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Hamels Disappears Along With The Bats

Prince Fielder of the Brewers played magician today and made Cole Hamels disappear; Fielder nailed him with a line-drive in his pitching arm, just below the shoulder in the 4th inning.  Hamels left the game having given up 2 runs on a Ryan Braun homer, but he also struck out 6 batters and was really on his game for the first time this year.  No word yet on how this injury will affect him.

JA Happ came in for Hamels to get the Phillies out of the inning, but then allowed 3 runs in the 5th on a Fielder bases-clearing double.  Ryan Howard could have saved the Phillies that heartache, but he dropped a sure double play ball that would have ended the 5th before the damage was done.  No matter though; the Phillies only scored 1 run on a Matt Stairs homer that broke up Dave Bush’s no-hitter in the 8th.  The Phillies lost the game 6-1 and had only 2 hits on the day.

So, where, or where, have the Phillies bats gone?  Perhaps they are hiding in Fielder’s huge, baggy pants?  Is he going to pull a rabbit out of that uniform too?  And where is the Phanatic with his new magic act to make the bats reappear?  I do hope they find them soon.magic.jpg

Break Out The Calendar

The April 20 Phillies vs. San Diego Padres rain-out has been rescheduled for 7:05 p.m. on Thursday, July 23.  Anyone holding tickets for the 4/20 game can use those tickets for the rescheduled game on July 23 at Citizens Bank Park.  Dollar Dog Night has also been rescheduled for the new game date.

The Phillies vs. Washington Nationals rain-out in Washington on Wednesday, April 15 has been rescheduled for 1:05 p.m. on Saturday, May 16 as part of a split doubleheader.  And just to clarify for those unfamiliar with a “split” doubleheader:  If you have tickets for 4/15, you can use them for the 1:05pm game on 5/16; after that game ends, you will have to leave and need a separate ticket for the 7:05pm game.  Both games are not included.  Bummer, I know.


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All-Star Balloting Continues
 

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The Phillies will travel to Miami tonight to start a 3-game series with the red-hot Florida Marlins tomorrow.  Game time is 7:10pm with Brett Myers on the mound.

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Brewers Hypnotize Phillies


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A total 360 from yesterday’s game, the Phillies offense appeared to be hypnotized by the Brewers pitching.  They did manage 8 hits, but they came at the wrong times and 3 of those were in the 9th inning, including a Jayson Werth home run; the only score of the day for the Phils.

Joe Blanton pitched 6 innings and gave up 3 runs, much the same as he did against the Nats last week, but again, did not get any run support.  The bullpen, which today included Chad Durbin, Clay Condrey, Scott Eyre and Ryan Madson, finally looked on-target as well.  But those of us looking for any excitement in the hitting department may as well have slept though the first 8 innings; and why not?  The Phillies did. :O)

But enough about that snooze fest, let’s move on to All-Star voting, which began today.  You can help make Chase Utley the first Phil since Mike Schmidt to go to the All-Star game 4 years in a row!  Just keep on VOTING!  And vote for all the other Phillies, too!  I will attempt to remember to post a link to the All-Star Ballot each day; you have no excuse not to vote!  Even my pet chinchilla can do it…see!  DSCF1657.JPGGizmo is a very talented rodent; his favorite computer part is the mouse :O)  Gizmo has vowed to vote 25 times per day, the maximum daily vote per email address or odd household pet.  Please help him in his quest; after all, he is just a little guy.  Don’t make him feel like a hamster on a wheel, working all by himself!  Gizmo really hates the hamster reference because he is a WAY cooler, and cuter, fluffy rodent.

And it has now become apparent that I am seriously lacking in the quality sleep department…  That explains the Phillies lack of production today!  They knew I needed a nap…hey, thanks guys!  I promise to get some shut-eye tonight so tomorrow, you can get back to work.  Game time is 1:05pm…don’t sleep in too late!

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Phils Drown the Brew Crew

What began as a beautiful day for baseball last night, ended with a soggy, windy chill in the air, but a big win for the Phillies.  The Brewers sunk under the weight of the Phillies bats.  The 11-4 win included a 1 hour and 18 minute rain delay in the 7th inning when the heavens opened up and dumped buckets of water upon us, plus thunder and lightning.  But not even Mother Nature could keep the Phillies down on this day.

