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Halladay Wins Wild One Against Former Team

Just being in the Rogers Centre in Toronto today, I could sense that it was going to be a big game.  Fans on both sides were anxious to see Roy Halladay pitch.  The Blue Jays fans wanted to welcome Roy back to Toronto and Phillies fans were salivating for another win.

With all the hype going into the game, no one could have anticipated the fireworks that were about to explode inside the dome.

Halladay got a standing ovation as he took the mound.  It was a unifying moment between Jays fans and the many Phillies fans who traveled to another country to see their team play.  But the moment lasted exactly that long; for only a moment.


The Phillies offense jumped on the Jays early, scoring a run, although they should have scored much more.  But once Halladay began pitching, the game took on a new life.  It turned into a rollercoaster battle with a number of lead changes.

The Jays rallied in the fifth after a Chase Utley throwing error turned an out into a triple.  The Jays scored twice, but Utley made up for it my smashing a 2-run homer in the seventh to give the lead back to the Phils.


The defense was mostly solid, despite the one error and Jimmy Rollins even turned a double play to end the game.


But before that, all sorts of drama ensued in the ninth inning.  First, a rabid fan ran onto the field and had to be hunted down by security.  Why he had no shoes on is a mystery, but it was very entertaining:


And just when you thought the inning could not get any better, pitcher John Rauch issued a walk to Ryan Howard which he clearly did not think was a walk.  He did not say anything though until the next batter, Shane Victorino, singled to score Utley:


Directly after the run scored, the 6’10” Rauch got in the umpires face and screamed at him.  As Rauch was ejected, he lost his mind and went all Incredible Hulk on the ump, even having his jersey torn off in the process.  Being that Rauch is big enough to be the Hulk, umpire Alfonso Marquez quickly realized that he did not like Rauch when he was angry ;o)

The Jays manager got into it next after helping to restrain Rauch and he too was ejected.


Fans quickly got on the umpire, tossing things onto the field and Marquez had to call security for extra assistance.  But the game remained a 5-3 Phillies lead, despite all the hollering.

Halladay finally took the mound for the bottom of the ninth and closed out the game, going the distance once again.  Over nine innings, he allowed just eight hits, three runs and struck out eight batters.

Here is the full Photo Album from the game.  I will have photos after tomorrow’s game as well when Cliff Lee takes the mound and tries for a 3-game sweep of the Jays.


Photos by Jenn Zambri Photography

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Phillies Ruin Canada Day as Offense Finally Saves The Day

Dear Toronto,

We are sorry for ruining your holiday.  Perhaps next year, you can play the Mets on Canada Day instead.  Sincerely,

The Phillies

So yes, the Phillies pulled off an improbable 7-6 comeback win today against the Blue Jays, amidst holiday festivities.  Canadians take this day very seriously; everything was closed and parties were all over the place.  Even Wal-Mart was closed.  Know you know how important this day was for Canada.  No Wal-Mart…I shudder at the thought.

The festivities also included a pre-game celebration:


And then former Blue-Jay Roy Halladay was asked to present the line-up card for the Phillies and go over the ground rules, like the coach normally does.  The Toronto fans gave him a loud standing ovation.


One fan told me the reason they love Halladay so much was not because he is an awesome pitcher, but because he always gave 110% even when the team sucked for all those years.  He never slacked off, even though they were not winning.

Also part of the celebration, all players and even the mascots wore jerseys that said “Canada” on the back instead of their names:


The match-up of Kyle Kendrick and Ricky Romero looked ominous as Kendrick plunked the first batter he faced.  Yunel Escobar wound up having to leave the game with a badly bruised hand and Kendrick proceeded to give up a bunch of runs.


But while Kendrick faltered, the Phillies offense battled back and by the seventh inning they had a 5-4 lead after a Shane Victorino triple and then a sac fly from Ben Francisco scored two runs.


The defense on both sides was a bit sloppy, but the Phillies were able to recover.


The Jays then landed what looked like a knock-out blow in the bottom of the seventh.  With a 5-4 lead and 2 outs, Kendrick made a huge mistake to slugger Jose Bautista who deposited the ball over the fence in left.

