Tough, tough loss
Jimmy Rollins, ss
Shane Victorino, cf
Chase Utley, 2b
Ryan Howard, 1b
Jeff Conine, rf
Chris Coste, c
David Dellucci, lf
Abraham Nunez, 3b
Cole Hamels, p
At this stage of the season, any defeat is a tough one. Last night’s was more than a tough one, especially when replays of Chase Utley’s disputed home run are run over and over on TV.
Umpires have tough decisions to make. Being humans, they will make mistakes and there are no instant replays to review ala football. I hope baseball never gets to that point, but it sure would have been nice last night.
Fans have inquired as to why we didn’t protest the game. Unfortunately, you can’t protest an umpire’s judgment call.
While the team is the focus, as it should be, there’s a lot going on elsewhere in the organization.
For example, Pat Gillick has a battery of scouts following possible postseason opponents. More and more information, especially current information, will be very valuable should the Phillies advance to postseason play.
Scouting assignments: Billy Moore/Jim Fregosi Jr. are following the Padres; Del Unser and Dean Jongewaard, the Dodgers; Jongewaard is also catching the Oakland A’s along with Brian Kohlscheen; Sonny Bowers and Mike Ledna, have both the Cardinals and Twins; Ron Hansen and Sal Agostinelli, the Mets; Gordon Lakey and Unser, Tigers; **** Lawlor and Gene Schall, Yankees.
Hank King continues as the Phillies advance scout, scouting their next opponent. He has an extensive file from the season and past seasons.
At some point, all the information will be gathered and made available to Charlie Manuel and his staff.