Bats Continue to Sputter
The higher the opponent’s ERA the more the Phillies puzzling offense seems to flutter or sputter or whatever. That’s the way it seems to be going lately.
Three batters into the first inning, the Phillies had a run. That was it until the sixth as Bazardo (9.55 ERA) quieted the Phillies bats and another sellout crowd armed with rally towels. Bazardo was in the Phillies spring training camp as a non-roster invitee but released in March. Six months later he wins his first major league game in two years. That’s the way it seems to be going lately.
Despite scoring the second fewest runs in the NL during the season, the Astros produced eight runs to win their fifth straight against the Phillies and run their Citizens Bank Park record to 11-5, best among the enemy.
Last time the Phillies lead was at four games? August 15, after the Braves beat the Phils in Atlanta. On September 9, the Braves were third, nine out. They’ve gone 15-2 since then (both losses to the Phillies) to pull within four games of the NL East lead and two in the wildcard race.
Happiness now rests with Happ, who has been the Phillies most consistent starter. He’ll face a rookie pitcher (Wilton Lopez) making his first major league start tonight. His ERA? 10.38. Oh, brother.
FOX has chosen Saturday’s game with the Marlins for a national telecast, starting at 4:10 p.m.
Chris Wheeler will sell and autograph his new book, View From The Booth, on the main concourse behind Section 111. The time has also been moved to 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
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