With the air out of the balloon and now losing by 6-5, it looked like Kendrick had blown the game.  But the Phillies mustered a comeback in the ninth.  Placido Polanco walked, Chase Utley doubled and then Ryan Howard served up a 2 RBI-single to give the Phils a 7-6 lead.

Antonio Bastardo sent the shell-shocked Jays down in order in the bottom of the ninth for the save.  And now, they Jays have to contend with Halladay and Cliff Lee in the next two games.  I like the chances for the Phillies.

Here is the full Photo Album from the game.  More photos to come after tomorrow’s game as well!


Photos by Jenn Zambri Photography

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No Sweep as Hamels Exited Early With a Bruised Hand

The Phillies had a chance to sweep the Red Sox today in this 3-game series, but once Cole Hamels was pulled early, that opportunity passed by.  In the fourth inning, a line-drive from Adrian Gonzalez knocked the glove off Hamels’ non-pitching hand.  He exited the game to receive treatment.

The injury is being called a bruise but it is unclear if Hamels will make his next start.  It will depend on whether or not he can grip his glove and bat.

So the game was handed over to a very young, inexperienced bullpen.  David Herndon allowed three runs over two innings.  Then Drew Carpenter gave up two more.

But the bullpen’s performance really made little difference as the Phillies mustered only four hits in the game and went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.  The only scoring was a 2-run bomb from Ryan Howard in the ninth inning.

The lack of offense is gruesome as usual.  And with pitchers dropping like flies, the Phillies may have to lean on their bats in the near future.  So, someone better figure out where they hid those bats…fast.

This weekend, the Phillies face the Blue Jays for three games and I am here in Toronto to bring you all the torrid details.  Kyle Kendrick pitches tomorrow but Saturday is a big one.  It will be the first time Roy Halladay pitches against his old team in Toronto.

The people of Toronto are so excited to see Roy Halladay again, the local TV station is even running a promo about it detailing Halladay’s time in Toronto and how much he meant to the city.  The ad encourages fans to come to the game and cheer for Halladay to welcome him back.  It is a real class move by Toronto.  However, I assume the cheering will stop once Halladay starts mowing down Jays.

Tomorrow is also Canada Day here, which celebrates the country’s independence from the United Kingdom.  I find it odd, however, that their currency still bears the Queen’s image on their $20 bill.  I would tell you who is on the $100 dollar bill, but sadly, I don’t have any of those ;o)

But I digress…anyway, check back for updates on the games and, of course, photos!  Speaking of which, here is one I took of Niagara Falls before I headed over to Toronto:


Go Phillies!


Photo by Jenn Zambri Photography

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The Top 10 NL East Moves So Far and More Potential Deals

The five teams in the NL East, the Phillies, Braves,  Marlins, Mets and Nationals, have all had busy off-seasons trying to improve their clubs.  Some have been more successful than others.  And some, like the Phillies and Mets, are moving very slowly through the free agent and trade possibilities.

Here is a countdown of the top 10 moves so far within the division and a breakdown of potential future moves for each team.

#10 – Three Relief Pitchers to the Marlins

In mid-November, the Red Sox swapped lefty relievers with the Marlins.  Dustin Richardson went to the Marlins and Andrew Miller landed with the Red Sox.  Miller, previously a highly-touted prospect, was a disappointment in Florida.  He struggled with control and lacked consistency. 

The addition of Richardson is a good move for the Marlins.  At only 26-years of age, Richardson posted a 4.15 in 26 relief appearances in the bigs, although most of his time has been spent in the minors.  This lefty has great potential.  The Marlins hope they can mould him into a solid reliever.

The very next day, the Marlins also acquired two right-handers, Ryan Webb and Edward Mujica.  The Marlins sent Cameron Maybin to the Padres in exchange.  Webb has averaged a 3.19 ERA in two major league seasons while Mujica is going into his 6th season having posted a 3.62 ERA last year.

These three pitchers combined should make a major impact on the Marlins 2011 bullpen.

#9 – Dennys Reyes to the Phillies

The Phillies have agreed to terms with veteran left-hander, Dennys Reyes.  The 33-year-old reliever posted a 3.55 ERA in 59 relief appearances last season for the St. Louis Cardinals.  The Phillies chose not to re-sign JC Romero after Romero struggled with control and left elbow surgery last offseason seemed to alter his mechanics.  Reyes will be counted on to take over for Romero. 

