Marlins 2, Phillies 0
Game 58 - Thursday Night, June 10th in Philadelphia
Another game, another shutout. For the seventh time this season, the Phils were shut out as the Marlins won behind Josh Johnson's stellar pitching performance, 2-0. I'm going to choose to view this loss in a positive slant, chalking it up more to Johnson's dominant pitching than the Phillies' inability to hit the baseball. They managed just 3 hits tonight off Johnson, and including the game in which he was outdueled by a perfect Roy Halladay, the Phils have managed just 1 unearned run in 15 innings against him.
Halladay was the hard luck loser, allowing just a first inning run on a Jorge Cantu sacrifice fly. He struck out 8 and scattered 6 hits in his 8 innings of work.
Uncle Miltie: It's hard to pick on the Phillies hitting coach, Milt Thompson, following a shutout loss to one of the league's most dominant pitchers, but one has to wonder if Thompson will finish the season with the Phillies if the team continues its offensive woes. Don't get me wrong - I'm a big Milt Thompson fan, and it would be flat wrong to blame the team's collective slump on him. But maybe bringing in a new hitting coach, with a new approach and new ideas, is what the team needs right now.
Thompson is card #29 in this year's Chachi set. I could only fit 4 "floating heads" of the Phillies coaches on Charlie Manuel's card (coming soon), so Thompson and Davey Lopes (also coming soon) ended up on their own baseball cards this year.
Watch Out Dobbs: The Phillies introduced newly-signed first round draft pick Jesse Biddle at a press conference this afternoon, and Biddle tried on his first Phillies jersey. The jersey featured the number 19, currently worn by the .138-hitting Greg Dobbs.