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A Lot Of K’s And A “Foul” Ball


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There was so little contact with the ball in last night’s Phillies-Red Sox match-up, that for most of the game, the fielders looked like this:

The Phillies pitchers struck out 14 batters and the Sox struck out 20 batters.  Phillies starter Joe Blanton had a great game, giving up just 2 solo homers in 7 innings.  But Jon Lester of the Sox out-pitched him by 1 run.  It was a classic pitcher’s duel, but left many fans at the park were left wondering if they should have brought their pillows.

The greatest excitement for most of the game was watching the emotional JC Romero pitch against the team that let him go in 2007 (thank you, Sox!).  In his usual style, Romero was all over the zone, but effective.  He pitched part of the 8th and the entire 9th while allowing only 1 hit and 1 walk.  JC, we are SO happy to have you back!

Phillies fans were woken from their slumber though in the bottom of the 9th when Ryan Howard hit a solo home run to tie the game at 2-2.  Extra innings followed, for the 3rd game in a row, but the Phillies were robbed of the win from the umpire (in my opinion anyway). 

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Greg Dobbs
hit what should have been a 2-run homer that was called a foul ball in the 11th inning.  Jim Joyce, who called it foul, refused to check the replay after manager Charlie Manuel requested it.  Tell me why then do we have Instant Replay?  Wasn’t the entire purpose to check on game changing calls? 

Look at the photo to the right; I freeze framed the video right as the ball passes the pole.  If the pole were taller, the ball would have hit it.  Therefore, it is a fair ball – game over.  But either Joyce is a Red Sox fan or he just likes staying up all night into extra innings.  At the very least, he should have reviewed it.  If he did so and still called it foul, fine.  I can live with that.  But the fact that he just flat out refused?  Unacceptable.

But as we all know, umpires can screw with games as often as they like and suffer no consequences.  So, on to the 12th inning they went…

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Kyle Kendrick
was recalled from the minors today after Scott Eyre was placed on the 15-day DL before the game with a calf strain.  This is a big shot to the Phillies bullpen.  Eyre has been great this year with a 2.57 ERA in 25 games.  And Kendrick trying to replace him, clearly was not up to the challenge.  He did fine in the 12th but then allowed 3 runs to the Sox in the 13th, losing the game for the Phillies.

So despite the amazing pitching (except Kendrick), and the 2-run homer that was called foul from Dobbs, the Phillies went down 5-2 in this first game of three.  I am getting ready to go to the game tonight and will be packing an extra set of glasses for Mr. Joyce.  Oh, and if I could somehow impart some common sense and decency onto him, I would gladly do that as well.

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Kitty – funnyanimalphotos.com

Kendrick – Jenn

Foul or Fair? – mlb.com

 

Ibanez Rocks New York

Raul Ibanez brought the pain to the New York Mets last night with a 3-run shot into the bullpen in the 10th inning.  The Phillies win the series in New York, 2 games to 1 and come home with a 7-3 record on this most recent road trip.

Ibanez has been the biggest surprise of the year for this team, bringing the defense to match his offense.  In the 4th, Ibanez played a hot shot off the wall and nailed David Wright at 2nd who was trying for a double.  From all the way back on the warning track, not only did Ibanez get the ball to Chase Utley without a hop, he placed the toss perfectly so Utley could make an easy tag. 
Thumbnail image for Ibanez Hulk.jpgThis guy has been like the Incredible Hulk for the Phillies (or the Ibanez Hulk), tossing opponents around as if they were small woodland creatures instead of professional ball players.  While leading the majors with 58 RBI’s, slugging percentage (.674) and he is also second in homers with 21, Ibanez has put this team on his back and intends to carry them to the promise land.  Could chants of “MVP!” from the fans at the ball park be far behind?  Just wait; it’s coming.

And the starting pitching continues to improve as well.  Jamie Moyer had another quality start against the Mets, going 6 innings with 3 runs on 8 hits and did not walk anyone.  He looked a bit frustrated at times, but he is the master at buckling down and getting it done.  The bullpen had another great outing too.  Clay Condrey continues to turn heads with his 2.27 ERA and last night he pitched 2 scoreless and hitless innings.  Chad Durbin and Scott Eyre took care of business in the 9th and Ryan Madson saved the game in the 10th.

