Move along, not much to see here: the Indians hit seven HRs, most high and deep into the stands on a warm Cleveland night to beat the Phils 14-2.
As quickly as the optimism developed that Roy Halladay had turned the corner (1.71 ERA in his previous three starts), it evaporated three times as quickly. The Tribe got to Doc quickly – Carlos Santana and Mark Reynolds each hit a two-run homer in the first.
Halladay seemingly regained his composure with a smooth second and third innings. Lonnie Chisenhall took Doc deep and Asdrubal Cabrera chased him with a two-run single in the fourth to end his night. Doc’s final line? 3.2 IP, 9 H, 8 R (all earned), 2 BB, 3 K, 3 HR. Ouch.
BULLPEN DISAPPEARS, TOO
One of the highlights of the weekend sweep of the Mets was the bullpen’s standout job. Tonight? Not so much. With the game already out of hand, 8-1, Chad Durbin gave up 4 ER in 1.1 IP and Raul Valdes gave up 2 ER in 2 IP. Aumont pitched a scoreless 8th but narrowly avoided self-inflicted trouble.
BUT HEY! DELMON YOUNG, THOUGH!
In one of the most anticipated, for both good and bad reasons, debuts of the season, Delmon Young delivered. Young went 2-3 with a second inning HR, a single, and a walk. That was a positive. The rest of the offense? The rest of the offense only mustered five more hits, including a Chase Utley solo homer and a Ryan Howard double. John Mayberry Jr. had the only other hit – a single.
Listen, this game was probably the worst game of the season and has the potential to be the game that leaves you with the sickest feeling in your stomach. The Phils seemed to have all the momentum in the world – three wins, Doc righting the ship headed into a pair in Cleveland with Chooch back. This seemed like their’s to take. But it wasn’t.
The Phils will play the Indians again tomorrow, sending Cliff Lee to the hill against Trevor Bauer. At least it couldn’t possibly be worse than today.