May 04, 2005

Seo embarrassing

Back-to-back ninth-inning homers aside, the Phillies came within a David Bell single and a couple walks from hitting absolute rock bottom, as they lose to the Mets 3-2 in embarrassing fashion.

The Phillies delivered just one hit – Bell’s – over seven innings against fringe pitcher Jae Seo, who recorded a career-best eight strikeouts. (Update - following the game, Seo was demoted to Triple-A Norfolk to make room for Kris Benson returing from the DL.)

Last night’s loss represented a chronic trend of following an offensive explosion with futility, generating three hits and two runs after Tuesday’s 10-3 win. The Phils waited until the ninth inning to get on the board, with back-to-back home runs by Chase Utley and Bobby Abreu off closer Braden Looper. Pat Burrell and Jason Michaels each had a chance to keep the rally alive but struck out.

Cliff Floyd still holds the hottest bat in the National League, smashing a head-high pitch off Randy Wolf for a round-tripper in the sixth. Then in the seventh, Floyd made a highlight-reel grab in left robbing Michaels of a two-run homer.

Completely healthy for the first time in years, Floyd is making this fantasy baseball owner kick himself, since I had Floyd last year hoping for this kind of comeback, and then passed on him this season.

I’ll have more venomous thoughts tomorrow. Until then, if you hear a loud scream roundabout the Pottstown way, just go back to bed.

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