This is the same team that took a series versus the Yankees, Mets, and Dodgers in their parks. Surely they could come home and take a team that hasn’t beaten a National League foe yet all season. Coming into this series with a 13-16 record at home, should we really have been surprised the Phillies got swept by the Toronto Blue Jays?
The Phillies were struck out 31 times during the series and 89 times the past nine games, a number that has to drop immediately. As far as scoring, they went into today’s game with only four runs. They scored seven today which still kept their RPG for the series at 3.75.
Tuesday: Cole Hamels pitched solid but needed to go past six innings. As the team’s ace, you need to go deep into a game every start. His six innings, two runs on seven hits and six strike outs may have been enough to earn him a win but there is no reason he couldn’t have gone deeper. Ryan Madson blew the game in the ninth and the game went into extra innings. Clay Condrey imploded, giving up five runs in the top of the tenth.
Wednesday: See my recap I wrote earlier today.
Today: It was a see saw battle as the Jays jumped out to another early two-run lead. The Phillies clung on and took the lead in the fourth, 4-3 after a two-run Rollins homer. They added another in the fifth off of a John Mayberry Jr. homer and then let the Jays tie it up in the seventh. Toronto took a two-run lead in the eighth and Philadelphia then tied it up. But Rod Barajas took Madson deep to put the Jays up for good, 8-7.
Series MVP’s: Former Phillies Scott Rolen and Rod Barajas
Rolen: 6-14, 3 runs, 2 doubles, HR, 4 RBI’s, .394 OBP
Barajas: 4-9, 2 runs, 2 HR’s (one game winner), 4 RBI’s
Next Series: Baltimore Orioles (28-37; 8-20 on the road) @ Philadelphia Phillies (36-28; 13-19 at home)
This is another the series the Phillies should sweep or at least win but with their current home record and lack of competence versus AL teams, I don’t know what to expect. They play tonight at 7:05 versus the Mets so these numbers are prior to then. They are 5-3 in inter league play (Phils are 3-6) but are 4-6 in their last ten. With a putrid record on the road for Baltimore, this should be cake for Philly.
6/19: R. Hill (2-1, 5.81), Bastardo (2-1, 5.25)
6/20: Bergesen (4-2, 3.79), Happ (4-0, 3.53)
6/21*: Guthrie (4-7, 5.42 ERA), Hamels (4-2, 4.48 ERA)