The only other lefty who has had much success with the Phillies in the few past years is Antonio Bastardo.  The Phillies will likely go into the 2011 season with these two left-handed relievers in the bullpen.

#8 – Javier Vazquez to the Marlins

Right-handed starter Javier Vazquez struggled last year with the Yankees, ending the season with a 10-10 record and a 5.32 ERA.  However, Vazquez pitched for the Braves in 2009 and ended with a 2.87 ERA.  A return to the NL East may be exactly what Vazquez needs to get back on track.

The Marlins also like the idea that Vazquez can eat innings for them, which is something they have been lacking.  This 13-year veteran is sure to bring some stability to the Marlins rotation.

#7 – Eric Hinske re-signs with the Braves

The Braves liked Eric Hinske in left field last year, where he made only 1 error in 360 innings.  At the plate, Hinske hit .256 with 11 homers and a .793 OPS.  In 2011, Hinske is likely to serve as a left-handed pinch-hitter who may fill in for Martin Prado from time to time.

#6 – John Buck to the Marlins

Catcher John Buck will enter his 8th major league season with a 3-contract from the Florida Marlins.  Buck had a breakout year in 2010 with the Blue Jays and made the All-Star team for the first time in his career. 

Buck set career highs in batting average (.281), on-base percentage (.314), homers (20) and RBIs (66) with the Jays and also threw out 28% of runners attempting to steal.  The Marlins may have hit a home run with this signing.

107A.jpg#5 – Jose Contreras re-signs with the Phillies

Jose Contreras spent most of his career as a starter until last year with the Phillies where he made a nice transition into a full-time reliever.  Contreras  was one of the most dependable relievers in the Phillies bullpen and as such, the Phillies rewarded him with a new 2-year deal, including an option for a third year.

Contreras went 6-4 with four saves and a 3.34 ERA in 67 games in 2010.  He is able to pitch multiple innings when necessary and can also fill in as a closer.  This gives the Phillies some much needed stability in the bullpen.

#4 – Scott Linebrink to the Braves

There was one more pitching swap this offseason as the Braves sent Kyle Cofield to the White Sox in exchange for another righty, Scott Linebrink.  At 23 years of age, Cofield was moved in favor of experience.  Linebrink is a 12-year veteran who has had a fairly consistent career.  He went 3-2 with a 4.40 ERA as a reliever for the White Sox last year and will be a solid piece in the Braves bullpen.

#3 – George Sherrill to the Braves

Continuing to add pitching, the Braves signed lefty reliever George Sherrill, who will be entering his 8th season in the majors.  The one-year deal is a smart one for the Braves as it is fairly low-risk.  Sherrill performed well in 2008 and 2009, but last year, he ran into trouble.  Posting a 6.69 ERA with the Dodgers in 65 games, Sherrill got destroyed facing right-handed hitters who batted .427 off him.

If Sherrill can rebound to his 2009 form, the Braves move will pay major dividends.  If not, they only spent $1.2 million dollars to sign him.  This looks like a winner for the Braves.

#2 – Dan Uggla to the Braves

His name is Dan Uggla and yes, he is now a Brave.  This All-Star second baseman has been tearing up the NL East for five years now.  The Marlins refused to meet Uggla’s demand of a five-year contract and decided to trade him.  They received Omar Infante and left-handed reliever Michael Dunn in exchange.

The winner of this trade may be a tough call.  Uggla, with 33 homers last year, gives the Braves a right-handed power bat.  However,  Infante is a more versatile and solid defender.  Plus, Infante batted over .300 each of the past two seasons.  And with good left-handed relievers hard to come by, Dunn’s 1.89 ERA in 25 games last year looks pretty good.  However, Dunn is a rookie with little experience so the Marlins cannot be sure what they will get out of him.

The worst news about this trade for the NL East is that Uggla remains in the NL East.  The Marlins may have just shot themselves, plus three other teams, directly in the foot.