But just when everything is about to click….the Phillies are getting ready to butt heads with the Boston Red Sox who are coming off a 3-game sweep of the Yankees.  The Phillies have been extraordinarily bad in inter league play historically; will 2009 be different?  Or will the Sox derail the train in Philly?  We shall see…

Save A Pet


Thumbnail image for utley_150x180.jpgIf you are going to the game tonight, stop by the Save A Pet charity booth which will be located at the first base gate and run by the Phillies Wives.  You can adopt an animal in need, donate toys and blankets, and/or purchase a calendar for which the proceeds go to benefit the SPCA.  Phillies players were photographed with either their own animals or adoptable pets from the SPCA and the result is a very adorable calendar.  You can also
buy the calendar online if you are not able to get to the game.  I may need to get about 10 copies… :O)

“Minor” Steroid Issue

Pablo Ozuna signed a Minor League contract with the Phillies on Jan. 22 and has since been playing 2nd base for the AAA Iron Pigs.  Yesterday, he was suspended 50 games for violating the league’s drug policy with an elevated testosterone level.  Prior to this year, he spent a short time with the Dodgers in 2008 and 3 years with the White Sox before that.  The Phillies are the 5th team he has played for.

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Meet Antonio Bastardo

Everyone loves to see young guys get a break and make it to the Majors; but the journey for Antonio Bastardo, 23, begins with a season-ending injury to the Phillies #2 starting pitcher, Brett Myers.  Antonio Bastardo JZD.jpgMyers will have hip surgery and Bastardo will have some very big shoes to fill.  Is he up to the challenge?

Bastardo was signed by the Phillies after he was not drafted in 2007.  With a 9-0 record and 1.87 ERA at the Lakewood Blue Claws that year, Bastardo was moved to Clearwater to start 2008.  Impressive again, Bastardo pitched his way to the Reading Phillies after a 2-0 record and 1.17 ERA with the Threshers.  In 2009, Bastardo earned a spot in the Phillies Spring Training camp where he continued to work on his pitches.  Ultimately, he ended up with Reading Phillies (AA) where his 2-2 record and 1.82 ERA earned him a promotion to the Iron Pigs (AAA).

After only 2 games with the Pigs, Bastardo now finds himself readying to face big league hitters.  Whether the youngster will show off his stuff or crack under the pressure is yet to be determined.  What we do know is that the Phillies need an arm to fill the void left by Myers and if Bastardo does not work out, the Phils may find themselves in a heap of trouble.  Or maybe he will be a surprise like Kyle Kendrick was in 2007.  Bastardo gets his first start on Tuesday in San Diego against Jake Peavy and the Padres.  Best of luck to him!

Just For Fun

I shot some video before yesterday’s game of Jayson Werth warming up in the Phillies batting cages; the footage is possibly a bit…interesting?  For lack of a better word anyway; but hey, I did not go down there and make him show off his belly…although if requested, I am happy to oblige ;O)

 

Race Weekend

And also just for entertainment’s sake, I thought I would share with you the hell that is NASCAR race weekend in Dover.  The Monster Mile attracts thousands of fans from all over the country and literally shuts down the town for 3 days.  You cannot go to the Mall, the grocery store or pretty much anywhere.  All businesses rent out their parking lots exclusively for the race fans cars, trailers and campers and local residents are trapped inside their houses for the weekend.  If you live in the neighborhood, you even have to show ID to get to your own house!  Here is just a sampling of what I had to drive through to get to the Phillies game yesterday:

I just keep telling myself, it is good for the economy and only happens two times a year.  Now if I could just avoid the toxic fumes, engines noises, beer can-strewn roads and drunk folks wandering about aimlessly…  Hmmmm…maybe next time ;O)

And in case you missed it yesterday, here is the Photo Album from the Phillies sweep of the Nats and historic win #250 for Jamie Moyer!

