by Max Blue
Nineteen innings and only one run?
Hang on, team, this is no fun
Cole Hamels pitched well,
but still the Phils fell,
to a phoney Fish lefthander’s gun.
Sunday, April 18, 2010. Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Florida – 2, Philadelphia – 0.
WP – Nate Robertson (2-0), LP – Hamels (2-1).
H- Burke Badenhop (3)
S- Leo Nuñez (3)
HR – Uggla (3), 2nd.
A Little League third base coach has this advice for a runner on third with less than two out: “Listen to me, son. If the batter hits the ball to the outfield, your natural reaction is to break for home. YOU MUST RESIST THIS REACTION. You must immediately go back to third base and tag up. If the ball falls for a hit, or is dropped, you will score easily. If the ball is caught, you have a more than even chance of scoring after the catch.”
In the fourth inning of this Phillies’ game with the team trailing 1-0, Jason Werth was on third with one out when Carlos Ruiz hit a fly ball to medium right field. Did Werth go back to tag up? No. He broke for home, then had to recover and retreat to tag up. Too late. He was standing on third when the throw sailed over the catcher’s head, but was backed up by the pitcher. This happens often in kid’s games, but not in the Major Leagues. Disapponting? For sure. Disgusting? That too. A chance to tie the game before 45,000 desperately seeking home fans, who take every loss as a personal affront. Sam Perlozzo, Phils’ third base coach should be banished to Reading for further instruction. Jason Werth should stop thinking about whether to get a shave or not. Pay attention, guys, this is serious stuff. We’re talking about a two-game shift in thestandings – win and take a 2½ game lead over the Marlins, lose and it’s a ½ game. It’s intolerable.