P6203412B.jpg#1 – Jayson Werth to the Nationals

If anything is certain about this signing, it is that no one saw it coming.  The 7-year, $126 million dollar deal handed to right fielder Jayson Werth is the biggest move made in the NL East so far this offseason.  It may even wind up being one of the top five deals in all of baseball by the time 2011 gets started.

The Phillies could not afford to meet Werth’s demand, who made his first All-Star appearance with them in 2009.  Batting .296 with 27 homers and 85 RBI last year, this five-tool player is a great addition to any team.  However, at 31 years of age, Werth’s 7-year deal may look foolish a few seasons down the road.

Potential Future Moves:  The Phillies

A name you are likely to hear a lot in the coming weeks is Zack Greinke.  In fact, the only NL East team who has not been linked to Greinke is the Mets.  The Royals have made it known that they are willing to part with this right-handed starter for the right price.  Once Cliff Lee signs somewhere, the market for Greinke will certainly heat up.

While Greinke is on the Phillies wish list, they may also be looking at right fielder Delwyn Young.  Having spent the last two years with the Pirates, Young has not exactly been lighting up the batter’s box, hitting only .236 last year.  But the Phillies are still deciding how to replace Jayson Werth.  Young is a possibility, but look for the Phils to fill the spot internally.

Potential Future Moves:  The Braves

Aside from Zack Greinke, the Braves are also rumored to be in talks with lefty reliever Ron Mahay.  While with the Braves the last few months of 2007, Mahay posted a 2.25 ERA in 30 appearances and has since expressed interest in returning to the Braves.

Mahay had surgery near the end of the 2010 season for a torn rotator cuff.  but with left-handers in short supply, the Braves may take a look at re-signing Mahay.

P7266071 Romero cr.jpgPotential Future Moves:  The Marlins

Despite signing a few lefties already, the Marlins are still looking for depth in this area.  Ron Mahay, whom the Braves are looking into, is also a possibility here.  A few other lefties the Marlins may consider are Joe Beimel and JC Romero.  Beimel posted a 3.40 ERA in 45 innings last year and Romero had a 3.68 ERA in 36 2/3 innings.

The Marlins have also been tossing around the idea of signing right fielder Delwyn Young, whom the Phillies expressed interest in as well.


Potential Future Moves:  The Mets

The Mets have not made many moves this offseason aside from a few smaller players like catcher Ronnie Paulino and righty DJ Carrasco.  The biggest potential move for the Mets may be simply retaining outfielder Carlos Beltran.  Already signed through 2011, several teams including the Red Sox, have expressed interest in a trade for Beltran.

With budget concerns, the Mets have little room to squeak out any significant deals.  Therefore, the most important move they make may just be retaining players like Beltran, David Wright and Jose Reyes.  The Mets will need to resist the urge to dump payroll if they are to have a chance to compete in 2011.

Potential Future Moves:  The Nationals

While the Nationals severely overpaid for right fielder Jayson Werth, they may not be done just yet.  It seems, that like a lot of teams, star pitcher Cliff Lee is on their radar.  And similar to the Werth deal, no one would ever see it coming.  But the Nats appear to have money to burn so Lee may not be out of the question.

Veteran outfielder Randy Winn has also been rumored to be generating interest in Washington.  Also add first baseman Adam LaRoche to their wish list and right-handed reliever Kevin Gregg.  Gregg spent two years in the NL East with the Marlins from 2007 to 2008.  He pitched in 63 games for the Blue Jays last year and posted a 3.51 ERA.  Several teams, including the Nationals, have been courting the reliever.


Photos by Jenn Zambri Photography

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Slam Dunk: Halladay Nabs Unanimous Cy Young

If there was ever a question that Roy Halladay should indeed be the 2010 National League Cy Young award winner, then clearly you have not been paying attention.  With a both perfect game and playoff game no-hitter to his record this year, Halladay was the hands-down winner, garnering all 32 first-place votes for a unanimous decision.

This is Halladay’s second Cy Young; he won the first with the Blue Jays in 2003.  He is the 5th player ever to recieve the award in both leagues, joining Gaylord Perry, Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson and Roger Clemens.  Halladay is also the 4th Phillie to win, joining Steve Carlton (1972, 1977, 1980, 1982), John Denny (1983) and Steve Bedrosian (1987).

