Cliff Lee was masterful last night in San Diego. Chase Utley hit a home run, Dom Brown flashed some leather in left field and the San Diego Padres looked to be no problem for the Phillies on the start of a ten game west coast swing. With the Phillies up 3-0 entering the bottom of the ninth and it already half past midnight I was growing so tired that I just could not manage to fight it any longer. I turned the TV off, rolled over and went to bed, which goes against everything I believe in when it comes to baseball. I always preach the concept of 27 outs on a regular basis, and here I was turning a game off in the middle of the ninth inning.
Let's be honest. I did not want to stay up to watch that unfold.
Jonathan Papelbon blew his fourth save in eight days and the Phillies lost in ten innings, 4-3.
As I went to bed I had already seen Charlie Manuel talking to Lee in the dugout with the Phillies at bat. Already at 109 pitches I had a fear he was trusting Lee too much. P...