The Phillies desperately needed a win on Monday night in San Diego. The man they called on to stop the bleeding after a team loss was back at it again. Cliff Lee took the mound at PetCo Park and was dealing. He didn’t allow a hit until the 4th inning. The offense was pretty much what we have been used to getting for the better part of the 2013 season – a few runs here and their. Carlos Ruiz had 3 singles and drove in the games first run in the 1st inning. Jimmy Rollins would hit a sacrifice fly in the top of the 5th inning scoring John Mayberry to make it 2-0 Phils. The next, and ultimately final, time the Phillies would score was in the Top of the 8th on a bomb to dead center field by Chase Utley – 3-0 Phillies.
The Phillies telecast showed skipper Charlie Manuel conversing with Cliff Lee during the 8th inning. Manuel was making sure Cliff Lee had enough juice to pitch the 9th. With confidence in his reliable south paw, Charlie Manuel sent Lee into the 9th with a 3-0 lead. Carlos Quentin lead off the inning with a single off of Cliff Lee. The next batter to face Lee was Chase Headley. Headley would double to left, advancing Quentin to third. By this time, Manuel had seen enough and brought in closer Jonathan Papelbon to close out the Padres. Papelbon would allow an RBI single to Kyle Blanks scoring Quentin from third. It’s now a 3-2 Phillies lead. Jesus Guzman would be the batter and Papelbon hit him! Blanks advances to second. That would bring up Yasmani Grandal who hit into a double play. Now there were two outs in the 9th inning with a 3-2 Phillies lead. The next hitter would be Mark Kotsay. The worst happened next. A passed ball to tie the game.
The game remained tied when the Phillies failed to score Jimmy Rollins who was left stranded at third with no outs to end the 10th. Next, the nightmare ensued. Justin De Fratus was called upon to keep the Padres at bay. He would face Logan Forsythe who would pop out to Jimmy Rollins for the first out. Next, the batter was Chris Denorfia… He would take a walk to bring up Carlos Quentin who was hit by a pitch. The next hitter was Chase Headley and what else would Headley do but take yet another walk from the struggling reliever, De Fratus. Now, Kyle Blanks would come to bat with the bases juiced. He would single to left field and the Padres would walk off the Phillies 4-3.
The Phillies had a 3-0 lead in the ninth inning. As Phillies fans, we knew deep down inside that there was a chance the game would end up in the loss column even leading in the ninth inning. Jonathan Papelbon blew his fifth save in the last week. Charlie Manuel shouldn’t have put Cliff Lee in the 9th inning period. Give Papelbon a clean inning to work with and we just very well ma have been talking about a nice Phillies victory.
- Kevin Frandsen and Michael Young- combined 0-for-9 tonight.
- Chase Utley hit his 1st homer since returning from the DL
- Domonic Brown made a gold glove play in Left.
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