Going into the 12th inning the Phillies and the Pirates were locked in a 1-1 battle. They scored those runs on a blown call and defensive miscues. None of that would matter as the Pirates outlasted the Phillies in twelve.
Hamels again pitched exceptionally well. His strikeouts were minimal as he benefitted from plenty of groundouts, and great defense. Hamels allowed just one hit in eight innings, and the run that was scored came after walk, bunt and a sacrifice fly.
That’s small ball for ya.
The Phillies offense has been pretty pathetic in their last three games. The Pirates pitch well, but when you look at this matchup you would think that the Phillies should still be pounding the daylight out of them. It baffles me sometimes to figure out how the Phillies, with the offense as poor as it is, are still holding on to first place in the N.L. East. It won’t last much longer if this keeps up.
Looking at the schedule on Thursday I figured if there was a game the Phillies were going to lose, it would most likely be on Saturday. Kyle Kendrick will need plenty of support as he’s facing a good pitcher in Charlie Morton.