So close, but in baseball close only gets you horseshoes and hand grenades.
The Philadelphia Phillies were gaining some momentum leading up to Wednesday night game. They had won three straight for the first time since early June, the pitching was solid enough to hold the Nats to just two runs scored in consecutive games.
Then Wednesday night happened and the Nats tossed that hand grenade and blew Citizens Bank Park up.
The fact that the Phillies lost the game isn’t what makes the game bizarre. If you watched the game you know what I’m talking about. However, if you missed it, you missed quite aperformance by pitcher Cliff Lee. In fact Lee was having a pretty good night right up until the fifth inning. That was until Anthony Rendon and Wilson Ramos hit back-to-back shots off Lee to put the Nats up 2-0.
Back-to-back homers are always brutal for the fans it happens against. But to double it up in back-to-back innings? Now that’s just craziness.
As it turns out it’s not so crazy after all because in the very next inning Ryan Zimmerman and Jayson Werth did it again. In fact it is the sixth time this season the Nats have hit back-to-back homers.
This was the third time in Lee’s career he has allowed four or more home runs, each since 2010.
Stadium energy drained, momentum gone. The season is over, lets kick in the bags and call it a day.
Alright, lets everybody just settle down for a second. Yes the Phils lost and Cliff Lee, who up until last nights game was having a good season, now falls to 10-3. If it’s any consolation, the NL East bottom dwellers Miami managed to beat the Atlanta Braves 6-2 . This is good because the Braves didn’t further separate themselves from the rest of the division the Phils are still 7.5 games behind them. It’s bad because the Phils remain 7.5 games behind when there was an opportunity to close the gap, slightly.
Right handed pitcher Kyle Kendrick (7-6) will get his 14th start to wrap this series up. Kendrick enters tonight’s game with a 3.90 era, 72 strikeouts and a WHIP of 1.29. Philadelphia will be facing Jordan Zimmerman (12-3) and will try to add on his 89 strikeouts and improve his 2.57 era on the season.
Game four will present a challenge, no question about it. But there is no adversity there that the Phils are unable to overcome.