Why no one on the Phillies staff can seem to pitch well in the 8th inning is an on-going and unsolved mystery. And in last night’s appalling 9-2 loss to the Marlins, this baffling problem was magnified once again.
No one pitched particularly well yesterday, not even Roy Halladay. He was not bad, obviously, but while 3 runs in 7 innings is great for most guys, it is slightly sub-par for a guy of Halladay’s pedigree. Still, the offense gave him no support except for 2 RBI from Ty Wigginton, one of which was a solo homer.
But as soon as the Phillies approached that irritating 8th inning, all heck broke loose. B.J. Rosenburg walked the first batter and then allowed 2 straight singles. He has been terrible and his 12.79 ERA is screaming, “Send me back to the minors!” Raul Valdes got an out and then intentionally walked a guy as he was told to before being pulled. That walk eventually counted against his, which really is not right. He did his job.
And then the real fun began when Michael ...