Is it me, or has the 4-0 lead in baseball become like the 2-0 lead in hockey? I swear neither is safe. In Cliff Lee’s case, Philadelphia Phillies fans know a 4-0 lead has never been safe or any lead in this case with this bullpen. Lee went six innings and gave up three earned runs in the process. He wasn’t bad, but wasn’t great either. The Phils have now lost four straight with Lee on the mound. So with Lee done after six, the Phils holding a one-run lead, enter the bullpen (4.42 ERA worst in the NL).
Jake Diekman walked two of the four batters he faced in the seventh and gave up the tying run. Zach Miner came into a tie game and allowed a two-run bomb to Jayson “Phil’s Killer” Werth. Werth has just destroyed Phil’s pitching this year. He is batting .424 with 4 bombs and 10 RBI against the Phils this year. So booing him every time he is involved in a play is working out so well. One quick thing about the Phil’s bullpen. The thing about them is that they have plenty guys that have great arms, but none know how to actually pitch.
The Phils are now 4-16 since the All-Star break and lost 10 straight road games. They will try to salvage one game in this series against the Washington Nationals. I love that word, salvage. Taking the mound for the Phils will be Kyle Kendrick (10-8). Kendrick has allowed 19 earned runs combined over his last four starts (19 2/3 innings). That’s a lovely ratio. On the hill for Nats is Stephen Strasburg. Strasburg is 5-for-9 on the season with 3.01 ERA.