Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Phils give one away to Reds, Halladay a good fit in Philly?

That was a tough loss for the Phillies last night after their 22-1 pounding of the Reds the previous night. The Phils have no one to blame for the loss but themselves, after leaving runner after runner in scoring position. Jumping out to a 3-0 lead, the Phillies had a bases loaded situation with no outs. After failing to plate a single run, the game turned downward from there. J.A. Happ pitched well, but allowed two home runs to Brandon Phillips and left the game in a 3-3 tie. Brad Lidge came on in the ninth to allow the losing run. Happ should have been working with a much bigger cushion, but time and time again the Phillies did not come through last night. Carlos Ruiz led off an inning with a triple, and the lineup failed to bring him in. These failed opportunities add up to loses, and that's exactly what happened last night.

Reports surfaced at the beginning of the week that the Phillies were to scout free agent pitcher Pedro Martinez in the Dominican Republic. Ruben Amaro Jr. explained that the team is exploring all options, but a source indicated to Comcast Sportsnet that the Phillies are much more interested than they are letting on.

ESPN's Buster Olney reported on trade rumors surrounding Roy Halladay today. He named the Phillies as the best suitors to acquire Halladay through trade, citing their motivation and the package of prospects they could offer in return. The Phillies would certainly be sacrificing a piece of their future as they would likely lose Jason Donald and Kyle Drabeck, and likely at least one more player, but they'd be primed to make another run at the title this year with Cole Hamels and Halladay at the top of the rotation.

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