Oh indeed. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
Det. Jimmy McNulty: I gotta ask ya. If every time Snotboogie would grab the money and run away, why'd you even let him in the game?
Corner Boy: What?
JM: If Snotboogie always stole the money, why'd you let him play?
CB: Got to. This America, man.
The Phillies got on the board first, when Jimmy Rollins, Jim Thome and Hector Luna launched solo homeruns in the third, fourth and fifth innings. It's not going to be often that a homerun hit by Thome is the shortest in the game, but there you go.
Vance Worley pitched solidly for six innings, with five strikeouts and a walk, but the Phillies' defense unraveled on him. Two of his three runs were unearned, scored in a three-error fourth. He threw 93 pitches, 61 for strikes, and appeared to have all his stuff working.
The O's tacked on a go-ahead run off Jake Diekman in the seventh, and the Phils replied in the top of the eighth, when Thome struck again with an RBI single, to tie the game four all. Now, anyone who said "Thome's a waste of space," please go away: Big Jim is 5 for 9 with a homerun and two doubles since coming off the DL.
Going in to the late innings in a tie road game, surprise surprise, Jonathan Papelbon was not used, as Charlie elected to use Chad Qualls for two innings. This might give you the idea that Qualls, with his 40,000% HR/FB, would have allowed the game-winner. Huh. Rosenberg, to his credit, pitched a perfect 11th before giving up the game to Adam "Marlo" Jones.
Hard to say what really went wrong with this game. Three homeruns is good to see, and so is the 13 hits, but most of the four runs the Phils put up don't count.
Also, the first-base umpire was Lance Barksdale.
Phillies minor league affiliates all play under the lights tonight; rubber match of this three-game series is tomorrow morning at 9:35AM AKDT.