So Jimmy Rollins came to the rescue for the Phillies again.
Better yet, the Phillies' offense saved the pitching staff from some trouble... again.
The reigning NL MVP capped off a big rally in the seventh with a two-out homer with one out to knot the game at 6. People laughed, jumped, yelled, waved flags, threw paper and pounded themselves on the head as if the Ayatollah had just died.
Yes, people really want this baseball team to win games.
Knotted at 6 and headed for the late innings, it seems as if the Phillies are sitting pretty. They have scored 6 runs without mounting much a sustained rally at any point of the ballgame, and have done so with some shaky pitching on top of that.
Pitching and defense? Nah... The Phillies do it with homers and walks.
Anyway, Rollins came through. Flash Gordon is on in the ninth. Perhaps this is where the thinness of the team's bullpen gets it into trouble?
Man, what's with all this negativity?
So am I prophetic or just a jerk?
Is there extra points in predicting the undoing of the bullpen, or is that just too easy with this Phillies' club?
Is this the way it's going to be all summer with this shooting gallery of balls flying around the bandbox with this pitching staff?
What's with all the questions?
Anyway, Tom Gordon got lit up more than my mick uncles on St. Patrick's Day. In fact, I thought I heard someone shout, "INCOMING!" after every one of Flash's pitches.
I hid under the table here at seat 92.
Oddly enough, the PA system began blaring, "Disco Inferno" at the end of the inning.
Burn, baby, burn!
Coincidence? I think not.
Just like that it's 11-6 heading to the bottom of the ninth. Flash's line: