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Home Stand Sweep


Broom.jpgWhile the big news of the day was the trade of Roy Oswalt to the Phillies, there was still a game to be played amidst all the hoopla.  And tonight, the Phillies were looking for a 7-game home stand sweep. 

Kyle Kendrick started against the D-Backs and did very well through 6 1/3 innings, allowing only one run.  Kendrick did walk one batter in each of the first 3 innings, but settled in after that.  With JA Happ gone in the trade today, the rotation spot belongs to Kendrick and he will need to keep up the solid pitching.

The Phillies offense, which has been on fire this entire home stand, finally sputtered a bit tonight.  Carlos Ruiz hit an RBI double in the 5th to score Cody Ransom.  The next inning, Raul Ibanez hit a solo homer to give the Phillies a 2-1 lead.  But the offense ended there.  They did have 9 hits off Joe Saunders, but could not score.  Saunders had a very bad year with the Angels and was just traded to the D-Backs.  He looked ripe for the picking, but the Phillies let him off the hook.

Chad Durbin finished pitching the 7th and Ryan Madson had a very good 8th inning.  But manager Charlie Manuel left Madson in for the 9th.  One can only assume this is because his confidence in Brad Lidge with a slim 1-run lead is just not there.  And who could blame him.  But Madson has not pitched more than an inning since coming off the DL and he quickly got into trouble, giving up a lead-off double to start the 9th.

JC Romero took over and allowed a single; a ground out then scored the runner from third, which was charged to Madson. With the game then tied, the drama continued.  After an intentional walk and an unintentional walk, the bases were loaded for Romero.  Gerardo Para stepped to the plate and grounded into his second double play of the night.  Para was so upset, he slammed his helmet to the ground and was ejected by the first base umpire, Adrian Johnson.

The bad luck for Para seemed like good luck for the Phillies who entered the bottom of the 9th with a chance to win the game.  But Jayson Werth, Ransom and Ruiz went down in order and the game headed into extra innings.  In the 10th, Lidge was “Light’s Out” finally, sending the D-Backs down in order.  So if they had put him in for the 9th, this game may have been over already.  Go figure.  But you just don’t know what you are going to get out of Lidge these days.

The Phillies loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning with 2 outs.  Ryan Howard, who was 0 for 4 on the night to that point, had a chance to redeem himself.  But in the past few games, Howard has started to look very, very confused at the plate.  And that translated into a strike out in the 10th to end the inning.  During this home stand, Howard is hitting only .185 including the 0 for 5 tonight.

But more bottom of the order heroics were on the way.  Ransom, Ruiz and Wilson Valdez, the 6, 7 and 8-hole hitters accounted for 7 of the Phillies 12 hits tonight.  So it was only fitting that in the 11th, the same three guys would finally win the game for their team.  Ransom walked, Ruiz singled and Valdez knocked in the winning run with a liner to centerfield.  The final score was 3-2 which completed a 7-game home stand sweep.

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By the way, the Braves lost tonight so the Phillies picked up one more game in the standings.  They are now 2.5 games out of first place in the NL East.

Tomorrow there will more high drama surrounding the Phillies as Roy Oswalt takes the mound in pinstripes for the first time.  He will face the Nationals in DC; game time is 7:05pm.  That game marks the first in a 6-game, 7 day road trip; 3 with the Nats and 3 with the Marlins in Miami after the off day on Monday.

 

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Phillies 2010 First Half Review

Here is a summary of the Phillies 2010 first half, according to Jenn:

Best Off-Season Move – Acquiring Roy Halladay

Worst Off-Season Move – Trading Cliff Lee (duh!)


Thumbnail image for Halladay 1b.jpgBiggest Win
– 7/9/10: The Phillies overcame a 7-1 deficit in the 9th inning against the Reds to win the game in the 10th; it was the second walk-off homer win in a row, giving the Phillies a huge confidence boost.

