Nothing comes easy for the Philadelphia Phillies this year.
The Phils had a four-run lead over the Chicago Cubs in the ninth inning, and of course Jonathan Papelbon lets the first two batters on. Commence the booing. Actually, the booing started when he entered the game.
Then Domonic Brown (first game back from concussion) wanted to make things more interesting by dropping the third out in left field, and next thing you know, it’s 9-8 ball game. In the end, the Phils hung on for the win.
To sum it all up, that is a 2013 Philadelphia Phillies version of a win.
Hey, at least it was nice to see Darin Ruf, Brown and Cody Asche hitting last night. Speaking of Ruf (2-for-4 with a bomb and two RBIs), he has now reached base in 33 straight games dating back to last season. He is the first Phillies player to hit that mark since Chase Utley reached base safely in 33 consecutive games. Mike Schmidt holds the franchise-record 56 consecutive games reaching base.
The Phils will now face Travis Wood. Wood is 7-8 with a 3.05 ERA on the season, but in his last outing, he couldn’t get through the fourth inning. He struggled with his control, walking a season-high five batters in 3.1 innings.
Guess who finally got his ERA under 4.00? Mr. Cole Hamels. Hamels has a ERA of 3.87 on the year and will take the bump for the Phils. He has yielded only two earned runs or less in five of his last six starts.
Now, let’s work on that 4-13 record. The Phils are looking for two wins in row. Can that actually happen?