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Phillies Season Over Too Soon

The Phillies lost Game 6 of the NLCS to the Giants last night, prematurely ending their season.  The Giants will go on to face the Texas Rangers in the World Series while the Phils sit at home and watch.  Having made it to the World Series two straight years, this loss was tough to take.

The game ended, perhaps fittingly, on a Ryan Howard strike out with 2 men on base.  Howard struck out 12 times in 22 at-bats and had zero RBI the entire series.  This performance was a microcosm of entire Phillies playoff run where the big producers did very little.  Chase Utley hit .182 with only 1 RBI; Shane Victorino batted .208 with only 2 RBI; Carlos Ruiz hit .167 with only 1 RBI…you get the picture.

In last night’s game, the Phils had plenty of chances to turn things around and force a Game 7; they simply did not do it.  Roy Oswalt pitched a great game while Jonathan Sanchez did not.

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The Phillies took advantage of Sanchez early in the 1st inning; after a walk and a wild pitch, Utley doubled, Howard singled and Jayson Werth hit a sac fly.  Two runs scored and it looked like the Phils were in control.
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It started out similar in the bottom of the 3rd inning too; Sanchez walked  Placido Polanco and then hit Utley in the upper back.  As Utley ran to first, the ball bounced to him; he caught it and underhanded it to Sanchez who then started spewing cuss words at Utley.  If you read his lips, Utley said, “What?  What’s bulls*it?” And then the benches cleared…

Here are some photos I took and I have marked where a few interesting things are going on in the group.  You can see Carlos Ruiz getting pretty angry; Utley running in while Polanco tries to restrain a Giants player; Pat Burrell right in the middle of the argument having words with his old friends; JC Romero trying to hold back Sanchez:

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Utley and Sanchez have a history; Sanchez threw at his head on 7/30/09, to which Utley said nothing. Later, Utley called time out during his at-bat and Sanchez got mad about when he called it.  Utley then took him deep for a homer to right.  Apparently, Sanchez has issues with Utley.

Anyway, after the near-brawl on the field, Sanchez was pulled; the Phillies had two free base runners with NO outs and still failed to score.  That may have been the moment that changed the entire season for the Phillies.  Because in the top of the inning, everything had gone wrong for the Phils defensively.  Getting a run after that may have made the difference.

The 3rd started with a hit by the pitcher Sanchez which Utley should have fielded and did not.  A single and a sac bunt were followed by this missed fly ball to Victorino:

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On the very same play, Victorino threw home and Ruiz made the tag to save a run:

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The Phils could have escaped with just the one run scored but Polanco got a ground ball and was charged with a throwing error as Howard did not make the catch at first.  Frankly, it looked like a ball he should have caught.  Another run scored on the error to tie the game 2-2.

It was a virtual stalemate after that for a while.  The Phillies had chances to score, like in the 5th when Howard doubled but the 3rd base coach held Jimmy Rollins at third.  With two outs and little offense working, he should have been sent home.

In the 6th, Raul Ibanez doubled and Ruiz moved him to third with a bunt.  But pinch hitter Ben Francisco went down on strikes instead of hitting a much needed sac fly.  No scoring…again.  In all, the Phillies left 11 men on base and went 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position.  It was a lackluster effort, just like most of this series was for the Phillies.

Werth did make a heroic catch in foul territory, which was one of the few highlights:

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But in the 8th, forced to pitch his 2nd inning of the night, Ryan Madson gave up a solo homer to Juan Uribe which broke the tie.  The Phillies could not manage a rally, down by only one run and with many base runners.  They lost 3-2 and sent the Giants to the World Series.

I would like to congratulate the Giants and their fans for the victory.  They are a great team who fought hard and earned it.  The Phillies did not play like the team we all know and that is the most disappointing part.  But to have made it this far is still an accomplishment as 26 other teams did not.

In the coming days, I will be analyzing the aftermath and looking ahead to what next season might bring.  For today, I will quietly mourn the end of the 2010 Phillies season and try to look on the bright side later.