Biggest Loss – When the bullpen blew a 5 run lead; Phillies lose to the Twins by a score of 10-13 on 6/19/10

Best Series Win – The 4-game sweep of the NL Central 1st place team, the Reds, 7/8-7/11

Worst Series Loss – Losing 3 out of 4 to the worst team in the National League, the Pirates, 7/1-7/4

Biggest Surprise – Jamie Moyer: At 47-year old, the combination of Moyer’s age and 3 off-season surgeries left many doubting he could be an effective pitcher.  But Moyer has performed beyond anyone’s expectations.  But at the half, Moyer has 9 wins and 2 complete games, one of which was a shut-out.

Biggest Disappointment – Raul Ibanez:  Batting only .243 with 7 homers at the half, Ibanez is on pace to hit only 14 homers, which would be his worst power outage since 2001.  He has also only driven in 39 runs, and is therefore on pace for 78 RBI, which would be his worst since 2004.  Ibanez gave his all in the first half of 2009, but since then, it has been mostly downhill and his age is starting to show.  With another entire year left on his contract, this is looking like another bad move by the Phillies.


Thumbnail image for Utley casta.jpgBiggest Question Mark
– Brad Lidge:  Sometimes Lidge looks like Mr. Perfect from 2008 and sometimes he looks like a little leaguer.  The Jekyll and Hyde routine is getting old.  Lidge needs to step up his game if the Phillies are to have success.

Best Moment of the First Half – Roy Halladay’s Perfect Game, 5/29/10 (again, duh!)

Worst Moment of the First Half – Chase Utley’s thumb injury. Noooooo!  Not Utley!!  Then there are the rest of the major injuries that have plagued this team: Placido Polanco, Jimmy Rollins, JA Happ, Ryan Madson, Chad Durbin, etc…  The combined impact of these star players going down have combined for the Worst Moments of the year so far.


Thumbnail image for crystalball_468x317.jpgJenn’s Crystal Ball

- Will Jayson Werth be with the Phillies next year? – No.  Sorry, ladies.  He may even be gone sooner than that…

- Will the Phillies make a trade before the deadline? – Yes.

- Which position will they upgrade? – Pitching

- Will Jenn continue to let her sanity slip slowly away as each day without Chase Utley passes? – Sadly, yes.  Please come back soon, Chase!

- And finally, will the Phillies win the NL East again? – My crystal ball broke due to being overworked when I asked this question.  But I will step out on a limb here and say, yes.  I mean, YES!  Let’s be positive people ;o)

Jamie Moyer will take the mound tonight in Chicago against the Cubs to kick off the 2rd half.  Game time is 8:05pm.  Go Phillies!

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Phillies Injuries Reach Critical Mass

With the announcement today that both Chase Utley and Placido Polanco have been placed on the DL, panic has ensued in Philadelphia.  Much has been said about the Phils being “bitten by the injury bug” this year. 
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I will take that a step further and say that the Phils have been stabbed mercilessly and repeatedly by the “injury knife of death.”  Bugs can be ignored and swatted away.  But the “injury knife of death” seems a tad more menacing, with just the right amount of violence and desperation mixed in.

I saw a TV show today about a battered wife who stabbed her husband 193 times and then buried him the backyard in a hole he had dug himself for a home improvement project.  It seems both painful and unnecessary.  Sound familiar?  It should, because that is the general tone and feel of the Phillies season thus far.  Just to recap, here are the major injuries by player with the dates and positions:

2B

Chase Utley

DL

6/29 – now

Starter

3B

Placido Polanco

DL

6/26 – now

Starter

C

Carlos Ruiz

DL

6/22 – now

Starter

P

Chad Durbin

DL

6/2 – now

Relief pitcher

P

Antonio Bastardo

DL

6/17 – now

Relief pitcher

C

Brian Schneider

DL

5/9-5/24

Back-up

P

Ryan Madson

DL

4/29 – now

Relief pitcher

P

JA Happ

DL

4/16 – now

Starter

SS

Jimmy Rollins

DL

4/13-4/17, 5/22-6/22

Starter

P

Joe Blanton

DL

3/26-5/3

Starter

P 

Brad Lidge

DL

3/26-4/30, 5/10-5/31

Closer

P

JC Romero

DL

3/26-4/22

Relief pitcher

 

The entire infield, except Ryan Howard, has spent time on the DL, including both catchers and 2 starting pitchers.  Sprinkle in 3 relief pitchers plus the closer and we have here the makings of a disappointing season.

