Results tagged ‘ Hurricane Irene ’

Phillies Breeze Through Four Game Sweep of Reds

With two days off before this series began due to Hurricane Irene, the Phillies did not skip a beat in their total dominance over the Reds this week.  This win made it only the third time in franchise history that the Phillies have been 41 games over .500. They did it twice in 1976.

Rookie pitcher Vance Worley is also knocking on the record books.  With a 10-1 record, the Phillies have won each of his last 13 starts.  That is the best streak since Steve Carlton pitched the Phillies to 15 consecutive wins in 1972.

 

In this game against the Reds, Worley was great through six innings, allowing just one run.  He ran into trouble in the seventh when he allowed a 3-run homer.  At that point, Worley was done.  But he walked away with the lead and even an RBI on a single in the 2nd inning.

The offense had already spotted Worley six runs by the time the bullpen took over.  Ryan Howard hit a solo homer for his 104th RBI of the year.  Filling in for Placido Polanco, Michael Martinez blasted a 2-run shot to right, which was his 3rd homer of the year.  Shane Victorino and Wilson Valdez had two hits in the game as well.

So September started with a bang for the Phillies.  They currently hold an 8-game lead in the division and will play 3 games in Miami next.  Game 1 against the Marlins is Friday night at 7:10pm with Roy Oswalt pitching.

 

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Photo by Jenn Zambri Photography

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Hamels Sharp in 1st Game Off the DL

The Phillies began a stretch of 33 games in 31 days today in Cincinnati against the Reds.  With the schedule shuffling due to Hurricane Irene, the Phils lost their final off-day of the regular season and also have two doubleheaders in September.

Today was an especially important day for pitcher Cole Hamels.  It was his first start since coming off the DL with some shoulder soreness.  Hamels did not skip a beat as he began quickly mowing down Reds hitters.
 

Hamels was perfect through three innings when an outfield blunder ended the streak in the fourth.  Hunter Pence overran a routine fly ball, then slipped and fell trying to go back to make the catch.  The hit was recorded as a triple, which gave the Reds a 1-0 lead soon after.

Probably mortified my the mistake, Pence looked for redemption early with a single to start the fifth.  Carlos Ruiz then singled and Wilson Valdez drove Pence home with a very timely double.

Hamels was able to shake off the earlier mistake and with a 1-1 tie game, he continued pitching very well.  Through six innings, Hamels allowed just the one run on two hits and struck out seven.

The pitchers battle continued as the Reds’ Homer Bailey kept confusing Phillies hitters.  Valdez seemed to be the only one able to hit Bailey and he started the eighth off with a single.

Michael Martinez was then sent up to bunt, which was a minor disaster.  I sincerely hope this is the last time Martinez will be counted on to lay down a bunt, because he looked like he had no clue what he was doing.  He bunted two balls straight up into the air; the first was foul and the second was caught for a very ugly out.

Lucky for Martinez, Shane Victorino stepped up to the plate and finally saw a pitch he liked.  One hanging curve ball  later and Victorino had himself a 2-run homer.  The Phillies then had a 3-1 lead.

That lead dwindled a little in the bottom half of the inning as the struggles of Michael Stutes continued.  He gave up one run on three hits, cutting the lead to 3-2.

In that inning, Placido Polanco missed a hard hit ball and made a throwing error.  Polanco also struck out three times at the plate, which is very out of character for him.  Normally a contact hitter, Polanco did not look like himself today both at the plate and in the field.  This leave one wondering just how badly he is being bothered by the sore hip and back.

After that odd inning, the Phillies were unable to score again.  That meant the game was in the hands of Ryan Madson with a miniscule 1-run lead.  Coming into this game, Madson was 23 for 25 in save opportunities.

Unlike Polanco tonight, Madson was on top of his game.  After allowing a lead-off single, he buckled down and recorded the final three outs of the game.

Tuesday night, Roy Halladay will finally take the mound after getting pushed back with all the crazy weather and game cancellations earlier this week.  Game time is 7:10pm.

 

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Photo by Jenn Zambri Photography

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Hurricane Irene Weekend Photos

The following are some photos I took while bored at the ballpark on Saturday and also some shots from my neighborhood showing some hurricane damage.

To start with, I finally saw the new Harry Kalas statue.  It was nice being able to take photos without a huge crowd:
 

And here are some nice rainy shots of the tarp, wet fans, a bunch of bird taking over the wet field and the flag poles, minus most flags as a wind precaution:
 

Next, I went to see the new John Kruk Wall of Fame plaque and also stared at empty seats for a while for lack of anything else to do:
 

Once the game was finally called, I drove south into Delaware to get home through Hurricane Irene flood warnings, tornado warnings and some pretty impressive downpours.  Here are some sights from my neighbor in the aftermath, including a small lake in my front yard, very large trees tipping sideways, a sink hole in the yard and some fallen tree branches:
 

Aside from some water in the basement though, all went pretty well down here.  So, how about you?  Tell me in the comment section where you live and what the damage was from the hurricane.

The tomorrow, with any luck, Phillies baseball will resume again.  Game time in Cincinnati is 7:10pm with Cole Hamels pitching.

 

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Photos by Jenn Zambri Photography

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Hurricane Irene Forces Phillies to Juggle the Schedule

On Thursday, the Phillies announced that Sunday’s Phillies – Marlins game would be moved to Saturday afternoon as part of a day/night doubleheader at 1:05pm.  With hurricane Irene on the move towards the east coast, the Phillies chose to be pro-active in their approach to the schedule.

However, as the weather forecast continues to worsen, the Phillies made yet another pre-emptive move.  The Saturday night, August 27th 7:05pm game has been re-scheduled to Thursday, September 15.  The time has not been decided yet,  but that officially removes the final off-day on the Phillies schedule before the end of the regular season.

Confused yet?  To recap, the Sunday, August 28 game will now be played on Saturday, August 27 at 1:05pm.  The Saturday night, August 27 game will be played on Thursday, September 15.

And all this is happening after an east coast earthquake on Tuesday, which is pretty much an unheard of event in this area.  Is the world coming to an end?  We sure hope not.  But the weather certainly is throwing a wrench into this baseball season.

I have a ticket for Sunday’s game, which means I am going tomorrow and crossing my fingers that the 1:05pm start time on Saturday will actually happen without another weather disaster.  If so, I will return with photos.

In the meantime, here is a video slideshow for you to enjoy and remember happier weather days.  These were taken in D.C. this past May at a Phillies - Nationals game.  It is J-Roll Smurf and his adventures at Nationals Park!

Go Phillies!

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Photos & Video by Jenn Zambri Photography

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