Photos & videos by Jenn

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WALK-Off Win

P4211429 Ibanez.jpgLiterally.  Manager Charlie Manuel decided to shake up the line-up today, moving lead-off hitter Jimmy Rollins to the six hole.  Shane Victorino led off and Raul Ibanez slid into the 2 hole.  The move paid off, as Victorino led off the game with a triple and hit a double his next time up.  Ibanez nailed a solo homer in the 6th inning to tie the game up 5-5.  And then in the 10th inning, Victorino stepped up to the plate again with 2 outs and the bases loaded and drew the walk!  Literally, a walk-off win for the Phillies.

Jamie Moyer started the game and pitched well until the 6th inning when he surrendered back to back homers to the Mets.  Scott Eyre, coming in to relieve him with 2 outs, allowed another run in the inning (charged to Moyer) and failed to get the final out.  P4191052 Condrey.jpg

Clay Condrey got the Phillies out of the inning, but the damage was done.  Condrey has been great so far this season and currently has a 1.26 ERA which leads the team.  Brad Lidge made a 1 inning appearance today in the 9th, coming back after a right knee injury, and he got through it without allowing a run.  Sadly, the Phillies did not score in the bottom of the 9th, forcing the game into extra innings.

Pitcher Jack Taschner got into trouble in the 10th, but Pedro Feliz started an around the horn double play to end the inning and prevent the runner on 3rd from scoring.  Whew!  That allowed the Phillies to load up the bases in the bottom of the 10th for Victorino who walked in the winning run.

Carlos Ruiz was back today from his rehab assignment after a strained oblique.  Ruiz was 0 for 2 in the game, but did draw 2 walks.  Lou Marson was sent back to the Iron Pigs where he will get a chance to play every day and continue to improve his already impressive skills.

In other injury news, Cole Hamels will most likely not be ready to start on Monday.  His bullpen session was moved back 1 day to today and afterwards, he reported some discomfort in his ankle.  JA Happ seems to be the probable candidate to start in his spot and this also likely keeps Chan Ho Park in the rotation with the Phillies being short an arm.  Not good news for the Phils; the starters will all have to pick up the slack.

The final game of the Mets series will start tomorrow at 1:35pm.  Joe Blanton will take the mound and we hope, start a good run for our starting pitching which has been very, very shaky.  The Phillies need this game to win the series.

And again, don’t forget to VOTE your Phillies into the All-Star game!  VOTE up to 25 times per day, per email address!

Photos by Jenn

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Cool Air Cools Off Phillies Bats

Brett Myers seems to have a cloud hanging over his head….or maybe it is our entire pitching staff?  Then again, perhaps it has something to do with the weather?  Is it just me, or does it seem like the Phillies only hit when it is warm outside?  Let us examine this theory:

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Note that as the temperature spikes, the run total spikes as well; and when the temperature plunges, so do the runs.  This chart includes all games from Opening Day to last night’s 4-1 loss against the Nationals.  Manager Charlie Manuel calls the warm weather “hitting season.”  So, what should he call the cold weather?  “Sleeping season?”  Guess Phillies fans had better start praying for summer to get here – fast!

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Of course, sloppy pitching is not helping the situation.  While Brett Myers had a decent start again, going 6 innings with 3 runs given up, he did get hurt unnecessarily with walks in the 3rd inning.  He not only walked the pitcher, a mortal sin in baseball, but he also walked a run in two batters later.  Still, he kept the team in the game but the offense failed to score any runs for him, except a solo homer by Shane Victorino in the 1st inning.  You cannot score only one run and expect to win, even if the temperature is only in the 50’s.  Maybe bats fear the cold?  Hmmmm…

Regardless of the phobias of inanimate objects, offensive problems abound:  The Phillies left the bases loaded with only one out.  Jimmy Rollins got caught stealing.  Nats pitching handed out 5 free passes to Phillies batters, which they did not take advantage of.  In all, 10 men were left on base.  Scott Olsen did pitch a great game for the Nats, but he also did not leave the Phillies without opportunities to score.  The good news is, the Phils had won 5 games in row prior to this and the team has an off-day today to rest up for the Mets series this weekend.