Finishing the season with a 21-10 record and a 2.44 ERA, Halladay had a career year and was the indisputable favorite for the award.  In short, it was slam dunk.

Halladay slam dunk.jpgAs we near the holiday season, this award made me wonder, what do you get for the person who has nearly everything?  He has a perfect game, a no-hitter, more than 20 wins, millions of dollars and now a second Cy Young award.  With this in mind, I put together a list of ideas for anyone shopping for Mr. Halladay this season.

What To Get Roy Halladay For The Holiday’s

1. A World Series Championship (Duh)

2. His very own “Most Interesting Man In The World” beer commercial

3. A World Series Championship (can we get one in gift card form to redeem in 2011?)

4. A spaceship so he can visit other planets when he gets bored with Earth

5. A World Series Championship (did I already say that??)

6. An I-Pod Dock Toilet Paper Holder – For tunes while you toot.  Several web sites recommend this…seriously.

7. A World Series Championship (in case I forgot to mention it earlier)

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Solar-Powered Rainbow Maker – Have you ever just been sitting around thinking, gee, I’d love to see a cheery rainbow right now?  Yeah, me too.  Besides, Halladay already has the pot of gold to go with it.

9. His very own country – call it “Happy Halladayville”

10. If you are still online shopping for the TP holder, maybe I was not clear the first 4 times…get Roy Halladay a World Series Championship!!!


Roy Halladay thanks you in advance ;O)


Photoshopping by Jenn Zambri Photography

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Series Win; Moyer Makes More Records

In the final game of the series against the Blue Jays who served as the home team in Philly this weekend, the Phillies walked away with an 11-2 win.  The 47-year old pitcher, Jamie Moyer, walked away with his 9th win of year and a few more entries in the baseball record books.

Moyer gave up a 2-run homer in the 2nd inning which propelled him past former Phillie Robin Roberts for the most home runs allowed by any pitcher.  The 506 record breaking home runs were allowed to a total of 322 different batters in 42 different ballparks.  There has been some debate over whether or not Moyer should be proud of such a record.  But this type of record simply means that he has been pitching for a very, very long time.  Not too many other players have been around this long.

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Adding to that thought, Moyer broke another record today.  He became only the 40th player in history to have pitched 4,000 innings.  This is another testament to the longevity of Moyer’s career.  And to still be pitching, and being successful, at his age is just amazing.  He went 7 innings against the Jays on Sunday and that 2-run homer mentioned earlier was the only scoring he allowed.

Jimmy Rollins helped jump start the offense with a single in the first at-bat of the game.  Rollins ended with 3 hits, each hit to a different part of the ballpark; one down each baseline and one up the middle.  Rollins plus Ben Francisco and Dane Sardinha each had 2 RBI a piece.  Francsico looked good in left and was 3 for 5 at the plate.  Could this be the end of Raul Ibanez as an everyday player?  If Ibanez does not start hitting, it very well could.

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So the bats were popping and some great defensive plays highlighted the win as well.  Both Rollins and Jayson Werth were all over the place snagging balls out of the air:

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The Phillies were ahead 7-2 by the 7th inning and that is when the bottom really fell out for the Jays.  The play on the field began to resemble a long series of sight gags that The Three Stooges may have attempted in one of their comedy bits.  Throws by Jays fielders sailed into no-man’s land, balls were mishandled and there was even a passed ball at the plate.  By the end of the 7th, the Jays had committed 3 errors, 4 total for the game, and the Phillies had scored a total of 6 unearned runs in the 11-2 win.

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Wilson Valdez, who is officially the Master at hitting into double plays, tried to do so twice in this game only to have his attempts foiled by the Jays sloppy defense.  Darn those errant throws!  Wilson is clearly going for some sort of DP record and they may have ruined his chances. (Please note the sarcasm in the above paragraph)

The series win went to the Phillies with 2 out of 3 games.  To commemorate this unique occasion of playing an American League game in a National league ballpark while giving home field to the AL team (did you follow all that?), I have put together a short “Canadian’s In Philly” montage:

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Is it just me, or does the woman hugging both the Blue Jays stuffed toy and the Phanatic stuffed toy seem confused?  Or perhaps a tad conflicted?  We wish her well.

