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Sandberg Gets First Managerial Win

Well, it took a few days, but the Phillies finally squeaked out a win for interim manager Ryne Sandberg.  The 3-5 win over the Dodgers ended yet another long losing streak for the Phils who are now solidly in 4th place in the NL East, 2.5 games behind the Mets for 3rd place.

Getting this win against the hottest team in baseball was going to require a combination of things to occur.  Pitcher Cole Hamels had to be good, which he was.  Hamels went 7 innings, allowing just 2 runs.

 

The Phillies offense had to produce.  And although it was not at all pretty at times, 7 hits and 3 RBI did the trick.  Carlos Ruiz, who has struggled lately, went 4 for 4 and Darin Ruf smashed a solo homer in the game.

Defensively, the Phillies were coming off a game in which they committed 3 errors.  On Sunday, they managed to cut that down to 1 error.  Ah, progress!

And for once, the bullpen did not implode in late innings.  Both B.J. Rosenberg and Jonathan Papelbon pitched scoreless innings to maintain what was at that point a 2-2 tie game.

And in the bottom of the 9th, a little bit of luck was in order to seal the Phillies win.  Two errors by Dodgers shortstop, Hanley Ramirez, allowed the Phillies to walk off with the victory.  Michael Young got the game-winning RBI as Ramirez fumbled his grounder with the bases loaded.  Casper Wells scored on the error and Ryne Sandberg finally got a win!

Here is the full Photo Album from the game, which includes some fun shots of the Dodgers as well.  Fun stuff like this right here:

Is he pitching or trying some new form of karate?  I cannot decide.

The Rockies come to town for a 4-game series tonight.  Game time is 7:05pm.

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Photos by Jenn Zambri Photography

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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Photo by Jenn Zambri Photography

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