Jamie Moyer pitched a good game and had trouble only with Ryan Braun, who he has yet to figure out.  Braun was 5 for 5 in the game with all 4 RBI’s for the Brewers and 2 home runs off Moyer.  Aside from Braun though, Jamie sailed through the game in which he lasted 6 innings giving up those 4 runs on 7 hits and 1 walk.  Moyer even scored a run after drawing a walk in the 5th inning.042109a.jpg

The offense tore up the Brewers pitching, with everyone except Moyer and Ryan Howard getting a hit, although each drew a walk.  Pedro Feliz led the charge with 3 hits, including a solo homer and 3 RBI total on the day.  He appears to be fully recovered after the off-season back surgery.  As does Chase Utley, after his hip surgery; Utley drew 3 walks in the game, had 1 hit, 1 RBI and scored a run.

In other injury news, Carlos Ruiz is said to be doing well after an oblique strain and hopes to return sometime next week.  No need to rush though, as Chris Coste and Lou Marson have done a great job filling in behind the plate.  Coste had 2 doubles last night, both of which came with 2 outs in the inning.  Ruiz needs to make sure he is healthy before coming back as the oblique is an easy area to re-injury if you are not careful.

Speaking of Marson, I snagged a ball that he hit over the outfield wall during batting practice; not only did he almost tear the cover off it, but the once round ball now looks like an egg.  It is actually slightly oblong now.  I’ll try to get a picture of it later and add it to the Photo Album from the game.  In the meantime, here are a few more shots from the game; Jayson Werth batting, Utley running and Raul Ibanez with a pop-up slide into home:

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Joe Blanton will tow the rubber tonight in Game 2 against the Brewers.  First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm.

 

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Rainy Days & Mondays


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The Monday night game against the Padres has been postponed due to Mother Nature.  With everything that has happened to the Phillies in the first 2 weeks of the season, it makes you wonder, what is it all about?  The World Series celebration continuing, getting the rings, the passing of our friend Harry Kalas, and so far, two games rained out; is this an omen of sorts?  Could it be one huge set-up for a repeat victory?  Or maybe just a sign that this is going to be a very long, sad season?  Time will tell…

Hoping to see life return to normal for the Phillies, there is a new series set to begin tomorrow night against the Brewers.  The pitching will all get bumped back a day so Jamie Moyer will start tomorrow at 7:05pm, barring any more weather related incidents.  If you are going to the game, like I am, be forewarned; the Flyers will be playing across the street at the Wachovia center and parking will be a nightmare!  Get there early!

Dr.jpgSpeaking of Mr. Moyer, The Philadelphia Daily News reported today that Jamie will be dubbed Dr. Moyer on April 30th.  Saint Joseph’s University is giving him and his wife, Karen both honorary doctorates; specifically, they will each receive a degree as a Doctor of Public Service for their charitable work with the Jamie Moyer Foundation.  Jamie graduated from St. Joe’s in 1985 and is a 1999 inductee in their athletic Hall of Fame.  Now when he has a bad game he can just tell Charlie Manuel, Damn it Chuck, I am a doctor, not a pitcher!”

Now, just think how much more fun that quote would have been if Jim Fregosi was still our manager?  Oh well, we do love our Charlie :O)

 

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Best Moments of the 2008 World Champs!

In chronological order, here are my Best Moments of the 2008 season for our World Champion Philadelphia Phillies:

·         April 17 – 21:  Chase Utley goes on his first of two 5 game home run hitting streaks, hitting 6 homers in 5 games and earning the National League’s Player of the Month Award for April.

·         Jayson Werth hits 3 home runs in one game on 5/16/08 vs. Toronto, tying a Phillies record with a career-high 8 RBI in one game.

·         Phillies score 35 total runs between two games from 5/25-5/26.  They beat the Astros 15-6 and then followed it up with a win over the Rockies by a score of 20-5.

·         5/28 – 6/2:  Chase Utley goes on another 5 game home run hitting streak and he also hits 7 homers total in 8 games (5/25-6/2).  Utley won the National League Player of the Week Award during this run.

·         Phillies send 2 players to the All-Star Game in mid-July:  Chase Utley and Brad Lidge.

·         After a bad start to the season, Brett Myers returns from a voluntary stint in the minor leagues on 7/23/08.  He goes 8-4 with a 3.06 ERA for the rest of the regular season after getting off to a 3-9 start with a 5.84 ERA.

·         Greg Dobbs sets the all-time Phillies single season pinch hit record on 7/26/08 with 21 total pinch hits.  The last person to do it was Doc Miller in 1913, almost a century ago.

·         After being swept by the LA Dodgers in a four game series in early August, the Phillies come back and return the favor later that month.  They sweep the Dodgers in their four game series at home in Philly.

·         Phillies Complete a Road Season Series Sweep of the Braves in Atlanta on 9/18/08.

·         Phillies win the NL East, ending the game on an amazing double play to preserve the save for Brad Lidge.  Jimmy Rollins makes a diving grab for the ball, flips to Chase Utley and then Utley completes the throw to Ryan Howard at first base to end the game.

·         Ryan Howard becomes the first Phillie ever with 3 consecutive 40 home run seasons.  Howard is also now the 3rd player ever for the Phillies to have at least 120 RBI’s in one season; the last time it happened was 1933.

·         Shane Victorino hit the first Grand Slam in Phillies post-season history during Game 2 of the NLDS on 10/2/08 against CC Sabathia of the Brewers.

·         Brett Myers’ batting performance in the same game, Game 2 of the NLDS, against CC Sabathia of the Brewers – Myers went 1 for 2 and also had a key 9-pitch walk in the 2nd inning to help set up the Victorino Grand Slam.

·         10/15/08:  Phillies beat the LA Dodgers 4 games to 1 in the NLCS behind the rocket arm of series MVP, Cole Hamels.  They clinch their 6th opportunity ever in franchise history to compete in the World Series.

·         Jamie Moyer pitches Game 3 of the World Series on 10/25/08 while sick with the stomach flu.  His wife says he was up all night getting sick and sweating through a fever.  Despite this, he pitches 6 1/3 innings of 3 run ball.  The Phillies go on to win the game.

·         Brad Lidge gets the final out, striking out Eric Hinske of the Rays, to clinch the 2008 World Championship!  He goes 48 for 48 in save opportunities this year.  And all this came after injuring his knee on the very first pitch he threw in Spring Training. Lidge comes back from surgery and has the perfect season.

·         And my #1 moment:  Phillies win the World Series and become “World F*#@ Champions!”  Well spoken, Mr. Utley. J

So that’s a wrap!  Please add any of your favorite moments in the comments section below to share with everyone.  Phillies are World Champions!!!!!!!!!!  Celebrate!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Phillies Will Go To The National League Championship Series!


PA010420 crowd.jpgAnd the fans go wild!!!  Today marks the Phillies first post-season series win since the 1993 team.  They beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-2.  Jimmy Rollins got the game started off on the right note by slamming a lead-off home run over the right field wall to silence the Milwaukee crowd.  But the big bangs in the game came off the bat of Pat Burrell who hit a 3-run homer in the 3rd inning and a solo homer in the 8th.  Burrell wound up going 3 for 4 with 4 RBI and 2 runs scored.  These were Burrell’s first hits in this 4 game series.  Greg Dobbs also did not disappoint as he was given the start over Pedro Feliz.  Dobbs had 2 hits in 3 at bats and did his job on defense.  Jayson Werth also had one hit and one RBI in the game and he continues to be a solid, everyday player.


P8207965 Blanton.jpgWhat really kept the Phillies in the game today was starter Joe Blanton, who was outstanding; he has finally lived up to his hyped reputation.  Blanton gave the Phillies 6 solid innings, allowing only 5 hits and one run that came off a home run from Prince Fielder in the 7th before Blanton was pulled.  He pitched to contact and also had 7 strikeouts.  The Brewers threw the kitchen sink at him, even going so far as to have starting pitcher CC Sabathia pinch hit in the 3rd inning.  Blanton responded and struck out Sabathia.  In fact, Blanton handled their entire line-up well and never looked rattled.  The bullpen did their job, allowing only 1 more run which was charged to Ryan Madson.  Brad Lidge pitched the 9th in a non-save situation and did not disappoint.  He sent the Brewers into the off-season on 16 pitches.

As you may be aware, the Phillies will face the LA Dodgers in the NLCS which will start on Thursday, October 9th.  For now, the Phillies have 3 days to rest and prepare for the challenge ahead.  All I can say now is….yeah!!!!!!!!  Go Phillies!

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Phillies Gag On The Milwaukee Brew

Sorry Phillies fans…you can put away the brooms.  Never mind a sweep…this was a game full of missed opportunities tonight for the Phillies.  Perhaps they were all indulging in that famous Milwaukee brew before the game?  The offense certainly looked drunk at the plate and the umpiring was equally horrid.  The Phillies had the lead-off hitter get on base 4 innings in a row, from the 3rd through the 6th, and only came away with one run in the 6th.  Many hitters looked anxious and swung too many times at first pitches and pitches out of the zone. 

