Uggla'd: Halladay Loses Second Straight Complete Game

Uggla'd: Halladay Loses Second Straight Complete Game

Those of us hoping to see some flash from the bats on Sunday were left wanting, and for the second straight outing, Roy Halladay pitched a complete game loss. Tim Hudson held the Phils to a pair of runs, and Dan Uggla knocked a game-winning homer in the bottom of the eighth to put the Braves ahead, 3-2.

Halladay had some bad luck, with several of the eight hits he allowed coming off of broken bats. One almost impaled him. Doc had some trouble getting leadoff men out, with Uggla in particular giving him fits. Uggla scored all three Braves runs, and he led off each of the innings he scored in (a single, a walk, and the homer). All this from a guy barely over .200 on the season. Just not a lucky day for Halladay, who wasn't bad at all.

It was Halladay's first loss to the Braves since joining the Phillies last season.

MAYBE MAYBERRY?
Getting the start in right, John Mayberry Jr was the lone Phillie helping Doc out at the plate, walking twice, swiping a bag, and slamming a two-run homer in the top of the sixth. It reminded me of something Mitch Williams said when speaking to the WIP morning show earlier this week, to the effect of, if Mayberry got regular at bats, he'd probably run into 25 HR over the course of a season. Hmmm…

The rest of the offense was unable to get to Hudson, who worked them rather than the other way around (eg, Jimmy Rollins saw six pitches in his first three at bats). Most of the regulars went 0-fer the day, with Carlos Ruiz being the only exception. Chooch got his first hit in his last 27 at bats.

Not the finale to the weekend we were looking for, with the Phillies dropping the series to the Braves and lacking pop in the lineup.

NEXT UP...
Up next is a trip to St. Louis for a pair of games, where the Cardinals are swinging the bats well but not pitching anywhere near as well as the guys we've just seen. The Cardinals scored five ninth-inning runs today but still lost to the Reds by a 9-7 count. Cincinnati swept the Cards, scoring six, seven, and nine runs in the three games of the series.

Can the Phillies get on that wagon?

The Phillies season in one video: 'Phanatic tries to comfort crying baby'

The Phillies season in one video: 'Phanatic tries to comfort crying baby'

What is there to say about the Philadelphia Phillies?

In doing my usual postgame perusal of the Internet after their 7-2 loss on Wednesday night, I visited Phillies.com to see what kind of "highlights" they could have possibly posted from another crushing defeat at the hands of the Colorado Rockies.

Thankfully, the first thing that caught my eye was a video titled, "Phanatic tries to comfort crying baby."

It was not Larry Andersen in the Phanatic's arms. Nor me.

And that's the Phillies season in a nutshell.

"You gotta question the parenting skills here," John Kruk said on the telecast. And he's right! What kind of parent would raise their kid to be a Philly sports fan?!?

The Phillies now have the worst record in all of baseball. They're 4-20 in their last 24 games. It's their worst start to a season since 1960.

Even the Phanatic doesn't have enough popcorn to mask all the pain.

If you want to read about the upbeat approach Pete Mackanin is taking, go give this a gander.

"In a long season, these things sometimes happen," Mackanin told reporters. "I remember Atlanta, the first half last year, was terrible. They had a real good second half. I believe we just need to get something going. We're going to put something together. I believe that."

That makes one of us.

Highly ranked 2018 recruit Brandon Slater verbally commits to Villanova

Highly ranked 2018 recruit Brandon Slater verbally commits to Villanova

The future of Villanova basketball just got brighter.

Brandon Slater, a 6-foot-6 wing and highly touted 2018 recruit, told Scout.com on Wednesday night that he has verbally committed to the Wildcats.

He later made the announcement on Twitter.

Among the 2018 recruiting class, Slater, a product of Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax, Virginia, is ranked in the top 30 by Scout.com and top 50 by ESPN.com. He's slated as a four-star talent by both media outlets.

Per ESPN, Slater had offers from Louisville, Maryland, Miami, Syracuse, USC and Virginia Tech. He is Villanova's first commitment for 2018.

"Going up there it just feels like a second home," Slater said, via Evan Daniels of Scout.com. "It gives me a good vibe. It's nothing like all the other schools. I just feel like a Villanova guy. It feels like PVI. It's already home."

Slater and Villanova head coach Jay Wright expressed their excitement on Twitter.