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Howard’s 3rd Slam of the Year Propels Phillies

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The Nationals pitcher Shairon Martis is going to be seeing Ryan Howard in his nightmares for a long time to come.  Howard whacked his 3rd Grand Slam of the year tonight, which was his 2nd of the year off Martis.  Travelling 475 feet to right field, the ball reached the 3rd deck of the park.  And that followed a solo homer that Howard hit in his first at bat.  Howard is on fire and demolishing record after record; with 8 salami’s in his career, he now holds the Phillies career grand slam record, passing Mike Schmidt.

Cole Hamels is grateful, because tonight, he needed all the help he could get.  Hamels went 6 innings and struggled throughout, giving up 6 runs on 8 hits, one walk and one home run.  His control was off and against the last place team in the NL East, he looked a bit silly.  Could Hamels be worrying over the loss of Brett Myers?  Maybe Cole feels a great amount of pressure to perform now that the #2 pitcher is likely down for the year with hip surgery pending.  Or, maybe it was just a bad day.  We all have them sometimes.

But lucky for Hamels, the Phillies offense, most of which came from Howard, did some damage.  Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino each had 2 hits on the night and Chase Utley got hit by another pitch; the 3rd time this year he has been hit in the same foot and 11th time getting hit overall.  Utley leads the majors in getting hit by pitches.  Ouch! 

The Phillies also had 5 stolen bases tonight by 5 different players, which was a big help.  Brad Lidge came in for the save in the 9th and then the defense stepped up as well.  Rollins gobbled up a ball that was running away from him behind 2nd base; he flipped it to Utley who barehanded it and tossed to Howard for a very memorable double play.  Lidge struck out the next batter to end the game and the Phillies won, 9-6, putting them ½ game ahead of the Mets for first place :O)

Tomorrow afternoon at 1:35pm, the final game of the series will kick off and the Phillies will go for the sweep.  Jamie Moyer will be going for his 250th win yet again.  Could the 6th time be the charm?  I will let you know; I’ll be there and will report back with photos!

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Phils Start Off Series With A Win

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In his second start of the season, JA Happ performed well.  He had a 5-1 lead going into the 6th inning when, with 2 runners on base, he was pulled for Chad Durbin as his pitch count was mounting.  But Durbin did him no favors and allowed 2 runs to score.  Then Jayson Werth let a ball roll under his glove in right field, which allowed another run to score.  Suddenly, a comfy game got real tight, real fast.

The Phillies had a chance to score in the 7th when they loaded bases 1 out, but rookie John Mayberry struck out and Jimmy Rollins popped out to end the inning.  Shane Victorino led the 8th inning off with a single, his 4th hit of the game!  But then Chase Utley hit into a double play :O( 

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Ryan Howard
stepped up next and doubled and then Raul Ibanez walked; Ibanez was 2 for 4 with 2 RBI in the game so he did his job, like usual.  It will be a crime if this guy does not get to start the All-Star game because the mentally challenged are apparently voting for people like Manny Ramirez who is serving a 50 game suspension for steroid use.  At any rate, Werth stepped up to the plate with 2 men on and 2 outs and tried to atone for his costly error in the 6th; no such luck.  Werth grounded out.

So it was up to Brad Lidge to try to save the game which stood at 5-4.  Lidge has been anything but automatic this year, so a one run lead was no comfort to the fans watching as he strode to the mound.  As it turns out, Lidge had a mean slider working tonight and he sent the Nats down in order to squeak out the win.  Whew!  This is the first inning for Lidge in a long time where he got through it without any base runners.  Finally!

And just to update everyone on Brett Myers, it appears he will indeed have surgery on his right hip.  This will most likely end his season.  Myers is in a contract year so this could also affect his status as a Phillie.  That remains to be seen.  A player from the minors, to be named later, will be called up to fill in for at least one start and after that, who knows?  Stay tuned…

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The Phillies continue this 3-game series with the Nationals tomorrow at 7:05pm.  Cole Hamels will start the game.

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Myers May Have Surgery

Comcast Sportsnet reported today that Phillies pitcher Brett Myers may need to have surgery for a frayed labrum in his hip.  Translation:  We are SO screwed.  UGH!  In fact, when the news was announced, here is what happened:

The frog is obviously a Phillies fan.  Poor little guy.

Myers will get a second opinion, but either way, this is NOT good.  He has been the Phillies best starter next to Cole Hamels and even has 2 more wins than Hamels.  This constitutes a huge disaster for the Phillies who will now either have to pay a large price to replace Myers or go fishing in the farm system and cross their fingers.  Kyle Kendrick does not appear ready to return to the majors and Carlos Carrasco still needs work.  What should they do?  Here are a few suggestions:bad pitching.jpg

No?  Ok, back to the drawing board then.  I’ll let you know when I come up with the answer…I mean, besides actually having to pay someone Adam Eaton-type money.  What a thought…yikes!