Here is the full Photo Album from the game.  It includes game shots, pre-game, Darren Daulton tossing the 1st pitch, Kane Kalas singing God Bless America and more…

 

Photos by Jenn Zambri Photography

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Staying Alive; Phillies Pull Out A Win And Head Back To Philly

Everyone expected Roy Halladay to come out firing tonight with the Phillies season on the line.  Instead, he walked the first batter he faced and allowed a run to score.  The entire 6 innings he pitched were uncomfortable, at best.  He did only allow 2 runs total; the second one, of course, off the bat of Cody Ross with an RBI-double.  But he never looked settled, fell behind in counts and ended with 2 walks and only 5 strike outs.PA163444AR.jpg

While Halladay’s entire outing was a nail biter, he did battle through it and kept the Phils in the game.  Tim Lincecum only had one bad inning through 7 and that was the 3rd.  The Phillies scored 3 runs in a very odd sequence of events.  Raul Ibanez, back in the line-up after being sat yesterday, singled to start the inning.  That was his first hit this entire series.

Lincecum then hit Carlos Ruiz to put two men on base with no outs.  Halladay bunted what looked like a foul ball but the umpire, much to everyone’s surprise, called it fair.  The base runners moved up as Pablo Sandoval at third missed the bag while Ibanez slid in.  Halladay just stood at home looking confused as he was thrown out at first on a foul ball.

But it worked out for the Phillies as an error by Aubrey Huff allowed both Ibanez and Ruiz to score.  Placido Polanco singled to score another run.  But then with runners on first and second, needing a simple sac fly to score again, Ryan Howard struck out…again.  Howard has zero RBI’s this series.  Jayson Werth flied out to end the inning, stranding 2 runners.

You had to wonder if these stranded runners would cost the Phillies both the game (again) and the season.  They headed into the 7th clinging to the slim 3-2 lead.  Jimmy Rollins singled and then stole 2 bases to land on 3rd with Ruiz on 1st and only one out.  But again, the Phillies failed to score.  Pinch hitter Ross Gload hit a line drive right to 1st.  Huff caught the ball and stepped on 1st for the easy double play.

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In the middle of the 7th, the Giants sent this strange thing out to sing God Bless America; I think that is a small village on her head?  Weird.

So it would be up to the bullpen to keep the series going and send it back to Philly.  Jose Contreras and JC Romero took care of the 7th.  Ryan Madson was tossing 95mph bullets in the 8th, despite having pitched the last two games.  He struck out the side, including our old friend Pat Burrell.  Remember when a Burrell strike out was SO frustrating?  Not so much anymore ;o)

Giving the Phillies a little extra breathing room in the 9th, Werth hit a monster homer over the huge right field wall.  Brad Lidge had a 4-2 lead to work with and got the first out quickly with a shallow fly ball.  Next out, an easy ground ball. (Biting my nails…) Pinch hitter, whose name no one can pronounce…Travis Ishikawa…IsHeWaWa?  IshiMama?  IdunnoA?  Whatever.    He struck out, so who cares.  Phillies win, 4-2!!!  LIDGE gets it DONE!

With the win tonight, the NLCS series heads back to Philadelphia with the Phils trailing 2 games to 3.  They have an off-day tomorrow for travel and will play Game 6 on Saturday, either at 3:57pm or 7:57pm, depending on the Rangers – Yankees series results tomorrow.  I assume Roy Oswalt is still slated to pitch; we should know for sure tomorrow.  Whatever happens, I am excited to go to the game on Saturday; this team may still have life in them yet.

UPDATE: Halladay apparently pulled his groin early in the game last night during either the 1st or 2nd inning.  Manuel said 2nd, but also said it was during the Buster Posey at-bat, which was in the 1st.  At any rate, he pitched basically the whole game injured.  Halladay will have an MRI today to determine how bad the pull is.

 

Photos by Jenn Zambri Photography

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Oswalt Falters But Phillies Pull Off The Comeback Win

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The Phillies started the postseason with 2 pitchers named Roy in the first 2 games.  In each of those games, the 2 Roy’s were polar opposites in terms of performance and results.  Roy Halladay pitched a no-hitter in his first ever playoff game.  Roy Oswalt on the other hand, with prior playoff experience, did not pitch well at all.  But all is well that ends well as the Phillies went on to win anyway. 

At the start of the game, Oswalt looked pretty bad.  He threw balls right down the middle of the plate and the Reds did not miss them.  Oswalt surrendered 3 earned runs and 1 unearned on 5 hits and a walk.  Chase Utley made 2 throwing errors in the 2nd inning, which is very odd for Utley, and that cost Oswalt the unearned run.

Between the errors, ineffective pitching and lack of hitting, things looked grim for the Phillies early on.  They were not able to scratch out any runs until the bottom of the 5th when 2 Reds errors plus an Utley single scored 2 runs.  Utley redeemed himself and, making him feel even better, the Reds equaled his screw-ups.  Even better, one of the errors was from ex-Phillie Scott Rolen, which the fans enjoyed a lot.  Rolen has been booed mercilessly these past two games.  No love lost between him and Philadelphia…

Things got stranger in the 6th; Carlos Ruiz was hit in the knee with a pitch by another ex-Phillie, Arthur Rhodes.  Ruiz seemed to be fine and Rhodes was lifted from the game.  Pitcher Logan Ondrusek replaced Rhodes and only 3 pitches later, he nailed pinch-hitter Ben Francisco in the head to load the bases.  Luckily for Francisco, he moved his head quick enough that the ball hit the brim of the helmet.  So although it looked very scary, he was okay.  Shane Victorino walked next to score a run.

So while all this was pretty entertaining, the Phillies were still down 4-3 going into the 7th.  Utley was hit by a pitch for the 3rd erroneous toss by a Reds pitcher.  Things began to go seriously downhill for the Reds when, with 1 out, they brought in their flame throwing rookie, Aroldis Chapman.  With 100+ mph balls flying, it was the Reds fielders who got rattled instead of the Phillies batters…

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missed a fairly easy fly ball off the bat of Jimmy Rollins and then Brandon Phillips dropped the relay throw, allowing 2 runs to score.  Ruiz hit into a fielder’s choice a little later, but it scored another run.  Also in this inning, Mike Sweeney made his postseason debut as a pinch hitter and singled to left.  Having waited 16 years to reach the playoffs, that hit had to feel amazing for Sweeney.  By the way, join us at my “I Want A Hug From Mike Sweeney” Facebook page for more Sweeney fun :O)

So the Reds had 4 errors through 7 innings in this game, which the Phillies then led by a score of 6-4.  Ryan Madson erased the Reds in the top of the 8th.  In the bottom half, Utley singled and stole a base, still determined to erase the errors from everyone’s minds.  Jayson Werth knocked him in to add on an insurance run for a 7-4 lead.

That set up the 9th for Brad Lidge.  Despite walking the first batter he faced and making the fans grumble, Lidge buckled down and got the next 3 batter out to put the Phillies up 2 games to none in the NLDS.  The Phillies are one win away from advancing!  Cole Hamels will pitch in Cincinnati on Sunday at 7:00pm.

 

Photos by Jenn Zambri Photography

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NLDS Roster Announced


6a00e5513d181b8834013487fe1fcf970c-350wi.pngThe Phillies announced today who will be on the 25-man roster for the NLDS and there are really no surprises.  Those notable players who did not make it include Kyle Kendrick, Danys Baez and David Herndon.  Here is the breakdown:

Pitchers

Roy Halladay

Roy Oswalt

Cole Hamels

Joe Blanton

Brad Lidge

Ryan Madson

Jose Contreras

 J.C. Romero

Chad Durbin

Antonio Bastardo

 

Catchers

Carlos Ruiz

Brian Schneider

 

Infielders                            Outfielders

Ryan Howard

Jayson Werth

Chase Utley

Shane Victorino

Jimmy Rollins

Raul Ibanez

Placido Polanco

Ben Francisco

Wilson Valdez

Ross Gload

Mike Sweeney

Domonic Brown

Greg Dobbs

 

 

Going with 10 pitchers instead of 11 allows the Phillies to add more fire power to the bench.  They expect the 3 starters to go deep into games so extra long men in the pen will likely not be necessary.  Blanton will fill the role if needed.

As for Ruiz and Romero, manager Charlie Manuel says both players are fine and ready to play after suffering minor injuries on Sunday.

If you are going to the game tomorrow, here is the information about pre-game festivities and other highlights:

2:00 p.m. – Phillies Postseason Party begins on Citizens Bank Way. Features music by Mr. Greengenes; Highlights include an inflatable obstacle course for children, face painters, an extreme rock wall climb and a Velcro race.

2:35 p.m.
Ashburn Alley opens.

3:05 p.m.
All gates open. Rally towels for all fans, compliments of StubHub.

3:30 p.m. – Phillies Postseason Rally on Citizens Bank Way! Special guests include former Phillies Scott Eyre and Greg “The Bull” Luzinski, Comcast SportsNet analyst Ricky Bottalico, the Phillie Phanatic and Phillies Ballgirls. Music provided by Mr. Greengenes; Scott Palmer, Phillies Director of Public Affairs, will emcee.

4:40 p.m. – On-field pre-game ceremony begins.

4:44 p.m. – Introduction of Cincinnati Reds.

4:48 p.m. – Introduction of Philadelphia Phillies.

4:54 p.m.  - National Anthem: Sung by country singer Catherine Raney, niece of Tim McGraw, who will be representing the Tug McGraw Foundation.

4:56 p.m.  - Color Guard introduced.

4:58 p.m. – Ceremonial First Pitch: Phillies alumnus Scott Eyre.

5:07 p.m.  - Play ball! Phillies vs. Reds game begins.

5th Inning – “Lady PhaPha” makes her postseason debut.

7th Inning – God Bless America: Sung by national recording artist Lauren Hart, a Philadelphia native whose songs have been heard on television series and soap operas.

See you there!

Disappointing Final Home Game For Phillies

My day at Citizens Bank Park for the Phillies final home game today against the Mets started off a bit dreary.  It was rainy and cold.  But soon after entering the park, two Phillies players walked right past me; Domonic Brown and John Mayberry Jr.  I said, “Hey Dom Brown!” and he said hello back and waved.  I then proceeded to follow them through the park.  They stopped at the first base gate and began handing out rally towels to fans coming through the turnstiles as part of the Fan Appreciation Day surprises.

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Once the crowd died down and Brown looked bored, I asked an usher if I could go up close and take a photo.  He said I could so I walked over, said hi and asked Brown to take a photo with me. 
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I held up the camera and pushed the button; as I did, two security guards started yelling at me to stop and go away.  I turned my head to see what they were yelling about and the shot to the right is the result.  Well, at least we are both in it…lol  I thanked Dom as I ran off before I got yelled at some more.

So while that was fun, the rest of the day was not.  Cole Hamels did not pitch well and allowed 5 runs over only 4 innings while looking visibly frustrated at both himself and many of the umpires’ ball-strike calls.  As a result, there were a lot of pitchers used in the game, including rookie Vance Worley who pitched a scoreless inning:

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Down 5-0 in the 5th, things look grim for the Phillies who were getting beat by a very average pitcher in Pat Misch.  They finally scored when Chase Utley smashed a 3-run homer.  But that was the only highlight of the game as the Phillies went on to leave 9 men on base and were 1 for 13 with runners in scoring position.

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Defensively, they did at least embarrass Jose Reyes one more time.  In all 3 games this series, Reyes was picked off base.  Today, he was thrown out at home and also caught stealing third base; Shane Victorino got the assist on the out at home.  The Phillies defense also turned one double play while Carlos Ruiz hit into a double play to end a scoring threat in the 4th.

