Ibanez Powers Phillies to 3-Game Sweep of Pirates
The Phillies completed a sweep of the Pirates this afternoon in 10 innings by a score of 6-5. The newest member of the Phillies, Hunter Pence, had a hand in the 10th inning rally after a rough start where he misread a ball in the outfield. Here is a quick look at the day for Pence:
The ball he missed came in the first inning, but pitcher Vance Worley bounced back quickly. It was not until the fifth and sixth innings where Worley ran into trouble.
While it was not his best outing, Worley still went six innings, allowing four runs on seven hits. He made one bad pitch in the sixth to Lyle Overbay who slammed a 2-run homer.
But the Phillies kept plugging away at the Pirates with a few timely hits and nice defense:
Jimmy Rollins went 2-for-4 with two RBI to continue his recent hot streak. But Raul Ibanez was the one player who came up big all game long. After a solo homer in the first inning, Ibanez hit a massive 2-run homer in the eighth when the Phillies were still trailing. That hit tied the game and kept hope alive for the Phillies.
As a quick side note, it appears that I may be Raul’s good luck charm. If you look at the chart below of this entire home stand, you will see that Ibanez hit .500 with three homers and nine RBI in games that I attended. When I was not there, he hit only .174, no homers, 2 RBI:
Ok, so maybe it is just a weird coincidence. On the other hand, Raul may want to hurry up and buy me a plane ticket to Denver ;o)
Back to the game: After Ibanez tied things up, the Phillies had to rely on the bullpen to keep it that way. Brad Lidge had already allowed the fifth run in the seventh, but then four other guys combined to hold down the Pirates. The photo below shows Juan Perez, David Herndon and Lidge:
Ryan Madson and Antonio Bastardo also pitched one scoreless inning each. Then in the 10th inning, Pence doubled to put the Phillies in position for the win. All they needed was one more big hit from Ibanez who delivered with the game winning double to score Pence.
The walk-off win capped a three hit, four RBI game for Ibanez who ended the month of July on a hot streak, batting .284 with 25 RBI.
A very tough road trip is up next for the Phillies, starting in Denver against the Rockies. They will also face the Giants in a 4-game series and the Dodgers for three games.
It all begins Monday night at 8:40pm; Cole Hamels will pitch.
And here is the full Photo Album from Sunday’s game. Enjoy!
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Photos by Jenn Zambri Photography