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The Phillies Are Down, But Not Out

Despite having two of their best players sent to the DL today in Chase Utley and Placido Polanco, the Phillies still came out swinging against the Reds.  More importantly, it was the back-up players who made the biggest impact on the game.  This gives Phillies fans hope that even with 7 players on the DL, they can still produce.

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At the very bottom of the line-up, both Brian Schneider and Wilson Valdez hit 3-run homers in the 9-6 win over the Reds.  Schneider went above and beyond, with three hits in the game and scored on the Valdez homer.  The homer by Valdez was his 3rd of the year and only his 4th since 2004.

Joe Blanton kept the Phillies in the game, allowing just one run until the dreaded 6th inning.  That has been his Achilles heel all year long.  With 2 outs in the 6th, Blanton gave up a single, a walk and then a 2-run double.  He did finish with 7 2/3 innings allowing just those 3 runs, so this is progress for Blanton. 

But leave it Brad Lidge to try and throw away all that hard work and momentum for the Phils.  With two outs in the 9th and a 3-run lead, Lidge gave up a walk, a single and then a 3-run homer to Joey Votto to tie the game and send it to extra innings.  It was his 2nd blown save of the year in 7 opportunities.

So the depleted Phillies offense would have to rally yet again, and they did.  In the 10th they faced Arthur Rhodes, a former Phillie, who had not allowed a run in 33 consecutive innings this year.  Ryan Howard doubled, Jayson Werth walked and then Raul Ibanez stepped to the plate. 

The home plate ump had a moving strike zone all night long and when a low 0-1 pitch was called a strike on Ibanez, manager Charlie Manuel finally lost his mind.  He jumped out of the dugout and ripped CB Bucknor a new one, getting him tossed out of the game.  But the managerial fireworks sparked the Phils in a big way.  Ibanez took the very next pitch to center for an RBI double.  Ben Francisco, another bench player, hit a single to score Werth and then Valdez struck again with a bunt that scored Ibanez.

And just like that, the 3-run lead that Lidge blew was back with a 9-6 score.  JC Romero was called on for the second save attempt and got the job done without issue.  Thank goodness for JC!  You are my hero :O)  Please tell Lidge that he owes you, big time.

The Phillies will play the Reds again tomorrow with a quick turnaround at 12:35pm.  Roy Halladay will pitch and try to sneak the Phils out of town with a series win.

More Injury News

To replace Utley and Polanco, Greg Dobbs was brought back and is clearly still having issues.  He had only 2 hits in 17 at-bats during his short time in AAA and went hitless tonight in 3 attempts.  Brian Bocock was also added to the roster.  At AAA this year, Bocock hit only .177 in 209 at-bats so I cannot imagine he brings much to the table either.  But at this point, beggars cannot be choosers.  The options are limited.

The Phillies are going to have to rely on their bench players if they are going to contend.  They did it in 2007 as Tadahito Iguchi and others filled in admirably for players who went down, like Utley who got hit with a pitch, breaking his hand.  Can they do it again in 2010?  We shall see.

 

Photo by Jenn Zambri Photography

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Lidge Blows Game After 9th Inning Comeback

The Phillies pulled off an amazing 9th inning comeback against the lowly Pirates tonight, only to have Brad Lidge blow the save…again.  Joe Blanton started the game and did not have a fun day pitching either.  The home plate umpire, CB Bucknor was having a senior moment on the mound, except that the “moment” lasted all game long.  He simply could not remember where the strike zone was.  Originally titled “Ode to Forgetfulness,” I have renamed this video “Ode to a Senile Umpire:”

Consistency in umpiring is a rare feat these days.  So poor Joe had a 2-1 lead going into the 6th inning; just when he thought he had a strikeout to end the inning, Bucknor issued a walk.  The next batter knocked one out of the park off a visibly frustrated Blanton.  Upon returning to the dugout, Blanton exacted his revenge on an innocent water bottle which was sent soaring through the dugout and eventually ricocheted out onto the field.  Blanton ended his outing with 3 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks over 6 innings.P7058227 Blanton.jpg

But Blanton had the right to be angry as the Phillies offense did him no favors; the lack of run support for the big righty is becoming a habit.  In fact, Jimmy Rollins was the entire offense for much of the game.  Rollins saw exactly two pitches in his first two at bats and both of them left the ballpark over the right field wall.  Rollins received a sarcastic cheer in his third at bat when he actually took a pitch.

Matt Stairs started the game in place of Jayson Werth in order to get some work, but Stairs has not had a hit since July 11th.  24 at-bats later and he still does not have a hit.  Of course, Werth pinch hit in the 8th and struck out with a man on third, so that was no help anyway.  The Phillies left several men on third base throughout the game, including that inning.  Scoring is the name of the game and that just did not happen tonight.

That is, not until the 9th inning…Carlos Ruiz and Ben Francisco hit back-to-back double to tie up the game at 3-3.  Then Shane Victorino tripled to score Francisco and give the Phillies a 4-3 lead!  But leave it to Brad Lidge to ruin the moment.  Lidge gave up a single, the runner advanced to second on a passed ball and then the next batter hit a long single to Werth who bobbled the ball and a run scored.  After that, Lidge pitched a little batting practice and gave up a long home run to Andrew McCutchen.  Another blown save for Lidge and the Phillies lose!  I am DONE with Lidge – bring back Brett Myers…NOW!

The Phillies will try for a win tomorrow behind a very downtrodden Cole Hamels.  Cross your fingers folks; this ought to be almost as scary as Lidge coming into a game.  Ugh.

 

Photo by Jenn

 

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