Phinally – A Series Win

The Phillies wrapped up the series with the Blue Jays today and also ended interleague play for the year…finally!  As usual, interleague play was not kind to the Phillies and most are happy it is over.

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However, there were a few highlights, including JA Happ’s first career complete game shut-out yesterday.  Happ allowed only 5 hits in the game and gave the bullpen a much needed rest.  The Phillies offense found their bats after a spanking from manager Charlie Manuel in a closed door meeting, and the team racked up ten runs in the game for Happ.  The very Happ-Y pitcher is now 5-0 on the season with a 3.00 ERA.

Today, the Phillies sent Jamie Moyer to the mound and he allowed 4 runs in 5 innings, including 3 home runs.  After the 5th, Manuel decided to take advantage of his rested pen and sent Chan Ho Park in who pitched 2 scoreless, hitless innings.  It is nice to see Park finally settling into his role and feeling good after getting hit with a batted ball two days ago.       

With the Phillies up 5-4 in the 8th, Ryan Madson was set up to have an easy inning; he got the first out, Scott Rolen hit a single, but then a routine double play ball to Eric Bruntlett turned into a disaster.  Bruntlett, filling in for Jimmy Rollins the last 3 days, dropped the ball leaving 2 runners on with only 1 out.  Poor Madson was sweating by the time he got to the 3rd out, but he got there and Pedro Feliz snagged a pop-up to end the threat.

Brad Lidge came in to get the save and, as usual, it was an adventure.  A bunt single, then a walk and hearts were racing again.  But Lidge got a pop-out, another out on a run down and finally capped it off with Bruntlett snagging a grounder and tossing to Ryan Howard for the final out.  Whew!  Finally…a series win.  Time to exhale…

Iron Pigs (AAA)

Pigs (28).jpgYesterday, I attended an Iron Pigs game and saw Drew Carpenter pitch.  Carpenter has been a highly touted player in the minors and he did pitch a shut-out through 8 innings.  However, his fastball tops out at around 80mph (or at least it did last night).  Solid pitcher, but I am not sure the Phillies need another Jamie Moyer in the rotation.  Carlos Carassco and Kyle Drabek (AA) may still be possibilities to fill the hole left by Brett Myers.  Going outside the organization to get an experienced arm would be much better, but there are still very few pitchers available.  We shall see…

Mike Cervenak (photo) is doing very well after suffering a broken wrist last month; he was 2 for 5 in the game and is batting .313.  Mike Spidale (OF) led the pack with 3 hits and is batting .353; and Lou Marson (C) has been doing better of late – he had 2 hits and 2 RBI last night. 

Here is a PHOTO ALBUM from the Iron Pigs game, including shots from the fireworks show afterwards and even a 3-D fireworks shot!  I held the camera up to the 3-D glasses and it actually worked…check it out!

Up Next

The Phillies have the day off tomorrow to travel to Atlanta for a 3 game series before returning home on July 3rd to face the Mets.  Joe Blanton will pitch on Tuesday; game time is 7:00pm.

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Photos by Jenn

 

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10 Comments

Happ was very impressive. He is going to be good for the Phils for a while.
-Dillon
http://dillonm.mlblogs.com

You must be so relieved to get those wins. I wonder what Charlie told the players in that meeting? It sure worked. We’ll try to beat the Mets for you tonight.

http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

My thanks to the Phillies for beating the Jays…again! I really hope we see Chase Utley in the ASG! Well, at least I do. I’m going to go and keep voting some more!!!
Canuck
http://watercooler.mlblogs.com

I had no idea Carpenter pitched that slow, and I heard that Carrasco will most likely be the one called up. I’d rather Drabek, but we’ll see what happens I guess. And that 3-D firework pic is sweet.

On a side note I actually saw an Ironpigs game last year when Victorino made his rehab appearance and I was treated to JD Durbin letting up TEN RUNS IN THE FIRST INNING. haha it was horrible.
http://payoffpitch.mlblogs.com/

and by the way i could not agree with you more about the Romero situation, his family has been through enough and they don’t need this.
http://payoffpitch.mlblogs.com/

Great win today Jenn! Stop on over to my blog – the newest pictures of Scott in his latest Red Sox attire are up! And I am SO glad interleague play is over!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Pretty hard not to cheer for a team named the “Iron Pigs”. Wow. Now THAT’S what I call INTIMIDATING the other team.
–Jeff
http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/

A bunch of Phillies haters are taking over my blog!! Wheres the help Phillies fans? haha all the Mets fans have taken to rating all my stuff one star, its about to be war.
By the way I just posted some videos I took from inside the stadium at the Phillies parade http://payoffpitch.mlblogs.com

Funny how last year when Lidge came in I was convinced we would win, this year it’s always heart pounding time, even so I still think he is the man for the job… love your blog Jenn….
http://devilabrit.mlblogs.com
outsider looking in

Speaking of the minor leagues, did you see that article in the Daily News about Yohan Flande? He was just promoted to AA Reading and looks like he could be the real deal. I just posted something about it with a link to the article if you want to check it out.
http://payoffpitch.mlblogs.com/
And by the way, thanks so much again for all the help with my blog, all of a sudden I got a ton of new followers and readers and trust me you were a huge help in that. Thanks!

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