Tim Wakefield had just one really bad inning today out of 7 1/3 he pitched today, but it was a killer.
The Phillies got five straight hits, including a Raul Ibanez two-run shot, and got four runs off Wake, and that's all they needed in getting a 5-3 win.
The game looked like it was going to get out of hand in the first, as Wake hit the first batter, Shane Victorino ("The fix is on" I always think to myself when that happens, a reference to "Eight Men Out") and the next two hitters got on. Bases jammed, none out, but Wake got out of it, on a fly to right and a round-the-horn DP. He had two terrific stretches in the game, but the fourth in-between did him in.
Adrian Beltre hit one into the Monster Seats to make 1-0 in the second. I had thoughts of a sweep, but it was not to be. Two of three from the defending NL title holders? I'll take it.
Next up, the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night for three. New York won, and Tampa Bay lost to Florida (Is their starting pitching crashing to earth or what?), so now New York and the Rays are tied for first and the Red Sox are four back.