Gallner: What went wrong against Toronto?

BY MAX GALLNER for Phillie Phanatics

Game 1: TORONTO 8, Philadelphia 3 in 10 inn.


  • Despite another Cole Hamels quality start, he still made his fair share of mistakes. He labored through his 6 innings, throwing 110 pitches, over 18 pitches per inning. That was thanks, in part, to tying a season-high two walks, his 5th two-walk game this season. Actually, that’s a sign of his usual effectiveness, but against a poor offense like Toronto’s, two is a lot.
  • They allowed a rookie, Ricky Romero, to dominate them for 7 innings. He struck out 9 (yes… 9!), and allowed just 6 hits and 3 runs. With a rookie like that, and an offense as potent as ours, we need to get to him way more.
  • Blue Jays’ 4-6 hitters (Rolen, Lind, Rios): 6-12, 5 R, 3 RBI, 6 BB. Which of those stats stick out to you? Good, six walks between three hitters, two for each. In fact…
  • The six Phillies pitchers, five if you don’t count Tyler Walker, walked a combined 10 guys. Let me go a little more into this:

Hamels, as I said, walked two.  Chad Durbin walked one, but that was his only base runner, and he struck out two.
J.C. Romero forced himself into a major jam, walking the bases loaded, but managed to work out of it.
Ryan Madson was the one that really hurt as he followed in Brad Lidge’s footsteps of blowing saves. His final line was 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 B, and 2 K. Definitely not what you want from your replacement closer.
Well, if Madson hurt, then I think it’s fair to say that Condrey killed each and every one of us as we watched that game. He managed to only get one out, he gave up 3 hits, FIVE RUNS and walked another two. Just awful when an extra innings game isn’t even a save situation anymore.

Game 2: TORONTO 7, Philadelphia 1


  • In a word, everything.
  • Jaime Moyer, after a few starts that made you think that he was getting good again, proved it all wrong. He went 6 innings, gave up 10 hits, 6 runs, and walked 2. In what can be compared to not having to go to work after a death in the family, he tied a season-high with 6 strikeouts.
  • Another rookie shut down a potentially potent offense. Scott Richmond pitched 8 innings of one-run ball, giving up just 5 hits and walking one, his only mistake being a 4th inning solo soht by Jayson Werth, who often is good for a 1-for-4 day with a solo homer and two strikeouts. He also struck us out a whopping 11 times. We essentially made him look like Roy Halladay, who was supposed to pitch this game, but went on the DL from an injury experienced in Friday’s game against the Marlins. The lowly Marlins swept them, and we get swept by them. I don’t know how else to say that life sucks as a Phillies fan, but if you can think of one, please post it in the comments.
  • We were down by three runs before we even picked up a bat, similar to last Saturday night’s game against the Red Sox, where we had a 5-run deficit after the first half-inning thanks to El Bastardo. Except on Saturday, had the bullpen not given up any runs the rest of the night, we would have won. On Wednesday, we were within 3 runs again after the 4th, but gave up 3 more in the 7th. We attempted a 9th inning, bases-loaded rally, but that fell flat on its face.

Game 3: TORONTO 8, Philadelphia 7


  • Joe Blanton, in typical Joe Blanton fashion, was again ineffective, after tricking us into believing he could be effective for at least a month or so. We also could have used some innings-eating by him. Negative on both counts. 5.1 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 HR. Is it just me or did we really underestimate this Toronto offense?
  • Getting caught stealing. He started a 1st-inning rally, with the first two hitter getting on base. But Rollins was out by a mile, on a terrific blind play by Rolen, I’ll grant him that. But still, caught stealing, rally averted. In the 8th, Victorino singled Rollins home to the game at 7, and predictably, was caught to end the game. Rally averted. Again.
  • Condrey was also predictably bad again to give them a 7-5 lead. Except this time, he didn’t even get a single out. A goose egg 0.0 IP. He also got a lot of help from his friends. Pedro Feliz! Usually sure-handed “Pete Happy” arguably cost us another game with a poorly-timed error! La Navidad infeliz, Pedro. La Navidad infeliz. But back to Condrey, no matter how much you get from friends, 3 hits, a walk, and 2 runs is never good.
  • To harp on a tired, old complaint Rod-freakin’-Barajas screwed us again, with a pinch-hit homer in the top of the 9th off unusually ineffective Ryan Madson. No, Rod. Never again. We won’t get screwed again. No, no. [Cue David Caruso] “It looks like Rod… is a giant d-bag.” Yeaahhhhh!
  • Raul Ibanez is on the DL. That never helps. Especially a week after saying he’s never used steroids.
  • Brain farts. New outfielder John Mayberry, Jr. made one to let on a Rolen single-turned-double. The entire defense made one on a Marco Scutaro walk. And I already mentioned Feliz’s botched double play.
  • Ryan Howard: 1-5, 3 K. The Strikeout King reigns supreme!

For more of Max Gallner’s work, visit his blog, Usually Useless or check out his national posts at In Game Now.



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9 responses to “Gallner: What went wrong against Toronto?

  1. Shay Roddy

    Max– Thanks so much for your work this week. These were great and funny posts. I really appreciatte it.

  2. usuallyuseless

    It was an honor. Is it just me or is it easier to write and talk about a team when they’re playing bad? I mean, there’s only so many ways to say, “We’re the greatest team in baseball!” It’s weird, you hate rooting for a team when they’re playing like this, but it’s so much more to say when you’re complaining a team than when you’re praising them. I wrote a combined 1300-1400 words about they’re awful play this week, and if they had swept, I probably would have just said, “Great. They did exactly what they needed to do. Now they’re going to do again against Baltimore.” I don’t know if it’s the passion and anger and disappointment in your words, but losing just seems to give so much more to talk about.

  3. Shay Roddy

    Yeah, you hit the nail on the head. Maybe we’re just used to it so it’s easier for us. Anyway, even with all the negatives that came out of this series, we’re still in first place.

  4. usuallyuseless

    Which is amazing… Amazing that we’re in a battle of sucking with the Mets. And with another horrible loss to the O’s, our lead has been slimmed down to just 2. I’m officially worried.

  5. Jason

    Hey yo, great guest post. It’s a shame Shay’s not here this week but he picked above average replacements.

  6. Dom


  7. usuallyuseless

    Thanks, Jason! And Dom, join the club, buddy. The guy does more against us than he ever did for us, then, when he’s playing us, he just goes back into hibernation. It’s ridiculous. This happens to us way too often.

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  9. Hey Max, I’ve been following your blogs for a bit now and I just wanted to let you know that I am very pleased to see that there is a Phillies fan as devoted as you are. I and my Hall of Fame jersey for my dramatic and impressive triple play would like to disconnect ourselves from you as a fan due to your constant ridicules that caused me to grow one of the best beards in baseball to hide the many cuts I placed on my chin. You are no the only beholder of this personal secret as to why I have a beard while I am not in the playoffs. I decided I will not sign with th Philadelphia Phillies next year (they didn’t sign me) because of your mindless comments. I would like you to discontinue your blogs or else I will come to david geller’s 3rd period class to slice your eyelid off of your inactive right eye so that it remains open even while you’re in the sun or on a bright day.

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