Oh Happ-Y Hawaiian!
Shane “The Flyin’ Hawaiian” Victorino nailed the game winning single for an RBI, scoring Pedro Feliz in the bottom of the 9th tonight, propelling the Phillies to a 3-2 win over the NY Mets. It was the 2008 debut for pitcher JA Happ who can now go home Happ-Y knowing he kept his team in the game and they were able to hang on to win it in the final inning.
JA Happ went 4 2/3 innings, giving up 2 runs on 3 hits and 4 walks. He showed a really nice array of pitches, which he moved in and out of the zone effectively.
For the most part, he did a great job and was really only expected to go about 5 innings. The only real mistakes he made involved not attacking hitters in critical situations that wound up costing him walks. In the fifth inning, with 2 men on base and no outs, he issued a walk to the Mets’ worst hitter, aside from the pitcher, Chris Aguila, who was hitting in the 8 hole. He really needed the extra out here, even with the pitcher on deck, because Jose Reyes, as we witnessed, is no easy double play. And it did play out just that way…he got the pitcher out on strikes, Reyes hit the ground ball, but was too fast for Jimmy Rollins to be able to turn the double play, thus scoring a run. So, the walk comes back to bite him. After that, another walk to Endy Chavez re-loads the bases and then brings up David Wright. On a very controversial call with 2 strikes, everyone thought Wright was struck out, but the home plate ump called the pitch a ball and the at bat continued. After some battling, Happ wound up walking Wright to score another run for the Mets. The good news is, that ended the scoring as my hero, Chad Durbin, came in and saved the day with a strikeout of Carlos Beltran. Chad went 2.1 scoreless innings! He is awesome!
And you already know how the game ended…with a huge WOW from Shane Victorino, thanks to a double before that from Pedro Feliz. Chase Utley continued his hitting streak, going 1 for 4; Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth both had 2 hit nights and Jayson also had several amazing catches in right field! Pat Burrell, looking in All-Star form, also drove in a Phillies run with 2 outs in the 6th.
Now having faced the ace of the Mets staff in Johan Santana, it would appear that the most difficult game of the series is behind the Phillies. Let’s hope that is so! 3 games to go…how about some more Fireworks tomorrow? Well, here are some for you tonight…these are from Bright House Field in Clearwater, FL, Spring Training home of the Phillies. Happy 4th of July everyone! Go Phillies!