Utley hurt his thumb getting thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double yesterday against the Reds.  After the MRI, he has been diagnosed with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament of the thumb.  Basically, his thumb is going to fall off.  Ok, not so much, but it is really, really bad news. 

Right now they are saying it is a “sprain,” but if the ligament is torn, this usually requires surgery and the recovery time is about 4 months.  Are you counting on your fingers right now?  No need…that brings us to the end of October which means the season would be officially over for Utley.  Utley says he will see several more doctors for additional opinions so we will know more after that.  Hopefully, it is just a sprain but either way, this is not good.

As for Polanco, he has bone spurs in his elbow.  He can try to play through the pain and keep getting cortisone shots, but the shots alone will put him out for 2-3 days at a time.  Off-season surgery is probably already being planned.

So with 7 players still on the DL, Happ not doing well in his rehab, Durbin possibly being lost for the season and the uncertainty surrounding Utley and Polanco, can this team succeed this year?  Get out the defibrillation paddles; if the team flat lines, they are going to need to be resuscitated…fast.  And preferably before the “injury knife of death” strikes again.  Ugh.

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:

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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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Rollins Announces His Return With A Walk-Off Homer

Jimmy Rollins officially announced his return to the Phillies tonight with a 2-run walk-off homer in the bottom of the 9th against the Indians. 
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It was J-Roll’s only hit in two games since coming off the DL.  Things looked grim going into that inning as Rollins was just 0 for 4 before that homer, but he hit it when it counted the most and gave his team a 7-6 victory.  Welcome back, Jimmy!

Prior to that, the Phillies offense did score some runs, but they still seem to be butting heads with the usual problems; leaving men on base, hitting into double plays and swinging at bad pitches.  Both Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez hit into double plays, the worst of which was by Ibanez in the 6th inning.  With two runners on and no outs, Ibanez tapped one back to the mound and they did not score that inning.

But Howard had 2 hits on the night and Jayson Werth had 3, including a homer. Brian Schneider hit his first homer of the year in the 7th and there were a couple extra base hits in the game as well.  The Phillies went only 2 for 8 with runners in scoring position, but with J-Roll playing the hero, it was enough to win the game.

The pitching was also interesting as the magical see-saw adventures of Kyle Kendrick continued tonight. 
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When Kendrick steps to the mound, you just never know what tricks he might pull out of his hat next.  This evening’s tricks included allowing two 2-run homers to Shin-Soo Choo.  Kendrick lasted just 4 innings with 5 runs allowed, although 1 run was unearned after a Chase Utley error.

With Kendrick, the only thing that has been consistent is his inconsistency.  And with rumors floating that the Phillies are looking for a starting pitcher, it appears they are growing impatient with not only Kendrick, but JA Happ as well.  Happ has not been progressing as quickly with his rehab as the Phillies would like.  GM Ruben Amaro Jr. told the Courier Press, “”It’s the first time he’s ever had this time off, and (he needs to) come back and cut it loose and get back to that old form. He’s going to have to get to that point or he can’t perform here.”  Those are strong words from an obviously frustrated GM.

Another player was injured tonight as well; Chad Durbin came up with a right hamstring strain at the beginning of the 9th inning.  According to Charlie Manuel after the game, the injury is “pretty serious.”  Not good news; all we can do is hope he will be okay.

In other news, Greg Dobbs did clear waivers and has been sent to AAA to work on his swing.  Hopefully, Dobbs can get back into shape and help out later in the year.  I know a lot of people have been complaining about Dobbs, and not without cause, but I am rooting for him to return to his 2008 form when he was probably the best pinch hitter in the league.  I have been fortunate to speak with Greg on a number of occasions and he is as nice a guy as you could ever hope to meet.  He is great with the fans, unselfish when giving his time and has a good heart.  For all those reasons, I wish him well and hope we might see him again soon.

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Utley: You Won’t Like Him When He’s Angry

Chase Utley got angry tonight and the Minnesota Twins paid the price.  After all the talk about Utley being injured after a comment made in an interview by first base coach, Davey Lopes, Utley came out tonight to prove everyone wrong.  Utley hulk.jpgHe swears he is not injured and based on his play tonight, who could argue?  Trust me Twins, you won’t like him when he’s angry.

