Circus Act Puts Phillies In First Place

Game 3 with the Marlins today turned into a Big Top Circus act.  Both teams battled and drama ensued…


Phillies circus.jpgTo start with, it was not an awful game for Joe Blanton tonight.  But there was certainly some excitement.  The 3rd inning in particular had a little bit of everything, much like a circus; a couple hits, an error, a minor injury, a deflected ball and a few runs.  And Blanton was involved in all of it.  He gave up the hits, committed the error, got nailed in the leg with a hit ball and later deflected a sure double play ball, ruining the opportunity for Chase Utley who could then only get one out.  The only thing missing from this inning was a juggling clown.

But after Blanton survived the 3rd inning weirdness, he did fairly well.  It was not pretty, but it kept the Phillies in the game.  Blanton ended up with 6 1/3 innings pitched, 2 earned runs, 2 unearned runs, 2 walks and 5 strike outs.

The offense worked out some runs to help Blanton out as well.  The middle of the line-up was productive with Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins getting 2 hits each; 1 RBI for Howard and 2 for Rollins.  Raul Ibanez had a huge night with 3 hits and 3 RBI; Ibanez, Howard and Shane Victorino each hit solo home runs as well.

But all that offense was about to be erased by the Phillies bullpen.  Oh yes, the circus has come back to town…and not in a good way.  Antonio Bastardo allowed one of Blanton’s runners to score in the 7th.  But the 8th inning was nearly the killer as the bullpen got into serious hot water…


Hot water.jpgJose Contreras
looked like he had never pitched in the majors before; he started off with a home run and a double.  A Jayson Werth throwing error later allowed another run to score and Contreras wound up with 3 earned runs.  With 2 outs, JC Romero came in and balked, moving the Marlins runner to 3rd base.  He then walked Logan Morrison on 4 pitches.

However, it was not over yet…Ryan Madson came in and tossed a wild pitch, which probably should have been handled my Carlos Ruiz.  Instead, the runner on 3rd scored to tie the game.  So the Phillies bullpen took a 7-4 lead and blew it.  And 2 of those 3 runs scored with 2 outs in the inning.  Disgusting.

With a 7-7 tie in the bottom of the 8th, Shane Victorino and Placido Polanco put the “T” in team; Victorino singled and stole second.  Then Polly singled to score Victorino.  And that all happened with 2 outs; what a way to pick-up your teammates!

In the 9th, it would be in the hands of Madson to save this see-saw game.  He got 2 outs quickly and then walked a batter.  Then facing ex-Phillie Wes Helms with a runner on, Madson struck out his old teammate.  This 8-7 win, plus a Braves loss tonight = FIRST PLACE!  The Phillies also became the first team in the National League to reach 80 wins.  Again, it wasn’t pretty…but we’ll take it.  You may now exhale…whew!

 

Player photos by Jenn Zambri Photography

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

 

1 Comment

OMG, that top of the 8th nearly gave me a fit. What a comedy of errors! (though it wasn’t very funny) What on earth was Werth thinking!?! His throw “behind the runner” didn’t even actually go behind him, it was such a bad throw! Thank God they scored in the bottom half and held on – Phirst Place, baby!
Sue
Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts

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 476 other followers

%d bloggers like this: