Tonight's broadcast didn't annoy me as much as Game 1. Of course, with the Phillies doing so horrid, that's not saying too much. But as much as I loved bashing them for the previous night's abomination, I have to give them credit for game 2. I felt both stepped up to just below mediocre, which is a pretty significant increase. More on the flip side...
Unfortunately, the same can't be said for the umpires, particularly home plate umpire Kerwin Danley. I know this will sound like sour grapes since the Phillies lost, and blaming the umpiring sounds pathetic, but really. He blew two calls that seemed pretty cut and dry. I'm not complaining about his strike zone or any close call that can go either way. I'm talking about blatantly disregarding a rule (asking for an appeal after ringing up the batter - as I understand it, you can't go back and "correct" a call) and for missing Rollins get hit by a pitch. It wasn't close.
Of course, even I can admit that's not why the Phillies lost the game. They lost the game because they couldn't manufacture runs, and the Rays could.
Strangely, I'm not too upset with this turn of events. I didn't think the Phillies were going to sweep the Rays, and I'm excited the Series is coming back to Philadelphia tied 1-1. Yes, it's frustrating to watch a game in which so many chances are squandered, but really to me it felt the team was complacent and not in a slump.
Of course, this is the opinion of a person 1200 miles away watching on TV half-drunk, so take it for what it is.
Other notes from the game last night...
- I know it's imperative to stay loose, but what was Rays' first baseman Pena doing before the game with that bizarre clapping under the leg dance?
- McCarver called Rays' pitcher Price a phenom - he's pitched in 5 games this year. I know he got them out of a jam against Boston, but let's not anoint him Bob Gibson status just yet.
- McCarver also called Brett Myers one of the "endurable" pitchers on the Phillies staff. I'm guessing he meant "durable" unless he knows something about Myers we don't. Because I'm not sure "tolerable" is a word I would use to describe Myers. Maybe it's just me.
- Every time I see Joe Maddon I think he's going to start snapping and break out into some spoken word.
- The same will never be said about Charlie Manuel.
- BJ Upton didn't run out another double play ball. That makes 3 for him in 2 games. Thanks for coming BJ.