Here is the full Photo Album from the game.

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Chase Utley    Ryan Howard    Raul Ibanez    Placido Polanco

Carlos Ruiz    Jayson Werth    Shane Victorino    Jimmy Rollins

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Homers Hurt Hamels

Thumbnail image for P7098599 Hamels.jpgCole Hamels
started against the Blue Jays on Saturday.  In this 2nd of the 3 road games to be played at home, Hamels struggled to keep the Jays in the yard.  He allowed 5 runs on 7 hits, 3 of which were home runs, and also walked 3 batters.

Everyone has a bad day from time to time and this was certainly one of those for Hamels.  He lasted only 4 innings.  The disturbing part of this outing though was watching Hamels throw pitches down the middle of the plate with an 0-2 count and the Jays did not miss his mistakes.

The offense did little to help out as the only run scored for the Phils was a solo homer by Ryan Howard.  But the Jays pitcher, Shaun Marcum, looked good and was confusing the Phils batters.  Chase Utley had 2 hits, but no one could drive him home.

One more disturbing aspect in this game was that 3rd baseman, Placido Polanco sat out due to a shoulder injury.  Charlie Manuel said he was not sure how serious it was and that he would not know if Polly could play today until he shows up to the park.  Polanco has been the team’s most consistant hitter so we hope he will be okay.

Jamie Moyer pitches today at 1:35pm.  We wish him luck and hope he Phils can go on the road (officially) with a series victory!

And in case you missed it yesterday, here is the Photo Album from Friday’s win which includes Roy Halladay pitching and the 76ers 1st round draft pick, Evan Turner.  He hung out at batting practice and also threw the 1st pitch of the game. 

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Chase Utley    Ryan Howard    Raul Ibanez    Placido Polanco

Carlos Ruiz    Jayson Werth    Shane Victorino    Jimmy Rollins

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Halladay Wins Away Game At Home

The Phillies played an away game at home in Philly for the first time ever, against the Blue Jays.  Because of the G-20 Summit in Toronto, the 3-games series was move to Philadelphia.  The team wore their grey road uniforms, batted first, used the DH and even took batting practice second.  The Canadian Mountaineers even made several appearances with the Phanatic:
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But the really fun part was seeing Roy Halladay pitch against his old team for the first time in his career.  And Halladay came out with his usual serious, mow-them-down attitude.  After 7 shut-out innings, Halladay walked off the mound with his 9th win of the year.

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The Phillies offense, which in previous Halladay starts had not helped him out much, finally scored some runs for him.  Ross Gload got a rare start at first base since Ryan Howard served as the DH and Gload took full advantage.  He went 3 for 4 with 4 RBI in the game.  Jayson Werth was also on base a lot, with 2 hits and 2 walks.  Chase Utley and Shane Victorino scored 2 RBI a piece and Jimmy Rollins walked 4 times.  J-Roll hit that walk-off homer the day before and now no one wants to pitch to him?  Strange.

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Defensively, the Phils were solid as well.  A very odd run-down double play happened in the 3rd inning where both Utley and Gload had to chase down runners and tag them out:

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So with all the Phillies offense, the crowd was actually a little bored by the 6th inning.  By the 7th inning, restless crowd began the wave.  It was probably the longest sustained wave I have ever seen:


Victorino woke up the crowd in the 8th inning by smashing a homer to left center field, adding to the already huge Phillies lead.  Victorino, and really the whole team, were in good spirits before the game and it translated into a whole lot of scoring:

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When it was finished, the Phillies took away a 9-0 win for their 7th shut-out of 2010.  They will play the Jays this afternoon at 4:05pm with Cole Hamels on the mound.  Here is the full Photo Album from Friday’s game, which includes the 76ers 1st round draft pick, Evan Turner, hanging out before the game and also throwing the 1st pitch.

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Chase Utley    Ryan Howard    Raul Ibanez    Placido Polanco

Carlos Ruiz    Jayson Werth    Shane Victorino    Jimmy Rollins

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Phillies Survive Near Tornado To Sweep Indians

Early in the final game of the Phillies – Indians series today, things got very, very weird.  And just when you thought it could get any stranger, a gigantic storm, which looked like a hurricane and tornado all in one, hit the stadium in the 8th inning.