Jamie Moyer had a rough day as the home plate umpire did not give him any consistency and was calling balls and strikes seemingly depending on his mood.  The strike zone was all over the place; an environment which does not favor Moyer’s pitching style, or anyone else’s for that matter.  In fact, I would go as far as to say that the umpire was so bad, it looked like he was paid off by Bud Selig
Bud Selig.jpg the MLB Commissioner who is also the previous OWNER of the Brewers and native of Milwaukee; Selig just happened to be in attendance tonight.  Oh, and by the way, the MLB Commissioner essentially signs these guys pay checks.  Hmmm…Food for thought.  Anyway, Moyer lasted only 4 innings, giving up 2 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks.  By the end of the 4th, Moyer had thrown 90 pitches.  Clay Condrey was put in as relief in the 5th and also struggled.  He gave up one run on 2 walks and a hit.  Chad Durbin and Scott Eyre combined for a scoreless, although adventurous, 6th inning, but Eyre came back in for the 7th and gave up a run. 

The only Phillies who appeared slightly interested in winning this game were Ryan Howard, Shane Victorino and Jayson Werth.  Werth was great in the field, even gunning down Corey Hart at first base as Hart singled but wandered too far off the bag.  At the plate, he was 2 for 4 and scored a run.  Howard had the only RBI in the game and Victorino showed his usual hustle.  The rest of the group did not make productive outs, they did not swing at good pitches and in all, they left 7 men on base.  The only positive I can see is that maybe, after having their collective butts kicked tonight, this will be a wake-up call for the team, especially the offense.  They did win the first 2 games, but scored in only one inning in each of those wins.  This has not been the explosion of offense that we all know this team is capable of.  Werth, Victorino and Howard have been carrying these guys this last month and it is about time that everyone else pitched in.

The Phillies attempted a rally in the ninth, but Pedro Feliz hit into a double play with the bases loaded and no outs.  Ryan Howard scored on the play.  But then, the Brewers manager came out to complain that Victorino didn’t slide into second base and the umpires then took the run away and sent Howard back to 3rd!  Then Carlos Ruiz proceeds to ground out for the last out of the game.  So, let me just understand this – if you complain, you get a call in your favor that was NOT originally called by the umpires?  Wow.  That decision has to come from the ump immediately after the play; not just because a manager complained that it was not called.  Not to mention, Shane DID attempt to get out of the way of the fielder – he did not interfere.  According to the rules, all the runner has to do is attempt to get out of the way.  You are not required to slide.  That was a horrible call either way.  Between this and the home plate ump’s strike zone, this was the worst umpired playoff game I have ever seen.

This 4-1 loss leaves the series record at 2-1 in favor of the Phillies, but they need to take care of business tomorrow.  As much as I like attending playoff games, I’d rather not have to see the Brewers force a Game 5.  Tomorrow’s game is at 1:07pm and I assume we will be starting Joe Blanton, although no official announcement has been made as of yet.  These guys had better stay off the sauce and get back to form!  The NLCS awaits them…all they have to do is perform to their abilities.  I will be biting my nails along with all of you tomorrow afternoon.  Go Phillies!

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Audio & Video Phillies NLDS Playoff Highlights

 Here is an audio clip from yesterday’s 10/2/08 win over the Brewers.  What you will hear is the end of the game right after the last out is recorded by Shane Victorino.  Note:  there is at least one cuss word by a fan on this…I don’t care, but thought it only fair to warn you.  You should also hear fireworks, the bell ringing, stadium music, etc…  Just something for fun for those who were not there!  You can download it here:

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And here are a few short video clips put together from the 10/01/08 Phillies Playoff Rally.  You will see a TV broadcast of Pat Gillick and then Jamie Moyer addressing the crowd, then a short part of Harry Kalas singing “High Hopes.”  I used a very small digital camera on “movie” mode and it only lets me record about 15 seconds at a time, so that is why it is broken into small parts.  Still, you will get the highlights!

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Phillies Sink Sabathia

Brett Myers was amazing in his post-season appearance; both while pitching and at the plate.  He pitched 7 innings and gave up only 2 runs on 2 hits and 3 walks.  His first inning was very shaky again, but he escaped with only 1 run scoring.  And at the plate, he drew a walk off of CC Sabathia with 2 outs in the second…it was a NINE pitch at bat as Myers kept fouling them off and made Sabathia work.  Myers also had a hit in the 5th also with 2 outs, which loaded the bases.  Sadly, Jimmy Rollins lined out and ended the inning, but the Phillies we ahead at that point 5-1, thanks to Shane Victorino.