Utley nailed an RBI single in the first inning and smashed a 3-run homer in the second.  He was a monster in the field as well.  Utley dove for a hard hit ground ball in the 3rd inning that would have been out of the reach of any normal human.  He snagged the ball while on the ground, got up and made the throw to first to end the inning.

Then in the 5th inning, Jason Kubel hit what looked like an inside-the-park home run.  Utley took the relay throw from Shane Victorino and threw Kubel out at the plate with a little help from catcher Carlos Ruiz.  Utley made a statement tonight.  Do not make him angry.  Or perhaps Lopes’ slip of the tongue was a huge favor; it lit a fire under Utley.  Clue for the Phils: Next time Utley is slumping, piss him off.

Ryan Howard must have taken the rumor about Utley to heart as well; he went 4 for 5 with TWO home runs, a triple and 3 RBI.  He and Utley went back-to-back with those homers.  But they were not alone in their offensive outburst.  The Phillies put 9 runs on the board all together with additional hits from Placido Polanco, Jayson Werth and others.

Joe Blanton bounced back after some very bad outings previous to tonight.  He did well through 6 innings, allowing just one run.  But the same mistake that has been made with Blanton all year long was made again; he was left in too long.  In the top of the 7th, he gave up a single and then a 2-run homer before he was replaced by Chad Durbin.  The shame of it is, Blanton could have left the game with only 1 run allowed, but the Phils continue to push him even when he looks tired.  The Phils had a huge lead, but the confidence boost Blanton should have left with may have been erased.

Overall, the game tonight was very intense, but not all of it was a good thing.  Both Werth and Victorino appeared to tweak a muscle running hard to first base.  They each stayed in the game, so that is a good sign.  Then in the 8th inning, Kubel shattered his bat which nailed Ruiz in the head and he lay motionless on the ground for a good amount of time.  Ruiz was taken out of the game and did walk off on his own so, hopefully, he will be okay.

The other excitement in tonight’s game was seeing Scott Mathieson pitch in the majors for the first time since 2006.  Two Tommy John surgeries later, and Mathieson was pumped up to make it back to the bigs.  A little too pumped up, because he gave up hit after hit in the 9th inning until the bases were loaded with one out.  After a wild pitch and two more runs scoring, Brad Lidge was brought in to finish the game which he did without issue.  Phils win, 9-5.

While Mathieson hit 99mph on the radar gun, the control was not there.  Lidge probably breathed a sigh of relief as his closing job is safe for now.  But this may have been a case of nerves and we will probably see Mathieson again soon.

Cole Hamels will pitch tomorrow; game time is 4:10pm.

 

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Win Streak Over

While it was only a 2-game win streak, it was nice while it lasted.  The Phillies lost by a score of 5-6 to the Padres today in 10 innings.  Placido Polanco made a huge blunder in the 9th inning, getting thrown out at third base, which was followed by a Ryan Howard single that would have scored him to tie the game.  However, this loss is not his fault. Polly had 3 hits in the game, 2 RBI and until that moment, was the star of the game.  Howard also had 2 hits and 3 RBI.

The biggest mistake in this game in my opinion was when Charlie Manuel sent Joe Blanton back out to pitch the 5th inning.  Blanton had already given up 4 runs on 10 hits in just 4 innings and looked like he may self-destruct at any moment.  Chad Durbin was already warming up in the pen during the 4th and would have been ready to go.  Sure enough, Blanton goes back out, throws one pitch and Nick Hundley shot it right over the left field wall.  That one run was the difference in the game.


Blanton 060610.jpgBlanton has been bad, or Blah-anton-like, since coming off the DL.  He now has a 1-4 record with 2 no decisions and a 6.07 ERA.  He has not allowed less than 3 earned runs in ANY start this year and has made it through 7 innings only 2 times.  The first 5 starts or so looking like he was just behind in his conditioning after returning from the injury.  But he should be on track by now and clearly is not.  If he is still hurt, the Phillies had better figure it out quick.

