Happy Bunnies & Big Bats

The Phillies won their first series of the year today by beating the Rockies 7-5.  The long ball, which has been oddly scarce in this first week of play, made its return to the Phils on a very Happy Easter Day.  P2232768 Park.jpgA solid bullpen performance rounded out the win with 5 relievers used and zero runs given up from those relievers, including closer Brad Lidge.

It was not such a great Easter Day for Chan Ho Park; but at least he has chocolate bunnies to console himself.  Park tried to melt the Phillies hopes early by quickly giving up 4 runs in the 1st inning and another in the 2nd.  Park lasted only 3 1/3 innings and, despite his great Spring Training performance, the April showers caught up with him today as he allowed the Rockies to knock him around for 7 hits, 3 walks and those 5 runs.    

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He looked a bit lost out on that mound and was not able to hit any of his spots.  Park gets the Sad Bunny Award for the day.

Then it looked like our offense was intent on stinking up the cold, rainy Coors Field, as they slumbered through much of the game.  But Chase Utley came to the rescue in the 8th inning with a 2 run home run to tie the game, making us all very Happy Bunnies! 

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Pedro Feliz decided to join the Happy Bunny parade by leading off the 9th inning with a double down the edge of the 3rd base line.  Chris Coste laid down a perfect bunt to advance Feliz to 3rd base and then manager Charlie Manuel sent Matt Stairs to the plate.  Stairs absolutely destroyed the offering from the Rockies pitcher and sent the ball over the right field wall, giving him a 2-run pinch hit home run. 

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Matt Stairs hits home runs; it is just what he does.

The Phillies have a potentially huge challenge ahead of them tomorrow as they travel to our Nations capitol to take on the Nats in D.C.  First of all, it is the Nats Home Opener; also, they have President Obama coming to toss the first pitch; and the Nats have yet to win a game this season.  Roll all that up and you have one desperate team on fire, aching to get a win.  I will be there to root them on and as always, I will be back with photos!  Game time is 3:05pm.

UPDATE:  Just read a press release stating that Obama will NOT throw the 1st pitch today after the Nats originally announced he would.  I guess he heard I was going to be there and though, “Gee, how fun would it be to TOTALLY dissapoint these people?”  Ugh!  Ok, so maybe he has better things to do….like the White House Egg Roll, which will take place today.  Hmmmm…

 

Player Photos by Jenn; Happy Bunny by Jim Benton

 

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8 Comments

Were you being serious about the Phillies having a “potentially huge challenge ahead of them tomorrow” when they play the Nationals? Have you seen any highlights — or rather, lowlights — from any Nats games so far this season? The only real challenge the Phillies will have is deciding what to do during their off day on Tuesday. (My cynicism is already in mid-season form!) Oh, and President Obama won’t be throwing out the first pitch after all. I read one report that said he’ll be too busy preparing for his trip to Mexico; another report didn’t give a reason why he turned down the invitation from the Nats. (Maybe he saw their record…..)
Shelley
http://diamonddiva.mlblogs.com/

Happy Easter! I hope you had a great day!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Fun site! I’m new to mlblogs. Yanks fan since 76. Phils fan since 07 when my daughter moved to Philly. But the moment I fell in love with the Phils came in Aug. 08. I went to a game with my daughter and saw nine kids take the field, joined by players as they were announced. It was so touching to see them stand there next to their heroes as they said the pledge. Then the players leaned over, spoke with their little fans as they signed a ball for them. I almost cried! Blown away. Fan for life.

Fun site! I’m new to mlblogs. Yanks fan since 76. Phils fan since 07 when my daughter moved to Philly. But the moment I fell in love with the Phils came in Aug. 08. I went to a game with my daughter and saw nine kids take the field, joined by players as they were announced. It was so touching to see them stand there next to their heroes as they said the pledge. Then the players leaned over, spoke with their little fans as they signed a ball for them. I almost cried! Blown away. Fan for life.

Fun site! I’m new to mlblogs. Yanks fan since 76. Phils fan since 07 when my daughter moved to Philly. But the moment I fell in love with the Phils came in Aug. 08. I went to a game with my daughter and saw nine kids take the field, joined by players as they were announced. It was so touching to see them stand there next to their heroes as they said the pledge. Then the players leaned over, spoke with their little fans as they signed a ball for them. I almost cried! Blown away. Fan for life.

Shelly – Sadly, the Phils always have a rough time in DC, despite the Nats totally sucking – histroically, they just seem to play us harder. Hoping that will change this year! Plus, a winless team has nothing to lose which can make things rough for whoever they play.
Julia – Thanks! You too!
Rose – Welcome! Nice to have you here :O) And the Phils do that thing with the kids before every Sunday home game…it gets me everytime…SO cute!

Lucky! I live in Virginia and would be at this game for sure if I was in town, but all 3 trips the Phillies make to Nationals Park are while I’m at school. I heard the Nats president was on the radio in Philly telling fans they are more than welcome to make the trip down for opening day! Nats fans weren’t oo happy about that.

Bummer about Obama, but the Phillies White House visit should be fun.
-Mark
http://philliesperspective.mlblogs.com

So sorry to hear about Harry Kalas’ death. My prayers go out to his family, the Phillies organization, and fans (and bloggers!). May he rest in peace. He died a WS champion. Godspeed. Tough week for baseball.

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