The Phillies played a _______________ game against the New York Mets - a _______________ 7-4 loss. In the first inning, Chan Ho Park, who is a very _______________ pitcher, gave up a 2-run homer, the 41st homer given up by the Phillies _______________ pitching staff.
Just when it seemed that Park would settle down, he went ahead and gave up 2 more _______________ runs in the second inning, adding insult to injury by allowing the _______________ pitcher, Mike _______________ Pelfrey to drive in a run with a sacrifice fly.
Park continued on his wretched pace by giving up yet another _______________ run in the third inning, again on a sacrifice fly. This time, at least, it wasn't a _______________ pitcher that drove in the _______________ run.
Just when frustration was almost overtaking me, the Phillies roared to life and scored three runs in their half of the third inning. The main blow was delivered by - of course - the _______________ Raul Ibanez, who is furthering his case for being named Phillies _______________.
Incredibly, Park had a _______________ fourth inning, somehow managing to not give up a run. But in the fifth inning, it was back to business, as the _______________ Mets scored another run on a _______________ David Wright single. 6-3 stood the score.
Then later in the fifth, _______________ Pelfrey singled, driving in yet another run. Mets 7, Phillies 3. Park's _______________ night over, after 4 2/3 _______________ innings.
Curiously, the _______________ Mets did not score for the rest of the game, once the Phillies relievers took over. Could the Phillies chip away at this lead and stage one of their 8th or 9th inning comebacks?
Uh, no. Other than a solo Chase Utley home run in the 7th inning, the Phillies went out like lambs. Adding insult to _______________ injury, the Mets bullpen actually saved a _______________ game.
The only saving grace here is that the Marlins had already lost to the Cubs earlier in the day. But giving renewed hope to the _______________ Mets is not the best way to have started this _______________ _______________ weekend!!!
Now, the Phils need to grow a set of _______________ and win the next two. They need to smother that _______________ hope that they've given to the _______________ Mets...and quickly. Or they could be looking back at this _______________ game and thinking about what could have _______________ been.