Another mystery is Chase Utley; he has not hit a home run since May 20th and has just 6 hits in his last 12 games.  While we all know Utley will never admit to being hurt, maybe it is time for someone to sneak up behind him with a syringe, knock him unconscious and force him through and MRI machine?  Because this is an unprecedented slump for Utley who hit better in 2008 with a bum hip.


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has been just as bad with 3 hits in 10 games.  He has 16 strike outs in those same 10 games, with 3 tonight. The biggest one came with 2 men on base in the 10th to end the game.  Ok, run him through the MRI too; it couldn’t hurt.

The bench players have been awful as well.  Here are the batting averages: Greg Dobbs, .145; Ross Gload, .200; Ben Francisco, .233.  I do not want to hear the excuse about lack of playing time anymore.  Other pinch hitters and bench guys on other teams are getting it done, so why aren’t the Phils?  Travis Ishikawa of the Giants is 5 for 10 in pinch hits.  Even former Phillies, Wes Helms is batting .277 for the Marlins.  What is up with the Phillies bench?

This was a frustrating loss as the Phillies finally scored some runs despite various slumps, but the pitching did not hold.  They have one more game with the Padres tomorrow night at 7:05pm with a well rested Cole Hamels on the mound as his last outing was rain-shortened.

Here is the full Photo Album from the game.

 

Photos by Jenn Zambri Photography

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When Will The Horror End?

Hey, remember that amazing perfect game pitched by Roy Halladay a few days ago?  That was so awesome.  It was the happiest Phillies day in all of 2010 so far; a historical, momentous occasion.  Ah, memories…

With the way the Phillies have been playing lately, that perfect game now seems like it happened ages ago; a distant memory of a happier time.  Aside from that one bright spot, the Phillies last 10 games have resembled a bad horror movie, including today’s 9-3 loss to the Braves.

The game got off to a very scary start when, with 1st & 3rd and only 1 out, Ryan Howard hit into an inning-ending double play.  Then starting pitcher Joe Blanton gave up a 2-run homer to Chipper Jones in the bottom of the 1st.  To make matters worse, manager Charlie Manuel decided to put Ross Gload in right field to give the struggling Jayson Werth a mental day off.  Well, with 2 outs, Gload missed a routine fly ball, sending the runner to second instead of ending the inning.  That runner scored and the Phillies fell into an 0-3 hole.

The next inning was just as frightening; with 2 men on base and 1 out, Wilson Valdez grounded into another double play to end another inning. 
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Manuel got ejected from the game in the 3rd inning following an indecisive call by the home plate umpire.  Larry Vanover said Greg Dobbs was hit by a pitch and then changed his mind after the Braves argued the call.  Nice job, ump.  Just what we needed…

Manuel’s ejection did nothing to wake the zombified Phillies offense.  Howard missed an easy ground ball in the bottom of the 3rd, allowing yet another unearned run to score.  And the Phillies bats stayed silent until the 7th inning when 4 straight doubles scored 3 runs.  What?  3 runs in one inning and all with 2 outs in the inning?  Who are these Phillies and where did they hide the zombies?

Oh wait, the undead have returned…in the form of the Phillies bullpen.  Given a little hope with those 3 runs and trailing by just 3-6, the Phillies bullpen put a stop to that.  Antonio Bastardo got 1 out in the 7th and then allowed a single and a walk.  Chad Durbin took over and with just one pitch, he gave up a 3-run homer.  I guess Durbin was just trying to clean off the bases for a fresh start?  Ugh.

Earlier today, Brad Lidge was activated off the DL…again.  How long this will last, no one knows.  He did pitch the 8th inning, as the Phillies tried to ease him back into his regular role.  He pitched a clean inning and looked like he is feeling much better.  We shall see…

With Lidge back, instead of optioning the young Bastardo to make room, the Phillies chose to designate Nelson Figueroa for assignment.  Figueroa may not be back.  He has to clear waivers first and then, if he is not picked up, he could either become a free agent or take an assignment to the minors.

So with this loss today, the Phillies are out of first place, ½ game behind the Braves.  If they can wake up and get anything done in the next 2 games against the Braves, they could turn it around.  The way this month has gone, I am sure everyone is happy to be done with May.  Let us hope June is better.

