No Charlie, No Offense, No Win
Today’s 4-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves was disappointing. With an offense that looked to be getting back on track, the Phillies bats took a little nap today. While they collected 9 hits and 4 walks, the Phils simply could not score those runners. Shane Victorino had the only RBI of the day. Leaving 9 men on base is just not going to get the job done.
With two errors committed in the first inning alone, things looked scary early on. But Joe Blanton did escape the inning, even after hitting a batter. He lasted 6 innings and allowed 3 runs total, which is a quality start. But the offense gave Blanton no support so he walked away with his second loss in his second start of the year.
Four relief pitchers were used and Danys Baez gave up the final Braves run in the 9th. The line-up was a little odd today; Chase Utley got the day off and Placido Polanco moved to second with Greg Dobbs at third. Manager Charlie Manuel was absent from the game as well for “personal” reasons. Pete Mackanin managed in his place. Maybe the players were just missing Charlie today and decided to give the bats a rest? Who knows…
But they will get another shot at the Braves tomorrow with the very fashionable pink bats, in honor of Mother’s Day. I will be there and hope to have some awesome photos when I return ;o) Game time is 1:35pm.
National Train Day
I attended National Train Day at Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station today and had the opportunity to interview Dallas Green, Gary “Sarge” Matthews and Virginia Ventura Marina of the former All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Those interviews will be posted shortly.
In the meantime, here is a quick look at the event. There was a historical display of baseball memorabilia as it related to the time when rail travel was prevalent for these events. Here is a bit of that:
Overall, the event was very well organized and jam packed with interested people looking for some free entertainment. And let’s face it, how many times each year can you amuse the kids for free? A job well done :O) Big thanks to the staff for inviting me!
Photos by Jenn Zambri Photography