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Home Struggles Continue

The Phillies have been road warriors this year, but the home stands have left a lot to be desired.  They dropped another home series today as they went down to the Marlins, 6-2.  Brett Myers was doing well through 5 innings and even had a hit in the game, but come the 6th inning, he ran into trouble.  Myers began to grimace after pitches and appeared to be having pain of some sort.  Charlie Manuel pulled him after 2 outs and Myers continued to look discomforted on the bench.  The official word is that he has right hip inflammation…hoping he will be alright!

So Myers struggled, but the offense also provided little remedy.  Carlos Ruiz and Matt Stairs each nailed solo shots and Ryan Howard had 2 hits in the game.  Then the Phillies attempted a rally in the 8th with a walk to Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino reaching on an error.  Chase Utley stepped in and missed a home run by about 6 inches; it was caught for out #2.  Major bummer :O(  Howard had the chance to play hero after that, but he went down swinging.  Another rally in the 9th failed as well; bases loaded, 2 outs and Rollins flied out to center.

shamrock_180x137.jpgThe green shamrock hats given away to fans tonight did not bring the Phillies luck either.  In fact, maybe it was the sea of green in the stands that sickened the players?  Or maybe it was just the Marlins pitching, which was on spot.  Plus former Phillies Wes Helms and Ronny Paulino had 6 hits in this 3 game series.  Depressing, no matter how you look at it.  Where was Helms’ bat when WE needed it?  Ugh.

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The Phillies get a day off tomorrow and then the Nats come to town; we hope they can cure the at-home blues!

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Blanton Knocks Out Marlins

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Joe Blanton had a great turn around to his season tonight as he shut out the Marlins through 7 innings of 5 hit ball.  Blanton did his best Rocky impersonation and punched out 11 Fish; the 11 strikeouts mark a career high for Blanton in one game.  After the game, Blanton was quoted as saying, “Yo Adrian!  I did it!”   Ok, not really… ;O)

Ryan Madson pitched the 8th and did his usual; no hits, no runs.  Chad Durbin, on the other hand, came in for the 9th with a 5-0 lead and began to unravel.  After the 1st out, Durbin gave up a walk, a hit and another walk.  Scott Eyre was called in to clean up the mess but Ryan Howard committed his first error of the season on a ground ball that he threw into left field instead of to Jimmy Rollins; 2 runs scored.  Yikes!   

Brad Lidge then got the call to save the game and we all took a deep breath and swallowed a bottle of Tums.  Lidge walked the first batter he faced to re-load the bases.  Feeling ill, I quickly laid my head down on a pillow and prayed for mercy.  The next batter grounded out, but another run scored.  2 outs and the score was then 5-3.  Dizzy…SO dizzy…please make the room stop spinning!  Could Lidge finally get out of an inning without blowing a save and making me lose my dinner?  YES!  He struck out former teammate Wes Helms and relief washed over me like rainbows and sunshine :O)  Ahhhhhh!

Relief also found Shane Victorino today, who made amends for his base running gaffe in the 9th last night, where he was picked off trying to steal with Matt Stairs poised to try to tie the game up.  Tonight, Victorino went 4 for 5 with an RBI and all is right with the world again. 

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Pedro Feliz
continues to rack up the hits with runners in scoring position, adding 2 more hits and 2 RBI to his totals.  If Blanton was Rocky Balboa tonight, Feliz was Oscar De La Hoya.  Nice.

The Florida series is now ties 1 game apiece; game 3 will kick off tomorrow at 7:05pm with Brett Myers pitching.

In All-Star voting news, Chase Utley is in the lead for 2nd basemen in the NL again; Howard and Rollins are in 3rd place at their positions.  Raul Ibanez, who is VERY deserving, is in 6th place among outfielders – only the top 3 outfielders get to start the game so keep VOTING !!!  You can VOTE up to 25 times per day, per email address!

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Phillies Love New Yankee Stadium

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Jimmy Rollins and Derek Jeter met again for the first time since sharing shortstop duties for Team USA this spring; Rollins greeted Jeter and company with a home run on the first pitch of the ballgame tonight.  In all, the Phillies walked away with 4 home runs in the game and 6 of their 7 runs scored on those blasts.  Jeter and 2 other Yankees also homered in the game, but all were solo shots.  Looks like the Phillies are loving this new Yankee Stadium.

