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Before Sunday’s Phillies – Athletics match-up, the Phillies honored former major leaguer Bobby Shantz. The 1952 American League MVP played for the Philadelphia A’s from 1949-1954 and for the Phillies in 1964. He was joined on the field by Connie Mack’s 97-year-old daughter Ruth Mack Clark:
Once the game began, Roy Halladay was on point as usual. He went the distance yet again, saving a depleted Phillies bullpen. After nine innings, eight hits, one run and no walks, Halladay finally earned his 10th win of the year.
The offense was not spectacular again, but they got the job done. Jimmy Rollins led the way, going 4-for-4 and scoring twice. Shane Victorino and Ben Francisco each sent J-Roll home once. The third run scored with no outs in the first while Ryan Howard grounded into a double play. But he knocked in a run, so he is forgiven.
There were some odd plays on defense as well. The A’s struggled to hit Halladay and as a result, they managed a bunch of weak fly balls that landed in the middle of nowhere. Wilson Valdez had a real adventure at second base playing in place of Chase Utley for the day. A few balls hit in no-man’s land seemed catchable, but ultimately they eluded Valdez.
The Phillies collected a 3-1 win over the A’s and won the series by two games to one. They have a day off today before starting a 3-game series with the Red Sox on Tuesday.
Here is the full Photo Album from the game. Enjoy!
Photos by Jenn Zambri Photography
Cole Hamels must be wondering what he ever did to offend his teammates. Because they just cannot seem to score any runs for him. Then again, this Phillies offense has been fizzling on a regular basis without regard to the starting pitching. Tonight’s game against the A’s was no different.
So, where has the offense gone? Are the bats hiding or have they been kidnapped? Maybe Charlie Manuel should make flyers and post them around town to see if anyone can find them.
The Phillies scraped out only one run in this game, thanks to a Carlos Ruiz RBI-single in the second inning. As a team, they had only four hits.
Poor Hamels pitched another gem, allowing just two runs in eight innings. He more than earned a win but again, he did not get one.
And then Michael Stutes finally had a bad day. In the ninth inning, he gave up two runs on two hits and a walk. The 2-1 deficit was suddenly increased to 4-1.
Another issue which we may hear more about later was rookie Domonic Brown lolly-gagging his way to first base on a ground ball that he assumed was an out. The lack of hustle cost him as the A’s second baseman bobbled the ball. Had Brown been running full-speed, he may have beat the play.
Manuel will likely address this with Brown later on, as he should. This is not a good habit for a rookie to get into.
So the Phillies lost the game by a score of 4-1. The good news is that Roy Halladay pitches tomorrow. However, this is only good news if the Phillies can find their bats.
I will be there and return with photos. Game time is 1:35pm.
Photo by Jenn Zambri Photography
There were a number of moves made right before tonight’s Phillies – Athletics match-up. Catcher Brian Schneider came off the DL, while Roy Oswalt went on the DL. With no need for a 3rd catcher, Dane Sardinha was sent back down and pitcher Scott Mathieson was recalled and added to the bullpen. And J.C. Romero cleared waivers, declined a minor league offer and was then given his outright release.
And while that was a whole lot of movement in one day, no one expected these roster moves to be the big action of the night. Because once the game started, it was nap time.
I like a pitcher’s duel as much as the next fan, but this game, although it remained hitless for a long, long time, was not your typical duel. The pitching was not super sharp from either team and both sides issued a bunch of walks.
Despite the slight sloppiness, neither team earned a hit until two outs into the sixth inning. Vance Worley’s no-hitter was broken up by a Hideki Matsui double.
In the bottom of the sixth, Placido Polanco got the first hit of the night for the Phillies with a single against Guillermo Moscoso. Pronouncing Moscoso’s name was more entertaining than his pitching as the game dragged on with little action.
By the eighth inning, each team had only two hits. And both teams had issued five walks each by the time the ninth inning began. Several fans left in the stands appeared to be struggling to keep themselves upright.
As the yawns continued and the Phillies offense snoozed, even my cat fell asleep. But a 0-0 ballgame is no time for a cat nap!
So in the 9th inning, Shane Victorino walked and Domonic Brown got his second single of the night. A sac fly moved them into scoring position. So with two outs, Ben Francisco stepped to the plate, determined to wake up all the sleepy fans in the stands. He smacked an RBI-single to left for the walk-off win.
The Phillies just barely pulled off a 1-0 win to open this home stand. And now, because it took them nine innings to wake me up, I will not be able to sleep for hours. But when I finally do, at least I will have pleasant dreams ;o)
Cole Hamelspitches tomorrow! And with any luck, the offense will join him in the effort; game time is 7:05pm.
Photos by Jenn Zambri Photography