 

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Finally…Some Runs And A Win

Odds were good that the Phillies would have to bust out of this major slump at some point.  Today against the Marlins, they finally scored for the first time since the 9th inning against the Red Sox on Sunday…5 days ago.  In the 4th inning against the Fish, a Ryan Howard single followed by a Raul Ibanez triple ended the drought.  Whew!

Of course, 3 strike-outs followed the Ibanez RBI, leaving him stranded on 3rd, making fans wonder if the one run was a fluke.  But the offense kept creeping back to life, scoring one run each in the 5th and 7th innings.  Chase Utley manufactured a run by walking, then stealing 2nd base, allowing him to score on another Howard single.  Utley later grounded out to score a runner from 3rd base.

Manager Charlie Manuel moved the line-up around a bit, giving Jayson Werth and Placido Polanco the day off.  Ross Gload and Greg Dobbs filled in; Gload went 1 for 4 and Dobbs was hitless.  Polanco is still having elbow issues after being hit with a pitch at the start of the season.  Hopefully, a little rest will get him back into the lineup.

As for starter Kyle Kendrick, he pitched very well.  His fielding, however, was not great and cost him the only 2 runs he allowed.  Thumbnail image for P7306493 kendrick cr.jpgWith 2 outs and 2 men on in the 3rd, Hanley Ramirez hit an easy ground ball to Kendrick who drilled the ball into the ground trying to throw to first.  Just as it looked like he was out of the inning, 2 runs crossed the plate on the error.

Both runs were unearned and Kendrick wound up going 6 innings without additional incident.  Overall, it was a quality start.  Chad Durbin and Danys Baez got through the next two innings fairly easily.  Jose Contreras came in for the 9th and got into trouble, allowing back-to-back singles with one out.  He struck out Cody Ross next and then Ronnie Paulino popped up to end the game.

So, with a little help, Kendrick beats the Fish and Contreras collected the save.  And the Phillies finally put an end to the 5-game losing streak.  Can I get one more big SIGH of relief….whew!  Game 2 in Miami is tomorrow at 7:10pm with Roy Halladay on the mound.

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Phillies Phestival 2010

The Phillies held their annual ALS Charity Phestival today which was attended by a huge sold-out crowd. 
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All of the players, coaches and broadcasters were there to sign autographs, mingle with fans and a few took photos with fans as well.   The Cole Hamels and Roy Halladay photo booths were very popular.  Halladay was especially friendly, signing extra autographs for fans even though the photo came with his signature.

The staff did a great job handling the large crowd and things ran smoothly.  It took less than 1/2 an hour for me to get through the Chase Utley line, which was a small miracle.  Here is Utley plus Raul Ibanez, Chad Durbin, Jose Contreras, Ross Gload, and the 2009 NL Champs and 2008 World Series Trophy’s:


Phestival 2010.jpgThe players were in good spirits and with a little help, I walked out with 21 autographs, plus some nice goodies in the grab bags I bought.  In the bags, I wound up with an Ibanez signed hat, a Brad Lidge signed ball, some bobbleheads and a ball signed by the entire broadcasting team.  Not too shabby.


DSCF6301.JPGI also met some very interesting people, like Bryan, who is a Cole Hamels look-alike.  He did eventually get a photo with Cole and hopefully, he will be emailing me a copy so I can share it with everyone.  This photo here does not do justice to the resemblence, which is amazing.   Every person who walked by him said, “Is that Cole Hamels?”  Bryan may be changing his name to “Cole” soon ;0)

Another thing I thought was very nice was seeing ALL of the players there to support the charity, even those on the DL.  Players not on the active roster can technically bail out on the event, as some have in years past.  But Jimmy Rollins, Brad Lidge, JA Happ and Ryan Madson were all there.  Kudos to these guys for their dedication!

By the way, back-up catcher Brian Schneider was also there as he has been taken off the DL and Paul Hoover was designated for assignment.

Here is the full Photo Album from the day.  By the way, congratulations to the Philadelphia Flyers!  They are on their way to the Stanley Cup finals!  Go Philly!

 

Photos 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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