The Phillies opened their series up with the Florida Marlins by winning 5-3. Roy Oswalt pitched 6 1/3 good innings and picked up his 7th win of 2011. John Mayberry Jr also continued his hot streak by hitting his 13th homer of the year. From then on though in this series, well, it left Phillies fans in amazement. The Phils went into the bottom of the 8th inning leading 4-3. Antonio Bastardo who has been lights out all year but walked two to start the inning and David Herndon came in to protect the lead, then bad things began to happen. Herndon gave up a 3 run shot to Gaby Sanchez, as if that didn't suck enough, Mike Cameron and former Phillie Greg Dobbs also homered to make it 8-4 which would end up as the final score.
In the last game of the series, and the Phillies last game at Sun Life Stadium...well it was a hell of a way to go out. In the 6th inning with Ryan Howard at first with nobody out, Hunter Pence hit a flyball to right, two idiots decided to interferer with the ball and it deflected off of the fan's hat and away from Bryan Peterson the Marlins right fielder. Pence at first was given a double, then things got crazy. Marlins skipper Jack McKeon came out to argue that a fan interfered with the ball, now we saw the replay, the fan interfered, there's no doubt about it. But, after McKeon came out to argue, Joe West said they'd review the play, the problem is though, you can't review ANY play in baseball via replay unless it's to see if the ball is a homerun or not. No fan interference, no fair or foul line drives, no balls or strikes, nothing but homeruns. After review, West called Pence out, and Howard was sent back to first. Do I question the fact that that was the right call? Of course not, the dimwits reached over and touched the ball. But the ruling was a double on the field, West can deny it all he wants, but he did not go to review if it was a homerun or not. If he was going to do that, why did he wait til AFTER McKeon argued the call? And you can't even make the argument that McKeon though it should be a homerun, that would hurt the Marlins, he had no other reason to argue but to argue that a fan interfered.
The Phillies played the rest of the game under protest, basically what that means is, the manager says an umpire's decision was in violation of the rules. The Phils would be tied with the Marlins and go into extra innings, Herndon came in again and did a great job working out of two bases loaded jams. Then the umpires decided to change the game once again, it was a 2-1 count to Mike Cameron and a pitch that looked completely like a strike, was called a ball. Herndon proceeded to walk Cameron and the Fish won the series. That call was one of those, "I'm tired, let's go home" calls by the umpire, *cough, Pirates-Braves, Jerry Meals, cough*.
Next come our good friends from down south, the Atlanta Braves. The Braves trail us by 7.5, big lead right? Yeah but if we get swept it's down to 4.5, not as comfortable. People think the division race is over already, no, not at all. It's not over until that magic number reaches 0, the Phils need to come out pumped for this series. This arguably the biggest series of the year right now, you sweep or even take two out of 3 vs these guys, and you possibly dig the Braves a hole too deep to get out of. The Phils send Cliff Lee, Vance Worley, and Roy Oswalt to the mound against the Bravos. TOMAHAWK CHOP THE BRAVOS PHILLIES!