Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse. I tuned into the Mets game and saw the visiting Philadelphia Phillies were up 8-0. That’s bad, I thought. But then I notice: it was still the top of the first! Holy Cow, as that dear departed ex-Yankee Phil Rizzuto would say.
I kept channel surfing and came back to the game in its later innings. I was actually impressed that the onslaught of Mets relievers kept the Phillies in check. Not so fast, sonny. Jeurys Familia sandwiched a single between two outs and then the doors fell off. A walk. A hit to load the bases. A walk to force in a run. A crazy infield hit that started foul and came back into fair territory to drive in another run. Familia out, Josh Edgin in. He hits the next batter to force in another run. So with the bases still loaded, here comes the Phillies’ big bopper, Ryan Howard. Edgin had given up the game-losing home run to Howard in the ninth the night before and the announcers were all, “This will probably be his last outing of the year and he wants to go out on a good note and here’s his chance to atone.”
Final score, 16-1. Hey, at least it wasn’t a shutout. Morale victory.
This being the 50th anniversary year, perhaps the Mets are taking the nostalgia tack, trying to channel the ’62 team.
Oh, and Ike Davis was 0-3.
In other JML news:
Ryan Braun was 0-3 with a walk, a run, an RBI, and his 28th stolen base of the year as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the host Pittsburgh Pirates, 9-7. The Pirates had been an interesting story most of the year, vying for first place in the NL Central. But their recent slump puts them in danger of finishing under .500 for the 19th straight season.
Ryan Lavarnway batted cleanup and was 2-4 with a double, run scored, and RBI as the Boston Red Sox fell to the Sam Fuld-less Tampa Bay Rays, 7-4. Neither Ryan Kalish nor Craig Breslow appeared in the game.
Ian Kinsler was hitless in four at bats but the Texas Rangers beat the host LA Angels, 3-1. Scott Feldman did not appear in the game. He would have been scheduled to start tonight, but after several poor performances, his spot in the rotation, at least for the time being, will be filled by rookie Martin Perez.