First, the obvious is that the Phils lost the series finale against the Marlins 2-0 this afternoon, spoiling a brilliant effort from Cole Hamels. More disturbingly, however, was that the Marlins hurlers baffled the Phillies batters again. Florida starter Nate Robertson combined with two relievers to shut out the home team while giving up only 4 hits. This is after Marlins’ starter Ricky Nolasco gave up only one run and five hits during his complete game yesterday.
The anti-heads up play of the day goes to Jayson Werth, who had the chance to score in the fourth inning on a sacrifice fly to center field off the bat of Carlos Ruiz which would have tied the game at that point. Werth, though, read the ball poorly, got back to third to tag up too late, then misread the wide throw home from Marlin’s center-fielder Maybin and ran back to third base. I know, you had to see it for the last sentence to make sense, but it happened, and Werth should have scored on the play.
The last two games have been a struggle for the Phillies offense, scoring just one run on nine hits.
The team and fans alike have been waiting for the since 2008 to witness the World Series MVP version of Cole Hamels to reappear. That wish was finally granted today. Cole looked as sharp as he has since two postseasons ago, striking out a season high nine and, more importantly, walking none over 8+ innings. Cole didn’t seem bothered, as he’s shown in the past, at the lack of support given by the rest of the team.
The Phillies’ bats hit a cold streak this weekend, something that happens frequently during the course of a baseball season. If it feels like it’s time to panic, be assured that it is not. When a team begins a season like the Phillies have, scoring 78 runs over their first 12 games, it’s easy to forget that that’s not normal. If the Phillies continue on their current pace, they finish the season with 1053 runs scored. Before the past two games against Florida, they were on a pace of 1247 runs scored for the season.
The MLB record for runs scored? That would be 1220 runs by the Boston Beaneaters in 1894.