Brett Myers especially was feeling the love tonight; he pitched a one run ballgame up until the 8th inning when 2 more homers gave the Yankees a bit of life.  Myers baffled the Yanks who walked somberly away from the plate while glancing back in awe and surprise at the Phillies pitcher.  Myers allowed those 3 solo home runs, 8 hits, had 7 strikeouts and did not walk anyone.  All this in a full 8 innings of work gave him the 7-3 win. 

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AJ Burnett
of the Yankees, on the other hand, had a rough night trying to stave off the Phils big bats.  Annoyed at the first pitch home run to Rollins, Burnett proceeded to plunk Chase Utley with a pitch immediately afterwards.  Myers, sticking up for his teammate, threw behind Jeter in the Yanks next at-bat and warnings from the umpire ensued.  The warnings had no effect on the game from that point and these 2 teams just went at it like scheduled. 


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Carlos Ruiz
had a big night for the Phillies with 3 hits, 2 RBI on a home run and he even stole a base.  Ruiz gave us all a scare though in his last at-bat when he showed some discomfort after a swing, but he continued playing and appears to be ok.  After the oblique injury he suffered earlier this year, it was a tense moment seeing him cringe.  For now though, all is well.

JA Happ will get his first start of the season tomorrow in the 4:10pm start in New York.  After that, Cole Hamels will take the ball on Sunday afternoon and I will be there to cheer on…well….everybody I guess!  I will get see my dream World Series match-up as well as a much heralded new stadium.  Cannot wait to go!  I was able to find an affordable ticket after much effort, but am not sure about the view I will have.  Fingers crossed!  I will be back with photos :O)

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Phillies Clean-Up In Cincy

After a non-existent offense last night, the Phillies cleaned up their act today and scored big in a 12-5 win over the Reds to cap off the series win.  Raul Ibanez continued his All-Star bid by whacking home run #15 and now has 40 RBI on the year, which leads the league. 


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cleaned-up as well, swiping stolen base #300 for his career.  Rollins has woken up of late and brought his batting average up .034 points to .234 since the start of the Nationals series last week.  He had 4 hits today alone.  And Chase Utley is still on tear; he was just a triple short of the cycle today with 3 hits and 4 RBI.

4 home runs in the game helped, including homers from Utley, Ibanez, Ryan Howard and Greg Dobbs, getting a rare start.  Dobbs had a base running blunder early in the game when he was picked off 1st base as he somehow mistook the first baseman’s ankle for the base.  Whoops!  But all was forgiven when he nailed the solo shot in the 3rd.

Joe Blanton pitched well for 4 innings, but fell apart in the 5th and gave up 5 runs.  If he could just duplicate the first 4 innings for say 6 or 7 innings, that would be great.  Obviously, he still has work to do, but those 4 innings were a step in the right direction.  The bullpen, including Chan Ho Park in his first Phillies relief appearance since losing the starting job, held down the Reds for 4 more innings.  Park was a bit shaky and had 2 base runners, but he settled in and got out of the jam.  Everyone is hoping he can turn his season around by given the Phillies some solid innings out of the pen.

It is now on to New York to face the Yankees for a 3-game Memorial Day weekend series.  Tomorrow night, Brett Myers will face AJ Burnett in what should be quite a showdown with the run the Yankees have been on lately.  The Phillies have won 6 of their last 7 games and the Yanks are on an 8-game win streak.  Add a brand new stadium into the mix and this should be a good one.  My 2 favorite teams going at it – always a treat!

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World Champs Go To The White House

In case you missed it yesterday, here is the “official” White House video of President Obama addressing the World Champion Philadelphia Phillies:

The President is a true class act.  He acknowledged players by name and had all his facts straight.  Super impressive!  Congrats again to the Phillies for a great year and a fun visit to the White House!

By the way, Brett Myers started Game 1 of today’s doubleheader – Phils are ahead 5-1; Andrew Carpenter was called up from AAA to pitch the 2nd game and Miguel Cairo was sent down to make room.

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A Very Long Night

Are you still awake out there?  It was a long game tonight; the Phillies tried to repeat last night’s nightmare of tying up the game, only to blow it, but JA Happ and a little offense bailed them out.  In fact, it took 12 innings and four and a half hours, but the Phillies squeaked one out, winning 10-6 over the Nationals.

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Carlos Ruiz
had a rough start this year with an oblique injury, but he has certainly found his way back.  In the last week, he has been a hitting machine!  With 7 hits and 5 walks in his last 3 games, Ruiz is the bright light in what has been a dim offense of late.  Today he racked up 2 more RBI for the Phils.

