Thursday, July 23, 2009

Snap, crackle, plop for Phils

What, did you think they were going to run the table?

The baseball season is a marathon, 162 games long. The fact that the Phils ran off 10 straight wins is a bit of a marvel, even as most of their fans continued to clamor for the team to add an “ace” to their starting rotation.

Less than 24 hours after Jayson Werth stuck a dagger into the Cubs with his 13th inning, walk-off homer, the Cubs returned the favor, knocking off the Phils 10-5 and snapping the Phils 10-game streak.

No doubt on a lot of minds today will once again be the fact that the Cubs smacked five straight hits off Jamie Moyer to jump out to a 4-0 lead in the fourth. The Phils tried to scratch their way back into it, but could get no closer than 5-3. The Cubs touched Phils’ reliever Chad Durbin for three more runs in the seventh and that was more than enough.

The Phils did send Ryan Howard to the plate with the bases loaded in the eighth, but this time there was no game-tying bomb. Howard grounded out.

The Phils will look to start a new streak tonight in the single-game makeup date with the Padres. Then the Cards arrive for the weekend.

None of this will silence the talk about whether or not the Phils should acquire Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay and how much they should be willing to part with to do it.

Outings like the one put up by Moyer yesterday won’t make any of that talk go away.

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