But early in the 2nd inning, many already thought that this game was going to resemble an episode of The Twilight Zone.  3 straight singles loaded the bases and then Dane Sardinha hit a grounder to third base.  The catcher missed the throw to home plate and 2 runs scored.  Next, the Phillies pitcher, Joe Blanton, got hit with a pitch. 

The oddities continued as Shane Victorino was called out for going out of the baseline on his way to first base.  Charlie Manuel was so angry over the call, he got himself thrown out.  Blanton was later allowed by the Indians centerfielder to tag up at third and score, even though Blanton did not move until he realized the fielder was paying him no mind.  And the Indians left fielder was almost injured badly when he ran for a foul ball and smashed leg first into the wall.  As he bounced around, his head hit the wall next and he then began wandering around the field like he did not know where he was.

P6203445 Sardinha.jpgSo to recap the 2nd inning; 5 runs scored on 4 hits, an official error, a mental error and 2 sacrifices plus, the manager is ejected, the Phils pitcher is hit with a pitch and a freak injury.  Could this game get any weirder…oh yes, it can…

The Phillies went on a hitting spree after that, scoring 7 more runs.  Placido Polanco had 4 hits and 2 RBI; both Chase Utley and Jayson Werth had 3 hits each and Wilson Valdez had 2 hits.  The only position player to go hitless was Ryan Howard, although he did collect an RBI.  And Sardinha, in his first start as a Phillie, hit his first major league home run in the 6th inning.

In light of the recent offensive woes, the hitting spree was a nice surprise.  But it was by far the biggest surprise of the day.  With 2 outs in the 8th inning, Mother Nature paid an unpleasant visit to Citizens Bank Park.  The rain poured down in buckets and the wind made things begin to swirl wildly in a circular motion, like a tornado.  The tarp was half-way whipped up off the field, taking a field vehicle with it!  The car was supposed to be holding the tarp down, but the winds were so strong it moved the car!  Check out the video from CSN Philly.  I have never seen anything like this…ever:


Here is another good one shot by a fan, which gives a really good view of the car being moved around:


So the rain delay lasted for an hour and 37 minutes with the Phillies in the lead by a score of 12-3.  They came back and finished the game…nothing changed.  The Phillies sweep the Tribe in 3 games.  Blanton had a good game, going 7 2/3 before the storm hit and allowing just 3 runs on 6 hits.  Nelson Figueroa was called up from AAA and pitched a scoreless 9th.  Figueroa takes Chad Durbin’s place as he is now on the DL with a strained hamstring.

Starting tomorrow night, the relocated series with the Blue Jays will begin.  It was supposed to be in Toronto, but had to be moved to Philly for security reasons related to the G20 Summit.  So the Jays will be the home team in Philly for 3 games.  Game time tomorrow is 7:05pm.

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Photo by Jenn Zambri Photography

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3 Extra Home Games For Phillies

The June 25-27 series against the Blue Jays was scheduled to be held in Toronto.  However, due to security concerns surrounding the G20 Summit, the games will be moved to Philadelphia.  The Jays will still be the “home” team and American League rules will apply, which means a DH will be used.

Commissioner Bud Selig consulted both teams before making the decision, which is in the best interest of all involved.  And while the move will no doubt favor the Phillies more than the Jays, it is better to be safe than sorry.  And knowing that Selig probably hates the Phillies for beating his precious Brewers in the 2008 NLDS makes this even sweeter.  I hope making this announcement will haunt Selig’s dreams for years to come  (insert evil laugh here) ;o)

canada shirt.jpgNow we just have to hope that a crazed Blue Jays fan does not decide to hop onto the field during the game looking for a cheap, Taser Gun thrill that can only be found in silly Philly.  You know how those Canadians are; with all that free health care, danger is no obstacle to some hardcore entertainment. ;o) OHHHHH Canada!  I may have to move…

As for tickets, the Phillies will announce those plans in a few days; season ticket holder get first crack, followed by partial season ticket holders.  This should be interesting…


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