Victorino whacked the very first post-season Grand Slam in Phillies history with 2 outs in the 2nd inning, after Myers drew the walk and Rollins also walked.  It was also Shane’s first career Salami and in front of the largest crowd in CBP history – 46,208 fans! People were so happy, they were hugging and high-fiving complete strangers!  I know because I was attacked by multiple drunken males who were a tad over-zealous.  But who could blame them, really?  So at that point, Sabathia was in shock.  In fact, as far as the Brewers were concerned tonight, here is a list describing their evening:  You know you are having a bad day when…

·         The entire crowd of 46,208 fans are screaming your name, and it is not because they are showin’ you the love (CC Sabathia; chants of “CC, CC, CC…”).

·         You walk the opposing pitcher and he eventually scores on a Grand Slam.  The Slam came after you were ahead of the batter by a count of 1-2.

·         That same pitcher is so comfy at the plate, he gets a hit later in the game.

·         You walk Shane Victorino intentionally to bring up Chase Utley, and then proceed to unintentionally walk Utley.

·         Your first baseman is more concerned with the hot dog wrapper blowing around the field than he is in fielding his position (Prince Fielder chased down a wind-blown wrapper and after multiple attempts, finally stepped on it, picked it up and put it in his pocket!  There was a man on first base at the time.)

·         You have 98 pitches after only 3 2/3 innings.

·         You are sweating profusely while it is a chilly 61 degrees, dark and cloudy outside.

·         The Sausage Racers are more productive than your offense.

·         On your way back to the dugout, after being pulled from the game, you ask a Phillies fan to borrow a Rally Towel so you can cry into it.

And on that note, here are some fun photos from the game:  Top row – Myers fouls off another pitch; Sabathia prays for the 2nd inning to be over.  Bottom 3 – The Phanatic beats up a fan for stealing his foul ball; J-Roll gets caught stealing 2nd; Victorino hits a Grand Slam.
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The Phanatic tackles the Milwaukee Sausages; Brett Myers watches the attack and is shocked!
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Brad “Lights Out” Lidge gets the job done right!; Rollins and Pedro Feliz are about to collide while chasing a foul pop-up…all is well though; no one was hurt & Feliz caught the ball.
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And on the 3rd day, they rested…  Well, actually, they will be travelling to Milwaukee.  Game 3 will be Saturday at 6:30pm on TBS; Jamie Moyer gets the start.  Go Phillies!

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Playoff Starters Set

The starting pitchers for the first 3 playoff games will be Cole Hamels, Brett Myers and Jamie Moyer, in that order.  Tomorrows’ game time is 3:00pm in Philly; Thursday, 10/2 will be at 6pm, also in Philly and Saturday, 10/4 is at 6:30pm in Milwaukee.  If necessary, game 4 will be on Sunday, 10/5 in Milwaukee and game 5 would be Tuesday, 10/7 back in Philly.  And in other news, Ryan Howard has been named Player of the Month for September.  No surprise there…he was dominant all month.  Howard hit .352 and had 11 homers; this is his 3rd Player of the Month honor.  Congrats to Ryan!


P4208362 Hamels.jpgAs for tomorrow, I imagine Hamels will give us a quality start.  It seems his only goal in life is to win awards; oh, and occasionally annoy the media with his whining.  So, this is exactly the set-up he has been waiting for.  No worries about Moyer, which leaves the only question mark being Myers.  He was fantastic when he came back from the minors, but his last 2 starts have been horrendous.  He gave up 14 runs combined in those 2 games in only 8 1/3 innings combined.  Hopefully, the extra rest this week will get him back in top shape to get the job done.  He has to face Cy Young candidate, CC Sabathia on Thursday so the Phillies really need the Brett Myers of 3 games ago to show up.  Incidentally, 3 games ago was a complete game, 2 hitter against the very same team – The Brewers.  Now THAT is what we need to see.

The Brewers added fuel to the Phillies fire yesterday during their playoff rally when one teammate yelled out to the crowd, “We’re gonna go to Philadelphia and kick some butt!”  Even Jimmy Rollins is not bold enough to make such comments, and we all know how he loves to create a controversy.

Speaking of rallies, before tomorrow’s game, there will be a Phillies rally (originally scheduled for today) at 12pm on Citizens Bank Way, which is the west side of the ballpark.  I will be there and also at the game to bring you coverage from the first 2008 Phillies playoff game!  Go Phillies!

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