I can’t lie to you fine people: I fell asleep for the middle four innings of today’s game. I’d had a beer, a sunbeam was shining right on me, and the game was so very, very boring. When I woke up, the score was still 2-0 and I realized I hadn’t missed anything.
Actually, I woke up at a very opportune time. In the bottom of the sixth inning, when there were two outs, a ground ball was hit to Maikel Franco. He caught it right on the line between fair and foul, turned around and faked a throw, and then tossed it into the crowd. Only the ball hadn’t actually been caught in foul ground like Franco thought. The umpire ruled that the ball had been caught in fair ground, so Franco had caught a fair ball, and instead of throwing it to first to end the inning, he threw it away and the runner was automatically awarded second base.
Yeah. That was a helluva thing to wake up to.
The game hadn’t started out that auspiciously, either. Aaron Nola, who has had some serious problems with allowing first inning runs this season, continued to do just that. He threw 31 pitches in the first inning, and two runs crossed the plate.
I wish I had a better defense for falling asleep in the middle of this game. But it’s the second day in a row that the Phillies had issues against a starting pitcher who’s been knocked around by every other team. Yesterday it was Wei-Yin Chen, and today it was Trevor Richards. But aside from the boring and crappy nature of this game, it was all weekend sunbeam beer nap.
So the Phillies lost 2-0, Aaron Nola got a rare loss, and Maikel Franco threw away a ball. But they have a chance to win again tomorrow, in their last game before the All-Star break. I can live with that.