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This loss was disappointing on many levels.  First, the Braves lost which means, had the Phillies won, they could have clinched the NL East at home and the fans, myself included, would have been able to participate in the celebration. 


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The good news is, the magic number is now just ONE.  So the Phillies only need one more win or one more Braves loss to clinch.  Right now, the worst they can do it tie with the Braves for the NL East title. 

The Phillies go to DC now for 3 games against the Nats; tomorrow’s game time is 7:05pm and Roy Halladay will pitch.  Here is the full Photo Album from the game.

 

Photos by Jenn Zambri Photography

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Phillies Get Closer To October With 11th Straight Win

Scoreboard watching is officially in high gear in Philadelphia.  With a magic number of 4 to start the night, fans were intently watching both the Phillies game and the scoreboard report on the BravesNationals match-up as well.  The 4-1 Nationals lead was of great interest as the Phillies led tonight over the Mets 3-2 going into the 8th.

The Phillies starting pitcher, Joe Blanton, did a great job keeping the game close.  He struggled with 2 outs, allowing a single and a homer in the 4th plus two doubles with 2 outs in later innings.  But Blanton made it through 7 innings with just the 2 runs allowed on 6 hits and a walk.

The defense played well behind Blanton, keeping extra runs off the board.  Raul Ibanez made a sliding grab in left that save a 2-out run from scoring.  Even Blanton got in on the act.  In the 7th, he dove for a short roller towards first and flipped the ball with his glove to Ryan Howard for the out.  Face down in the dirt, Blanton looked like he had just done a belly flop into a pool.

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He even needed a towel afterwards to clean up, as his teammates broke up in laughter over the play.  While Blanton will not get any style points for the dive, it got the job done.

Shane Victorino led the game off with a solo homer against knuckleballer RA Dickey.  Victorino had an RBI-double as well in the 2nd inning.  The go ahead run was scored by Ibanez in the 4th, who was singled in by Carlos Ruiz.  Placido Polanco had a good night as well, with 2 hits.  However, the offense as a whole was fairly quiet, as they have been in the past against Dickey and other knuckleballers.  The 3 runs they scratched out would have to be enough.

Things got pretty tense in the 9th inning as Brad Lidge tried to save the game with that slim 1-run lead.  Lidge has been amazing this month, so expectations were high.  With two outs and a runner on third, Lidge pitched around and walked rookie catcher Josh Thole.  What happened next is hard to imagine…

Lidge went into his windup and the third base umpire, Hunter Wendelstedt, suddenly called time out for the Mets to put in a pinch runner.  With the pitch already delivered, the batter grounded out and the game should have been over.  Instead, after much arguing, it was a do over.

Charlie Manuel was nearly tossed from the game sticking up for his team, and who could blame him.  It was another ridiculous, unprofessional act by yet another major league umpire.  You cannot call time out when the pitcher is already in his windup!  Unbelievable.  But even this moron could not stop the Phillies.  Lidge struck the batter out and collected the save.

The Braves are down 6-1 in DC in the top of the 7th as I write this.  If they go on to lose, the magic number will be down to TWO!  That means the Phillies could clinch the division either Saturday or Sunday.  I am SO ready for October!!

UPDATE: The Braves lost; the Phillies Magic Number is now TWO!!!

 

Blanton photo by Jenn Zambri Photography

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Halladay Wins #20; Phillies Extend Division Lead

Four games ahead in the division, the Phillies were poised to deliver a serious gut punch to the Braves tonight.  A victory would ensure a series win and reduce the Phillies magic number to 6.  With Roy Halladay set to pitch, the Phillies had to feel pretty good about their chances.

