Sure, the Phillies had just lost their last six games and were about to be swept by the Rockies, but who wouldn't want to tune into a lazy Sunday broadcast, featuring multiple cutaways to baseball's classic mainstays - broadcasters being drawn by a caricaturist and instructions from Gregg Murphy on how to fill out an All-Star ballot (something Phillies fans will really need to know this July!)
Then, there was the baseball game. Did the Phillies win it? No they did not. At no point did they appear to want to win the game very much, and at no point did they threaten to.
They were already not winning in the first inning, when starter Jerome Williams allowed a two-run home run to Nolan Arenado. Williams' ERA for the month of May following his appearance would finish at a nice, crisp 6.62. Meanwhile, the Phillies are using tomorrow's off day to skip a start from Severino Gonzalez, who struck out six guys in a row once.
But the runs didn't stop there! Three innings later in the fifth, D.J. LeMahieu socked another two-run home run, giving the Rockies a 4-1 lead, following Cameron Rupp's RBI double in the second inning. Could the Phillies and their NL-last 27 home runs keep pace?
No they could not. And the game went on. Meanwhile, down in McFadden's:
: World Champion nonetheless @KevO_3289 @matt_breen pic.twitter.com/OlooNslI6e— Joe Andre (@JoeAndre612) May 31, 2015
The Phillies were 0-for-17 with RISP during this current series when Odubel Herrera stepped up to the plate with runners on first and second in the seventh inning. His bloopy single pushed everyone up a base for what's known across the game as "bases loaded with no outs." Colorado manager Walt Weiss swapped out Chris Rusin for Brooks Brown on the mound and Cameron Rupp, Darin Ruf, and Ben Revere each took turns striking out swinging to end what, despite being a situation heavily in their favor, never really felt like a threat.
The #Phillies are 1-for-28 with runners in scoring position since Maikel Franco's 8th inning RBI May 26 against the Mets.— Stephen Gross (@SteveGrossMCall) May 31, 2015
No one did anything of note to close things out; I think Ben Revere made a catch that looked like it cost him a functioning wrist and Justin De Fratus and Jeanmar Gomez combined for three runless, hitless innings. Though speaking of closing, Jonathan Papelbon was once again brought in to pitch in a non-save, non-win situation, the second time he's done so (or appeared at all) in 11 days.