Wednesday, June 02, 2004

June Swoon? | While reader Dan preaches caution and points to the typical ups and downs of the long baseball season, the Phillies again forgot how to hit tonight. Starter Tom Glavine, who's really bringing it this season, and a trio of Met relievers gave up just five hits in 10 innings, and the Mets used a pair of dingers from Todd Zeile -- older than dirt and the very definition of a journeyman infielder -- to secure a 5-3 victory and complete a three-game sweep. Zeile's eighth-inning shot off Ryan Madson tied the game at 3, and his 10th-inning tater to right, this one off the increasingly maligned Roberto Hernandez, put it away. The Phillies made things interesting by loading the bases for Jim Thome in the bottom of the 10th, but the big guy grounded out to end the threat.

Now the Fightin's face the prospect of trying to right the ship at Turner Field, and as Larry Bowa and others continue to point out, until someone knocks them off, the Braves are still the division champs. I wish I could be as optimistic as Dan, but getting Billy Wagner back won't mean much if the Phillies continue to play as if they're swinging Wiffle bats instead of Louisville Sluggers. Seven runs in three games against the Mets? Just not good enough.


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