Friday Night Smackdown: Philadelphia 2, Boston 0
Both the Red Sox and the Celtics were in town Friday night, which is something that does not happen very often. Also a rare occurrence, both home teams came out on top…the Phillies beat the Sox, 6-4 and the 76ers took down the Celtics, 92-83 in playoff action. The stars aligned in Philly for what was a special night.
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel had a great view of the game from the Hall of Fame club section as he served his one day suspension for a heated argument with umpire Bob Davidson on Tuesday. Davidson was also suspended one game, even though he is the one who instigated the entire incident. I felt like he should have gotten more…but hey, MLB suspending an umpire publically? That is also something you do not see every day so we’ll take it.
An even bigger story last night was closer Jonathan Papelbon, who was looking forward to facing his old team. He had many reason to be fired up, including the fact that after last season, the Red Sox did not even bother to offer him a contract. But whether or not Papelbon was going to get a shot at revenge would depend on the rest of the team…
Cole Hamels did his part, winning 6 straight starts in games in which he earned a decision for the first time in his career. He allowed 3 runs over 7 innings last night while striking out 9 batters.
Meanwhile, the Carlos Ruiz ridiculous hit parade continued with 2 more hits, 2 more RBI, another stolen base and a run scored in the game. Hunter Pence is reaping the rewards of Chooch’s success; batting in front of Ruiz, Pence is getting better pitches to hit. Pence homered in the game and had 2 hits total. Freddy Galvis and John Mayberry Jr. each also had a hit and an RBI.
Chad Qualls came out of the pen for the 8th and right away cut the Phillies lead to 5-4 as he gave up a homer. Luckily, the Galvis home run in the bottom of the inning gave Papelbon some breathing room in the 9th.
Then, as if it was scripted, Papelbon got his wish; a 2-run lead and a save situation in the 9th against his former team. And just like a storybook ending, Papelbon got the save. But as he noted after the game, he will got gloat until the Phillies win the 3-game series.
Game 2 starts a little late tonight at 7:15pm as Pat Burrell will retire before the game on a 1-day contract with the Phillies. If you had not heard, a group of comedians (www.birdtext.com) recently made a video spoof which pokes fun at Burrell’s reputation with the ladies. According to the model who stars in the video, Burrell saw the video and liked it so much, he invited them all to tonight’s game and even requested the tee-shirts they are selling to promote the video. You can hear her interview on the Preston and Steve show here or at www.birdtext.com .
You have to see this….it is hysterical:
So remember, don’t let your mom, wife, sister, girlfriend or whoever get “Burrelled” tonight ;o)
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