Raul Ibanez has also had 7 hits in the last 3 games; the biggest one came in the 12th today when he singled and 2 runs scored, putting the Phillies in the lead.  Between him, Ruiz and Pedro Feliz, who was 4 for 5 today with 2 RBI, the bottom part of the line-up has held up their end of the bargain.  The top half is coming around slowly; Shane Victorino had a 2 hit night and Ryan Howard, although he looked awkward at the plate most of the night, did knock in 3 runs with a homer in the 7th.

The pitching, as usual, has not been great.  JA Happ was supposed to get his first start of the season tomorrow, but the Phillies were forced to use him in relief tonight after Brad Lidge blew the save.  doghouse Blanton Lidge.jpgHowever, with as well as Happ has pitched, one has to wonder which starting pitcher is going to be in the dog house?  Joe Blanton did nothing tonight to keep his job; he struggled to get through 5 innings, giving up 4 runs on 5 hits and SIX walks, including a run walked in with the bases loaded.  Jamie Moyer may have to watch his back as well, although his experience gives him an edge over Blanton.  But Moyer’s 8.15 ERA also has the dog’s barking.  Chan Ho Park is hanging in there with 2 good starts in a row, but questions are still floating around about his ability to keep up the pace after a very bad start to the year.

Joining Blanton in the doghouse tonight is Lidge who, as I mentioned, blew his second save of the year tonight.  2 hits and 2 runs in one inning now balloons his ERA to a disgusting 9.19.  What in the world is wrong with Lidge?  Well, I hope he likes doggy chow…

As for Happ, after 2 scoreless innings tonight, he is set up to replace Blanton in the rotation as that spot comes up again in 5 days; will that actually happen?  No official word yet.  And who will pitch in the double-header tomorrow?  Brett Myers is scheduled for game 1 at 1:05pm.  The 7:05pm game starter is yet unknown.  Stay tuned…

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Myers Goes Medieval; Phils Still Lose

Yes, Brett Myers was determined to take down the Braves – literally.  Braves players and even their bats were strewn all over the field as a result of Myers’ penchant for Medieval  warrior-type violence:051009a.jpg

The first guy was hit near the head; the second, the Braves pitcher, attempted to dodge a wicked and way inside ball and wound up fouling it off…into his own face.  Both batters were fine, but Myers left his mark.    Six innings pitched and only one run given up led Myers to his best start of the season.  But alas, the offense sputtered again and still no win for the much-deserving Myers.

In fact, the only real offense of the day came from the two big men; Ryan Howard had 2 doubles and scored the only 2 runs for the Phillies.  And Matt Stairs, in a rare start, went 2 for 2 with 2 walks and 1 RBI.  The big problem is that the top of the line-up is not hitting.  They are doing WAY too much of this:

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Swinging at pitches clearly out of the zone.  Does anyone in this line-up remember how to work a count?  Can someone please tell Jimmy Rollins to stop popping the ball up?  And then tell Pedro Feliz he is NOT allowed to swing at the first pitch – ever.

And how many men exactly does it take to catch a pop-up?  Let’s see…

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These guys just seem to be forgetting how to communicate, on all sides of the ball.  Yes, they caught the balls, but this is just another example of how this team is not clicking.

Still, the Phillies may have won the game had Jack Taschner not given up the lead in the 7th.  He loaded the bases and then gave up 2 runs.  But Taschner is sporadic like that; once in a while, he gets lucky and comes away clean; then there are the days when it all goes wrong.  Charlie Manuel should know this; he was the same way with the Giants too.  So, in a 1 run ballgame where you need to keep the lead, why is Taschner sent in?  He serves his purpose on occasion, but he is certainly NOT your go to guy in tight situations.

So the Phillies go on to lose the game, 4-2, dropping 2 out of 3 to the Braves in pathetic fashion.  And if that were not bad enough, Jayson Werth did not get to have his very exciting “blanket” day!  The manufacturer messed up the design for the Mother’s Day giveaway and we all got coupons instead to pick up the blanket at the end of July! 

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What a major Mother’s Day bummer. :O(  And poor Scott Eyre – his whole family came out for the Mother’s Day celebration and he didn’t even get to pitch!  The photo to the right shows Scott holding his daughter with his mom and wife.  Will have more photos of that later…

The Phillies will get tomorrow off to reflect on their lack-luster play of late.  Then on Tuesday, the Manny-less Dodgers come to town.

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Here is the full Photo Album from today’s game as promised.  Hope you enjoy them!  Now, have a Happy Mother’s Day!

Photos by Jenn

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