Good morning everyone, everybody have a great day.
The Phillies arrived back home last night after going .500 on the West Coast swing, a few games before that it was almost a miracle for them to even do that pleasent during this road trip because of the offensive struggles that occurred in San Diego. The Phillies pulled a rabbit out of somewhere or someone and won the final two games of this road trip in Arizona. Those wins were not pitching duels wins, these wins were offensive scoring wins and seeing these type of wins makes me all happy inside, okay that sounded weird but you Phillies fans get the point.
The first part of this trip was out in the lovely Bay Area for a three game series, the Phillies only won one game out of the three but really should have won two but the offense just could not chalk up even one run for Cliff Lee. Lee pitched one of the best games of his career but did not get the win ): After that great game a few days later Cliff Lee went onto the 15 day disabled list, he has been throwing since then and said his shoulder is getting better.
The Phillies lost this series and it renewed the hate I have towards the Giants once again.
The Phillies then went to beautiful San Diego where yours truly went to all four games, it’s pretty sad to See Petco Park so empty for all four games as it was. The only game where there was a decent crowd was Saturday night but all of the other games the crowds were very marginal, lots of Phillies fans and a whole ton of Phillies chants. That’s what you get when you put a horrible product out there on the field.
The first two games of that San Diego series went wonderful, the next two games were very frustrating to be at. They were shut out Saturday night and only could muster up one run on Sunday. I was really disappointed and worried when we lost to San Diego because they are basically a Triple A team, I really think a high school baseball team could be able to beat this suckfest of a team.
Then the Phillies went to the scorching desert to play a three game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks, they basically got blown out the first game but the final score did not show that because the Phillies went on a little rampage in the top of the ninth inning in that game by scoring five runs, at that point in time I really did not think it was even possible to score five runs in one game let alone an inning. I think most of the Phillies fans were shocked at that time and then I had that thought like the Phillies could come back and win this game like the New York Yankees did to beat the Boston Red Sox when they were down by eight runs, but my hopes and dreams were crushed real quick when Freddy Galvis grounded out into a double play and the Phillies would lose the first game of the series.
After that game I was deeply depressed and if I was able to drink I definitely would have.
The Phillies would come back with an offensive punch in the next two games and leave the west coast trip feeling a little better with themselves, Phillies went .500 on the trip.
Both Michael Stutes and Cliff Lee went on the 15 day disabled list when the team was out west, Stutes was pitching with shoulder issues throughout the early part of this season and sometimes that is not such a great idea. Cliff Lee landed himself on the disabled list with a strained left oblique.
Michael Schwimer was called up to replace Stutes in the bullpen.
Hunter Pence did not play in Monday nights game because of a sore left shoulder that he hurt the day before in San Diego, the last thing I wanted to hear and the Phillies wanted to hear is Hunter Pence with an injury that would sideline him. Tuesday afternoon Hunter Pence went and got an MRI on that shoulder, everything must have been okay with it because that night his name was pencilled in the lineup and he blasted a two run home run to right field to top it all off.
We also were able for the first time this regular season to see Chase Utley in the Phillies dugout, he joined the team out in Arizona and was with the team the whole three game series. Chase Utley is however going to stay in Arizona still but he did look pretty good shagging and hitting in batting practice. Please come back Chase.
The Phillies are now back home and ready to embark on a four game home stand before they on the road to face the Atlanta Braves and the Washington Nationals, the Nationals are still trying to take back their ballpark.
The Phillies begin a four game series with the Chicago Cubs tomorrow night at Citizens Bank Park at 7:05 Pm EST. I always like playing the Cubs because they are a pretty pathetically bad team so that means wins for the home team.
I’m going to go sleep for 20 hours now, goodnight folks.