I’m starting this recap the same way I’ve started many in my time at The Good Phight:
You don’t really want to read about this game. Or most of it, at least.
It started so well, too. The Phillies jumped out to a 4-0 lead after 2 1/2 frames, and it seemed like the Phillies might actually score a few more on Stephen Strasburg before the night was over. Cody Asche singled in a run, Tyler Goeddel singled in a run, Tommy Joseph hit his sixth home run of the year, things were going pretty well.
And then the rest of the game happened.
They answered the Phillies’ two runs in the third with two runs of their own. And then in the next inning they scored two more. And the same in the inning after that. And then one in next inning, and two again after. Who was it? Who cares. It was some Nationals guys. There are a lot of them, and a bunch of them did some hitting, Revere, Harper, Ramos, fucking Werth, Danny Espinosa the baby eater, Stephen Drew and his weird mouth, I really just cannot stand any of them. Daniel Murphy did a lot of damage, and I hate him. I really hate him a lot. So much. Tremendously, almost beyond describing. My hatred of him is second only to my hatred of the Nationals.
I cannot adequately or accurately convey how much I really, really hate the Nationals. The only person who understands is @mattcarnavos.— Liz Roscher (@lizroscher) June 11, 2016
Jeremy Hellickson had a shitty night. In six innings he gave up nine hits and seven runs. SEVEN. RUNS. That is BAD. That is VERY BAD. I can’t beat around the bush here. That wouldn’t do anyone any favors. His replacement was Luis Garcia, and he didn’t do much better.
Luis Garcia threw 29 pitches, 15 balls, 14 strikes, in the seventh inning and allowed two runs. Phillies trail, 9-4— Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyCSN) June 11, 2016
I’ve failed to mention one very important highlight of the evening, though.
TOMMY JOSEPH HIT ANOTHER HOME RUN IN THIS GAME. YES HE DID. HE TOTALLY DID. HE DID IT AND IT WAS INCREDIBLE.
Tommy Joseph is slashing .323/.333/.677. He is third on the team in homers. Well.— Matt Gelb (@MattGelb) June 11, 2016
Sort of crazy: It appears no Phillies player has ever hit 7 HR in his first 21 major-league games until Tommy Joseph did it.— Matt Gelb (@MattGelb) June 11, 2016
Imagine that in this spot, I’d written a long rant about how Pete Mackanin needs to stop starting Ryan Howard on a regular basis. Now imagine you’re me and you see this tweet.
Mackanin: "I can’t sit Tommy Joseph." He is the Phillies’ starting first baseman.— Matt Gelb (@MattGelb) June 11, 2016
Yeah, I deleted it. Because Mackanin finally said what I needed him to say, what he just plain needed to say. Tommy Joseph is the starting first baseman of the Phillies. He’s definitively earned it with his play tonight, and nearly every other night of his short major league career. It’s time. It’s time! And I’m so excited.
Yeah, we’re all coming down from the amazingness of April and some of May. But there are still a few things to look forward to. And tonight Tommy Joseph put on a show for us.
Seriously, I hate the Nationals.