Thursday, August 26, 2010

1998 Phillies Team Issue #9 Brad Mills CO

Astros 5, Phillies 1
Game 127 – Thursday Afternoon, August 26th in Philadelphia

On a gorgeous day for baseball, I enjoyed the radio play-by-play of this game from the friendly confines of my fluorescently lit office. Turns out I didn't miss much, as the punchless Phils were overcome easily by Brad Mills' Astros, 5-1. The 4-game sweep by the Astros marked the first time the Phillies had ever been swept in a 4-game series at Citizens Bank Park. The loss dropped the Phils to 3 games back in the NL East and a half game in back of the Wild Card leading Giants.

The Phils continued their disturbing trend of allowing a 1st inning run to the opposition when Carlos Lee doubled home Anderson Hernandez with 2 outs in the 1st off starter Kyle Kendrick. The Astros manufactured their second run in the 2nd, scored again in the 3rd on a Carlos Lee solo home run and scored another run in the 4th on an RBI-single from pitcher Wandy Rodriguez. The Astros were building a nice little picket fence in the line score, and all the while the Phils had yet to collect their first hit.

Their first hit finally came in the 5th when Jayson Werth singled to left to start the inning. However, even with runners on 2nd and 3rd and nobody out, the Phils couldn't score a run. Werth was thrown out at the plate as he sheepishly tried to avoid the tag by Astros' catcher Jaston Castro. A Chase Utley double in the 7th scored Jimmy Rollins and the offense called it a day. Maybe there’s a batting cage on the plane to San Diego?

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