Saturday, April 18, 2009

Beauty May Only Be Skin Deep But Ugly Cuts Clear To The Bone

Ugly, ugly loss and what's worse, the heretofore reliable parts of the bullpen collapsed.

Cole Hamels continues to unimpress but Ryan Madson chose a terrible time to surrender his first hits let alone runs of the young (but feeling old by the minute) season. In the process, the Phils blew leads of 5 - 1 and 7 - 1 as the Padres roared back to win 8-7. Early or not, this is the kind of loss that comes back to haunt teams. It also comes on the heels of big loss to Washington, that team's only victory of the season.

One of the few pluses on the evening was the continued clutch hitting and fielding of Raul Ibanez, who has already won me over for his steady, unspectacular, professional approach to the game. Let's hope it rubs off on his new teammates, who barely ressemble world champions.

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