In the first inning, Halladay looked like he was firing bullets out of his arm.  He set the Braves down in order on only 6 pitches.  But after that, the struggles began and Halladay had issues with his control.  But in typical Halladay style, he worked in and out of jams to keep the game close.
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Despite the difficulties, Halladay made it through 7 innings while allowing 3 runs.  It was enough to earn him his 20th win of the season; no pitcher has reached that mark in the National League since 2005.  For the Phillies, the last time was in 1982 when Steve Carlton had 23 wins. 

So while tonight was not Halladay’s best effort, the poor man does look awfully tired after pitching 241 2/3 innings so far this year.  And with 20 wins, it is hard to complain.  With any luck, the Phillies can clinch the division early and give the Doc some much needed rest.

The offense was a little sluggish as well tonight, leaving 12 men on base.  But for the 2nd time this week, Jayson Werth came through at just the right time with a 3-run homer in the 3rd inning.  An even bigger clutch hit came with a 3-2 score in the 6th inning; Raul Ibanez smashed a 2-run double with 2 outs.  That gave the Phillies a bit more cushion to work with.

The defense was key to the team’s success as well.  Just like last night, the Phillies turned 3 great double plays to help out their pitchers.  Wilson Valdez almost had another one in the 5th, but Rick Ankiel charged 2nd with his hands up and Valdez hit him in the arm with the attempted throw to first.  It probably could have been called interference as Ankiel did not go straight for the bag, but the Phils had to settle for one out there.

Up by a score of 5-3 in the 8th, it was up to Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge to finish off the win.  Madson benefited from one of the double plays in the 8th, helping to get him out of the inning.  And Lidge pitched another great 9th inning to save the game.

So to recap, the Phillies are FIVE games ahead in the division with the magic number of 6 to win the division!  Game 3 with the Braves is tomorrow at 7:05pm…let’s go for the SWEEP!!!

 

Photo by Jenn Zambri Photography

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Hamels Hammers The Braves

Cole Hamels was walking a very tight rope tonight against the division rival Braves.  Both team battled and runs would be hard to come by.  Luckily, the runs were more difficult for the Braves.

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Hamels pitched 8 amazing innings, shutting down Braves hitters.  He struck out 6, walked 1 and allowed only 1 run all night.  But there were many highlights in this game.  Here are just a few:

-  Cole Hamels!  Duh.

-  A key 2-out RBI double from Carlos Ruiz in the 2nd inning.

-  3 double plays turned with the help of Wilson Valdez’s cannon of an arm and Chase Utley’s acrobatics.

-  RBI’s by Placido Polanco and Raul Ibanez.


Diaz bionic foot.jpg-  Another idiot ran onto the field during the game; but instead of the taser gun, the Phils used their secret weapon, Braves left fielder, Matt Diaz.  Using his super-bionic foot, Diaz tripped up the moron and security teams swept in to collect the stunned fan.  Take that, taser gun!  You have been foiled by Matt Diaz ;o)

-  A super SAVE by Brad Lidge and a 3-1 win!

-  The Phillies are now FOUR games ahead of the Braves in the NL East!

Not only are the Phils up by four games, they have decreased their magic number to 8!  With Roy 2.0, Roy Halladay and Roy Oswalt, set to pitch the next two games, things look good for the Phillies.  Game time tomorrow is 7:05pm….Go Phillies!

 

Hamels photo by Jenn Zambri Photography

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Howard Breaks More Records In Win Over Nats

 

If there is one team out there that pitcher Kyle Kendrick should be able to handle, you would probably pick the Nationals.  P9059582 Kendrick.jpgHowever, in the first inning tonight it did not look good.  Kendrick gave up a run and loaded the bases.  But after chatting with pitching coach, Rich Dubee, Kendrick calmed down and got out of the jam.

Kendrick has been the big unknown all year long; as in, no one knows what he might do in any given start.  He has given up no less than 4 runs in each of his last 4 starts while pitching no more than 6 innings in any of those game.  But tonight, he handled the Nats and allowed only 2 runs over 6 inning.

