Finding Ways to Win, Phillies Find Manual His 500th
It was an unconventional one today, but we’ll take it. Charlie Manual got his 500th career win and it went something like this… 5 unearned runs off 3 Giants errors, 5 walks and the winning run scored by Ryan Howard chugging it all the way from second with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th…my tummy was a turnin’, I can tell you that. It was nice to see a struggling Howard give his team a lift though, getting 3 of those 5 walks instead of adding to his already surmounting strikeout total. He had to feel good about that and I think that will go a long way in helping him get back on track.
Cole Hamels did pretty well today. But we all had a bit more fun watching Tim Lincecum pitch, including the very congenial Giants fan sitting in front of me who said Tim looked to be about 12 years old. Have you seen the baby face on this kid? Oh my! You just want to pat him on the head and take him out for ice cream. What a cutie :o) Then you watch him throw a 97 mph fast ball followed by an 81 mph change up and repeat the same sequence over and over again and you’re going, huh? He is SO not 12 years old… Wow.
There were a lot of very strange plays in this series. Not the least of which was the extreme take out at the plate of Carlos Ruiz by Giants short stop Emmanuel Burriss, which was totally unnecessary. He was already safe at home before he took out Carlos, so there was NO need for it. And it was one of the most brutal hits I’ve ever seen…seriously, check out the photos I took and make special note of where Burriss’ leg is. He shot Ruiz backwards through the air about 3 or 4 feet…
A lot of other really fun plays too. So many that I could not stop with just those so I threw together a photo collage here. Here is what you will see below from top to bottom…Saturday: Eric Bruntlett catches Aaron Rowand stealing; Sunday: Geoff Jenkins in mid-air, jumping WAY too soon – look up, you will see the ball and a very scared female fan!; Rowand catching a Jenkins long fly ball; Ruiz tags Rowand out at the plate, but apparently, he forgot the ball?
And, yes I just could not get enough of Aaron Rowand since it was the only time I’d see him all year…so, one more cute shot coming your way… And a nice family photo of the Myers too! Brett had his Mom out for the Mother’s Day celebration today, along with his wife, kids and his Dad too. Cuteness abounds! So, Chase says goodbye to Aaron, and now I guess I will have to as well…sniff! :o( Well, on to Arizona! Talk to you all later!