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Philadelphia Phillies Inside Pitch 2009-04-23

Philadelphia Phillies Inside Pitch 2009-04-23
Asked to sum up the state of the Phillies after Wednesday night's flat and rain-soaked 3-1 loss, pitcher Joe Blanton invoked memories of everyone's proverbial first car.

"It's almost like it won't start," he said, "but it's ready to get that nice kick and start rolling."

Right fielder Jayson Werth agreed with the analogy. Then, he invented his own word to explain the Phillies' sluggish 6-7 start.


"However you want to put it," Werth said with a smile. "Throw it in a quote. It's fine."

Regardless of the word, Werth was referring to the many stops and starts in the Phillies' April schedule caused by days off, rain, pregame ceremonies and even the untimely death of Hall of Fame broadcaster Harry Kalas. The intermittent schedule has prevented the Phillies from playing on more than four consecutive days or getting into any semblance of a normal routine.

"I'm sure that's had an effect," Werth said. "We're pretty rhythmatic in that sense."

There's that word again.

Point is, the Phillies aren't panicking. They've never been fast starters. Two seasons ago, they started 4-11. Last year, they were 11-11 on April 23. Both times, they won the National League East. So, an eight-hit effort in a loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on a cold, windy and rainy April night at Citizens Bank Park isn't going to freak anybody out.

"We've got the players here," said Blanton, who put forth his second consecutive quality start but lost for a second straight time. "Everybody knows that everybody is going to come through. It's kind of cliche, but it's a long season. That's why nobody's panicking.

"You can kind of feel like it's coming. It's almost like we get into that rhythm, and then it gets off that path just for a second. It's almost rolling. I think it's just a matter of time before we jump on and hopefully take off."

BREWERS 3, PHILLIES 1: Jayson Werth hit a solo home run in the ninth inning, but the Phillies mustered little offense against Brewers starter Braden Looper and three relievers. The loss snapped the Phillies' six-game winning streak over the Brewers and a five-game winning streak over Milwaukee at Citizens Bank Park. Phillies starter Joe Blanton allowed three runs on eight hits in six innings for his second consecutive quality start. Werth had two hits for the Phillies, who got only eight hits and didn't advance a runner beyond second base in the first eight innings.

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