Having the bats show up for just one inning — even a very good inning — is rarely enough to win in major league baseball.
The Phillies proved that last night when the lead they were staked to during a four-run third inning was teetering all night and went "tilt" on a Ryan Zimmerman walk-off grand slam in the ninth inning.
During the Phillies' third inning, they went 5-for-6 with runners in scoring position (yet only scored four runs) and actually had only one batter put out; the other two outs were on runners already on base.
A look at the Phils' offense during that inning as compared to the other eight the umpires insisted they had to play:
|Third Inn.||Other Inns.|
|Batters Put Out||1||21|
|Runners Put Out||2||3|