a row for the first time this season, but it was not to be. There's an off day today (and the annual Phillies Phestival) and then the club opens a three-game weekend series with the Reds on Friday night.
What Went Wrong: Something is off with Hamels. He lasted just five innings in this game, allowing five runs on six hits including two home runs. His record is now an un-Hamels-like 1-6 and he leads the National League with 24 walks. Relievers Chad Durbin and Raul Valdes made sure the game was out of reach by allowing a combined five runs in their 2 2/3 innings of work. Durbin's ERA is now 7.30, while Valdes' is up to 7.65.
Featured Card: I find myself going the oddball route whenever a rough Phillies loss leaves me drawing a blank as to which card to feature. I recently purchased a small group of Phillies oddball cards from Checkoutmycards.com, and the card featured here is one of the oddest and best of the lot. When the Phils are making you blue, sometimes you just need to reach for a MooTown Snacker.
And Finally: I have yet to wrap my head around the Phillies' signing of Carlos Zambrano to a minor league contract yesterday. The move reeks of desperation.