Getting Hot In Miami


P7255676 RuizA.jpgA couple of Phillies were getting hot, hot, hot in Miami tonight.  At the plate, Carlos Ruiz ended the game only a triple shy of hitting for the cycle.  Not only was his bat hot, but he got big hits with 2 outs and in key situations, collecting 2 RBI’s and scoring 2 runs.  Ruiz had 4 hits on the night against the Marlins!

Ben Francisco was nipping at Ruiz’s heels all night too.  Both players hit solo homers in the 2nd inning, back-to-back.  Francisco ended with 3 hits, an RBI and 2 runs scored.  Wilson Valdez contributed 2 hits as well.  With Ryan Howard being sent to the DL today and Chase Utley already on the DL, the Phillies needed other players to step up and add some pop to the line-up.  Ruiz, Francisco and Valdez did just that.

No one appreciated the effort more than Roy Halladay, who has suffered from a lack of run support in games past.  In fact, during the 4th inning, it looked like the Phils would let him down again when they had runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out.  Cody Ransom got ahead in the count and then on the 2-0 pitch, he popped out, leaving the runners stranded.  After an intentional walk to Valdez, Halladay decided to get the job done himself.  A 2-out hit down the 3rd base line is just what the Doc ordered.  Halladay collected 2 RBI and now has 3 RBI this year.

Not only was Halladay hot at the plate, but he looked like he was yielding a flame thrower on the mound.  In 7 innings, the only run he allowed was a solo homer to Dan Uggla.  He gave up 5 hits, 1 walk and struck out 9 batters.  Halladay left the game drenched in sweat and with a 6-1 lead.

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Chad Durbin was called upon to finish the game with 2 innings to go.  He had a fairly quick 8th inning and ran into some trouble in the 9th.  But Durbin buckled down and got the job done without allowing a run.  For a bullpen that has been up and down all year, Durbin supplied a much needed boost of confidence.

So, who was not hot tonight?  Jayson Werth got the Golden Sombrero by striking out 4 times.  He has done that twice now this season; the last time was 5/30/10.  Ransom went hitless and popped out twice.  Raul Ibanez struck out twice, but did have one hit and a walk.  Placido Polanco went 1 for 5.  But they all picked a good day to have a bad day; with Halladay on the mound and their teammates picking them up, all is well that ends well.

Kyle Kendrick will pitch tomorrow against the Fish; game time is 7:10pm.

 

Photos by Jenn Zambri Photography

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6 Comments

The Golden Sombrero must get really hot in August. Sometimes I think Disabled List is spelled WTF! : o
Mets beat the Braves tonight. That’s gotta help.
mike
http://thebrooklyntrolleyblogger.mlblogs.com/

Wowzahs! That fire comin’ out of Doc’s arm looks pretty convincing. I wouldn’t ever want to face him. Hell, I’d be afraid to ask for an autograph even.
–Jeff
http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/
http://mtrredstatebluestate.com

Jenn: Ryan Howard to the DL? That’s so not fair. LOL that Halladay got a 2-run single. I love the cute little flame dude in the Halladay pic :)
-Virginia
http://southernbelle.mlblogs.com

Jenn,
some players like to pitch in that humidity rather than the dry heat. I just rather watch them in the shade with a cold drink by my side. Good for Halladay! I love pitchers that can hit. Kuroda got to be the worst pitcher hitter.
Emma
http://crzblue.mlblogs.com

Your drawings always make me laugh. Thanks for the email about the camera stuff! It really helped to have the opinion of someone who actually knows a little about it that isn’t trying to sell me something! Hopefully next season I’ll be able to put up some of my own pictures, too. That’s what makes your blog stand out about others. Your personal pictures put yours in another category.

Michael

http://phanaticaddict.mlblogs.com/

Do you thank your lucky stars every night that the Phillies signed Halladay? I would. Sigh.

http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

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