Manuel Wins #500; Phillies Sweep Rockies

The Phillies manager, Charlie Manuel, collected his 500th victory for the team today with a 4-game sweep of the Rockies.  Only two other Phils managers since 1900 have more wins: Gene Mauch, 645 and Danny Ozark, 594. 

The game did not start well as pitcher Joe Blanton quickly gave up 2 runs in the first innings to the anxious Rockies who were hoping to salvage one game in this series.  But, despite a few walks, Blanton was sharp after the 1st and wound up going 6 innings.

0726 Blanton.jpg

The Phillies offense got them back into the game quickly, which was also a huge help.  In order, Ross Gload singled, Greg Dobbs doubled and Brian Schneider tripled.  All that was missing was a home run.  Instead of the homer, Blanton reached first on a missed catch by Jason Giambi at first. 

But then Jimmy Rollins batted and wound up fouling a ball off his foot, sending him to the ground in pain.  He limped through the rest of the game and afterwards had an X-Ray.  There was no break; he just has a bruise.  However, it is still unknown how long he may have to rest his foot before playing again.  Here is the sequence, with a nice moment of sportsmanship too:

0726 rollins.jpg

Things got quiet for a while after that until the Phillies scored 2 more runs in the 6th.  Placido Polanco and Raul Ibanez each hit RBI-singles to extend the lead.  But many players contributed to the offense today, especially Schneider, with the huge triple in the 2nd and he also walked and scored in the 6th.  Greg Dobbs went 2 for 4 and Polanco had 2 hits as well.  Here are a few shot from the game:

0726 other.jpg

There was some great defense and really amazing efforts on tough plays also:

0726 Defense.jpg

And then came the heart-stopping 9th inning.  You know when I mention heart attacks, Brad Lidge must somehow be involved, right?  Well he sure was.  It started with a double, but Lidge got two outs after that.  With just one out to go, ahead of the batter in the count, Lidge grooved a fastball right over the plate which Seth Smith hammered for a 2-run homer, cutting the lead to 5-4.  Two walks and a single later and the bases were loaded…again…just like the day before.  But Lidge finally got a ground ball, which he fielded himself for the final out.

0726 Lidge.jpg

While Lidge is totally on my last nerve with these cardiac episode inducing outings, what is the alternative?  Do we need a new closer?  Probably.  But has anyone else in the pen proved they can handle the job?  No.  This is the proverbial rock and a hard place.  Others have tried to close and failed, like Ryan Madson, for example.  So sadly, it looks like we are stuck with Lidge for now.

As for the recent trade rumors, Dan Haren went to the Angels so it looks like Roy Oswalt is the final option for the Phils to pick up a starter.  But as I talked about on yesterday’s Fightin’ Phillies podcast, Oswalt does not seem interested in coming here and with the no-trade clause, he has final say.  But do we really want a guy who is scared of the media and shies away from pressure?  I know I don’t.  It will be interesting to see if anything happens before the trade deadline.

In the meantime, feel free to check out the Photo Album from today’s game.  Thanks to my friend, Audrea, I was in one of the business suites today, which are very, very nice.  I put a few photos of that in the album as well.

The D-Backs come to town tomorrow.  Game time is 7:05pm.

 

Photos by Jenn Zambri Photography

*Read more about the Phillies at my other home page, Phightin’ Phils Phorum in the My Team Rivals network*

 

5 Comments

Congrats on #500 Chuck. That was good sportsmanship indeed! You don’t see that too often. As far a Lidge…just have those TUMS handy.
mike
http://thebrooklyntrolleyblogger.mlblogs.com/

Oswalt said he didn’t want to come to the Phillies? I thought he wanted to play for a contender? Who needs him! Pfffff.

http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

Congrats to the slimmed down Charlie M on his 500th.
It was a night of a few milestones last night, but seeing Manuelget his 500th must have been truly amazing.
Brad Lidge or is that Ledge?
I can just imagine the people comtemplating a lonmg walk off a short pier when he comes into a game nowadays.
Used to be almost a sure thing when Lisge strolled in from the outfield….Now it is just an adventure like “Pirates of the Carribean”…..

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

Jenn,
Broxton has been giving some of those heart-stopping 9th innings like Lidge lately. the last two saves in the 9th have been by Kuo and the rookie 22 year old Kenley Jansen who a day after his MLB debut had to come in the 9th to save the 1-0 game. the kid from Curacao got the save a year away from being in the minor league catching.
Emma
http://crzblue.mlblogs.com

Bet y’all wish you still had Lee… I mean, if you’re gonna go and pay Oswalt ya might as well have paid Lee. Jeesh. That has to hurt.
–Jeff
http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/
http://mtrredstatebluestate.com

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 470 other followers

%d bloggers like this: