Phillies Sweep The Mets & Send 3 To All-Star Game

After a horrific month of June, the Mets proved to be the cure for what has been ailing the Phillies.  Even the great Johan Santana could not hold them down today.  With little offense on either side, a pitching duel erupted and Joe Blanton emerged the victor.  In perhaps his best outing of the year, Blanton nailed down 7 1/3 scoreless innings of 4-hit ball.  Santana was not too shabby either; he allowed only 3 hits.  But 2 of those hits won the ballgame for the Phillies.  Jimmy Rollins led the game off with a home run and later, in the 6th inning, Chase Utley went deep to give the team a 2-0 lead, which was the final score.  There were some spectacular defensive plays as well, which added to the drama.  Overall, it was a very entertaining game for both teams.

Also noteworthy, Carlos Ruiz did start the game after a suspicious absence the last few games.  I had speculated that he may have been possible trade bait, but he is still with us :O)  Maybe Charlie Manuel was just giving him an extra long rest?  That remains to be seen…

Here are a few photos from the game:070509a.jpg

Cuteness Abounds!

Before the game, the Phillies hosted their annual Father-Child wiffle ball game which can only be described as adorable!  Little ones scattered the field, running amuck while their parents chased them around the bases.  We have some awfully good-looking families in the Phillies organization.  Take a deep breath; the cute is about to get out of control; (top to bottom, left to right) Ibanez Family; Greg Dobbs & daughter; Brad Lidge & baby; The Romero Family; Chad Durbin & son; Chan Ho Park’s baby:

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All-Star Roster

Also announced today, the Phillies will send at least 3 players to the All-Star game in St. Louis; Chase Utley and Raul Ibanez were voted in as starters and Ryan Howard, as chosen by Manuel, will be a reserve, along with 3 other very deserving 1st basemen (Pujols, Fielder, A. Gonzalez)!  Nice to see Charlie did not worry about positions as much as who deserved to be there.  That is not usually the case with most managers who are chosen to pick players.

The Phillies centerfielder, Shane Victorino, also has a chance to go to St. Louis.  He is one of 5 candidates to fill the final roster spot which will be voted on by the fans.  Victorino is batting .300 with 5 homers, 35 RBI and 13 stolen bases so far this year.  His defense has been outstanding as well.  Please VOTE FOR SHANE!  He deserves to be there!

Tomorrow, the Phillies begin a 4-game series with the Reds and Cole Hamels will attempt to put the spring back in his step.  Game time is 7:05pm.

Here is the full Photo Album from today’s game and also the Father-Child game which includes the photos above and many more!  Enjoy!

Photos by Jenn

 

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7 Comments

Can’t imagine the Phillies going with a 36 & 37-year old catcher the remainder of the season. Also can’t imagine any team that would want a no-hit, mediocre defensive catcher — he would have to be a throw-in and the Phillies would have to be targetting a decent catcher. Also as bad as Ruiz is, he and Coste know the pitching staff – mid-season is not the time for a contender to mess with their pitching even as bad as it has been.

Looks like you had a fun day at CBP, now you can say “I WAS THERE FOR THE METS SWEEP FINALE” good job with the pics too. As for the pitcher status, I think Charlie uses Bako to load up on left handed hitters when he needs, else Ruiz seems to be the normal starter, that or he had a clubhouse vacation, which may become a trend for Philly players when not performing.
Outsider Looking In
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The pictures were way too cute!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Sweeping the Mets must’ve been quite the highlight of your July 4th weekend! That’s huge! Blanton looked great; beating Johan is never an easy task. Kudos.
–Jeff
http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/

It’s always nice to see the Phillies crush the Mets. I work with a guy that is a huge Mets fan and I can’t wait to get to work today to give him a bunch of crap about it!

John
Baseballs 4 MADD – MLBallhawk
http://ballhawk.mlblogs.com

Nice job sweeping the Mets. And the family pictures are great. Looks like everyone had a good holiday, including you, Jenn!

http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

Congrats on your All Stars and on your great performance vs. the Mets. That seemed like a very fun day for everyone!
Check out my blog anytime and keep up the great writing!

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