The offense got Kendrick a descent lead with some homers and a few other timely hits.  Both Raul Ibanez and Wilson Valdez had 3-hit nights and they each collected an RBI.  Shane Victorino had 2 hits and a walk in the leadoff spot.  Valdez, filling in for the still lame Jimmy Rollins, tripped going around the bases in the 3rd inning and looked like he was hurt.  Luckily, he shook it off and kept playing.  But with all the injuries this year, that was a scary moment.

Also in the 3rd, Ryan Howard broke some more Phillies records.  With a 2-run homer, Howard became the first Phillie ever to record 5 straight 30 home run, 100 RBI seasons.  Chuck Klein had done it 4 straight seasons.  Howard’s 252nd career homer also put him into third place all-time for home runs by a Phillie.  He passed Pat Burrell who had 251 homers.

In the 7th, there was a bit of a counting mix-up involving the Nats lead-off hitter, Danny Espinosa.  After he watched 2 strikes go by and swung and missed at the 3rd pitch, Espinosa hung around, waiting for another pitch.  From the Phillies dugout, Roy Oswalt held up 3 fingers for him, hoping he would get a clue.  Instead, Espinosa stood there and proceeded to argue the strike count with the umpire.  Poor kid; maybe he took counting lessons on Sesame Street with the Mets alumni? :

Later in the 8th, Ryan Madson came in to pitch with a 5-2 lead and got himself into big trouble.  After a fly ball out, he walked the next 2 batters and gave up a single to load the bases with one out.  A 3-run lead for the Phillies these days is not a sure thing by any means.  But Madson found where he had hidden his fastball location and got the next two outs. 

Brad Lidge came in for the 9th and recorded his 23rd save of the year and did so with only 8 pitches.  Not to be outdone by Howard’s accomplishments, Lidge moved past Tug McGraw on the Phillies all-time saves list with 95.

Tomorrow afternoon at 1:35pm, the Phillies will try to sweep the Nats with Joe Blanton on the mound.  I shall return with photos and hopefully, a win :O)

 

Photo by Jenn Zambri Photography

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Phillies Sweep Marlins & Increase Division Lead

With a 3-game sweep of the Marlins completed tonight, the Phillies have increased their NL East lead to 3 games over the Braves.  Roy Halladay picked up his 19th win of the year while allowing 3 runs over 6 innings.  Halladay does appear to be tiring as we near the end of the regular season, but is still pitching effectively.  If the Phils can add to their 3-game lead over the Braves, perhaps Halladay can get some much needed rest before the potential playoff run.

Another big event tonight besides #19 for Halladay involved Shane Victorino.  He completed a quadruple double for the season; with a triple tonight, he now has double digits in steals (32), doubles (24), triples (10) and home runs (17).  Victorino had 2 hits total tonight plus and RBI.P9059679 Victorino.jpg

Other big contributors to the 10-5 win were Raul Ibanez and Wilson Valdez who each had 3 hits and 2 RBI.  Ryan Howard reached base 3 times by drawing walks and Chase Utley hit a long homer to right field.  After scoring only 2 runs last night, a 10-run explosion was fun to watch.

The Phillies have the day off tomorrow before starting a 9-game home stand; 3 games each with the Nationals, Braves and Mets.  The Braves series will be pivotal in determining the 2010 Phillies fate.  The Phils have shuffled their pitching rotation to have the big 3 go against the Braves; Cole Hamels, Roy Halladay and Roy Oswalt.  But the next game with be with the Nats on Friday at 7:05pm; Oswalt will pitch.

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Since there is an off-day tomorrow, I have a special off-day blog planned.  Yesterday, I spent time with former Phillies catcher, Darren Daulton, at the 97.5 FM The Fanatic studios during his radio show.  I will tell you all about that and have photos to post from my tour of the station as well.  Check back for that!

Also feel free to check out my new Facebook community page, “I Want A Hug From Mike Sweeney.”  You can join the group and add your own thoughts and photos.  Remember, real men hug. ;o)

 

Photo by Jenn Zambri Photography

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

 

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