Phils Lose Game, Series, on Brad Lidge Walkoff Hit By Pitch

Phils Lose Game, Series, on Brad Lidge Walkoff Hit By Pitch

Watching all 10 innings of the Phillies' game against the Washington Nationals on Sunday afternoon, it kind of felt like watching a back-to-back doubleheader. Problem is, the Phillies only won the first one.

Roy Halladay weathered a two-run first inning and was picked up by his offense, who answered with two of their own in the top of the next frame. Carlos Ruiz homered with Raul Ibanez on base before Chase Utley rocked a solo shot in the third inning. Doc didn't allow another run through five, and the game became official just before it was halted for a rain delay. Halladay's outing was over, but another game loomed with a start time of 4:30. It didn't end as well as the first, particularly for Brad Lidge.

With spot starter/long man Kyle Kendrick unavailable due to pitching for Roy Oswalt after a long rain delay on Friday, the Phillies turned to Michael Schwimer. The second pitch of Schwimer's career left the yard off the bat of Danny Espinosa. As if that's not bad enough, Schwimer did the pop-up point-out thing.

It could only get better from there for Schwimer, and it did. The rookie retired eight of the next nine batters he faced, and no more runs. In the top of the ninth, Ibanez and Ruiz were again a big part of the offense, with Raul drawing a walk and Ruiz singling him to second. Michael Martinez singled to bring in Ibanez, and the Phils entered the ninth up 4-3.

Antonio Bastardo came into the game and racked up three strikeouts. Unfortunately, he gave up a solo shot to Ian Desmond between K's two and three. Aside from that dinger, Bastardo looked untouchable. The remaining fans were on their feet with two strikes and two outs, as close to certain of a win as you can get. But the remnants of a rain-soaked crowd were in store for an even longer day, as Bastardo hung one a bit, and Desmond drilled it out to left.

After a scoreless top of the tenth, Brad Lidge took over for Bastardo, at which point it got pretty ugly for the Phils and their pilgrims. Lidge allowed a double to Ryan Zimmerman. Lidge got behind in the count to Michael Morse, and with everyone in the park knowing he'd have to rely on a fastball to get back in the at bat, the Phils put on the sign for a free pass. Jayson Werth thankfully didn't deliver the winning run, but he did load the bases with a single.

Lidge struck out Espinosa, but then induced vomiting around the Delaware Valley, rather than a double play. Lidge hit Jonny Gomes' giant padded elbow with a pitch, and the game was over. The bullpen blew a save for the second third time this series, and then gave up the winning run on a HBP. Other than a shitty end to the DC trip, there's not much to worry about here.

Jimmy Rollins Leaves
Oh, except Jimmy Rollins left the gain with a groin strain. He's said to be day-to-day, but will get an MRI. We'll keep you posted, but it's certainly not great news.

The Doc Who Stares at Goats
One of the more entertaining moments of the game came when Halladay struck out Werth for the first of two times, both times looking. Werth flipped his bat down, and drew the ire of the ump and Doc, who gave him a solid stare.

Up Next
The Phils come home for a series against the Mets, followed by a weekend set with the Marlins.

The Rockies Twitter account tweeted whole game in 'Rocky' quotes

The Rockies Twitter account tweeted whole game in 'Rocky' quotes

If you watched Monday night's Phillies loss at the hands of the Colorado Rockies, you probably weren't very entertained -- unless you're a Rockies fan.

But if you followed the game on Twitter and happen to follow the Rockies' account, you may have been slightly more entertained.

Slightly.

They tried something we haven't seen from an opposing team just yet. They tweeted throughout the game using only quotes from the Rocky movie franchise.

Now, you can debate how successful of a move this was but you have to at least give them some points for creativity. And it's not like this was a playoff game with high stakes. This was a relatively boring Monday night game in the middle of May.

You can read our recap of the Phillies' 8-1 loss right here. Or here's how the night transpired on Twitter:

Are we there yet? Philly Sports Talk examines the state of the Sixers

Are we there yet? Philly Sports Talk examines the state of the Sixers

All week on Philly Sports Talk on CSN, we examine how our teams got to this point and where they are in the rebuilding process. 

On Tuesday, Sixers Insider Jessica Camerato takes a look at the state of the Sixers

How did we get here?
By now, you all know about “The Process.” The Sixers last competitive season was five years ago when they reached the Eastern Conference Semifinals in 2012. They began dismantling that group, and the following year, went 34-48 under Doug Collins. 

The Sixers then entered a three-year period of dismal basketball with a revolving door of players coached by Brett Brown that culminated in a 47-199 record. During that time, they stockpiled injured players, draft-and-stash prospects and a handful of future picks through transactions made by then-general manager Sam Hinkie.

Hinkie stepped down from his role with a memorable 13-page resignation letter last April. The Sixers hired Bryan Colangelo as president of basketball operations, marking a new chapter in the organization. 

The 2016-17 season was the first glimpse into the potential of “The Process.” They finished 28-54, including a 10-5 month of January. Joel Embiid made his NBA debut after two years. While he was limited to 31 games because of (another) injury, he quickly proved he can dominate when healthy. Dario Saric came to the NBA two years after being drafted in 2014 and emerged as a Rookie-of-the-Year candidate after Embiid was shut down for the season. The Sixers landed the number one pick in the 2016 draft and are waiting on the debut of Ben Simmons, who suffered a Jones fracture in training camp. This season, the Sixers established legitimate pieces for their future, rather than players who could be on the summer league team. 

Are the Sixers on the right path back to prosperity?
The Sixers are on the right path back to prosperity, and it starts this offseason. They have the third pick in the 2017 draft, with the possibilities of adding another young talent or packaging the pick to land a more established player. The Sixers have flexibility with plenty of cap space — which they could use to acquire a key free agent. The team has maintained they will not rush into making a trade just for the sake of it  — Jahlil Okafor’s future with the Sixers is still uncertain — or spending money just because it’s available. The Sixers showed flashes of potential last season. If they gather the right pieces this summer and — a big “and” — they stay healthy, the Sixers will continue to move toward an upward trend of rebuilding with the longer-term goals (this isn't happening overnight) of becoming a contender again. 

Coming Wednesday: A look at the Phillies' rebuild