Hamels in a bubble.jpgBoth Cole Hamels, the new bubble boy of the team, and Brad Lidge are scheduled to throw bullpen sessions on Friday.  Hamels will test out the sprained ankle and hope it bounces :O)  Lidge is hoping to avoid the DL with right knee discomfort.  If Lidge doesn’t snap out of it soon, I guess I will have to build him a bubble too.  Carlos Ruiz is inching closer to a return as well; he will play for the Iron Pigs a few more times and hopes to be back with the team by the end of the weekend.

So, let us all take this day off as an opportunity to elect the Phillies to the All-Star game!  VOTE up to 25 times per day, per email address!  Are you tired of me typing this yet?  Well, buckle up folks!  We have MONTHS left to go! :O)

Photo & Graph by Jenn

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Moyer Loves Fish…Mmmm!

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Jamie Moyer completed the sweep of the Florida Marlins today by frying the pesky Fish; his record now stands at 12-1 against the Marlins.  This win was a back breaker for the Marlins, who lost 13-2, and even had to use their right-fielder, Cody Ross, to pitch the final inning.  Moyer’s pitching baffled the aggressive young hitters who struck out 6 times and managed only 1 run against Moyer.  Great defense was a help as well, with Raul Ibanez making an unbelievable snag of a long fly ball against the wall in left.  Had he missed it, it would have plated at least 2 more runs for the Fish.  Ibanez continues to impress, silencing all doubters who were upset by the exit of Pat Burrell.

Jimmy Rollins got the day off to reflect on his awful start to the season and Eric Bruntlett filled in nicely, going 1 for 4 with 1 RBI, 1 walk and 2 runs scored.  Pedro Feliz must like fried Fish as well; he had 3 hits, 2 RBI, 1 walk and 2 runs scored.  Yummy!  In fact, all of the Phillies, Moyer included, had at least one hit in the game except Chris Coste.  Coste also had a brain-fart in the 5th inning when he grabbed a bunted ball and threw to 2nd instead of getting the sure out at first base.  Not his day, for sure.  But luckily, the rest of the team was hungry and happy to gobble up the Fishies.  My favorite part of the following video is about 1 min, 15 seconds in…you’ll see why:

The Phillies would love to continue their feeding frenzy tomorrow when they take on the Washington Nationals at home with Joe Blanton on the mound.  Start time is 7:05pm and if you are hungry too, head out to the ballpark; it is dollar dog night!  Not as fun as Fish heads, but still pretty good.

In case you missed it in my earlier blog, I have posted a Photo Album of the Iron Pigs game from yesterday.  You will see shots of Carlos Ruiz rehabbing, Kyle Kendrick pitching, the park, the mascots and much more!  Enjoy :O)

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Fried Fish & Iron Pigs

This team sure loves playing from behind; all 8 wins this year so far have been comeback wins, including yesterday’s 10-inning 6-4 win over the Marlins.  Losing 3-4 in the 9th inning, Eric Bruntlett stepped in to pinch hit and hit a chopper up the third base line well enough to score Jayson Werth from third and tie up the game.  In the 10th, Shane Victorino, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Werth all singled, plus a stolen base from Victorino, and the Phillies took the lead, 6-4.  Brad Lidge tried to give us all a tummy ache in the bottom of the 9th as he loaded the bases full of Fish, but managed to escape unscathed.

Chan Ho Park had a better game this time around; he started off red-hot, but cooled a bit in the 4th inning when he gave away back-to-back home runs.  The first was a 3-run homer to Jorge Cantu and then a solo shot to Dan Uggla.  But Park did keep the Phils in the game and even accidentally ran into an opposite field home run of his own in the 3rd inning.  It was Park’s first home run since 2000.

The bullpen including Chad Durbin, Scott Eyre and Ryan Madson held the game at 4 runs for the Fish and ultimately, gave the Phillies an opportunity to come back and win.  Great job from the pen! 

Speaking of pens, I was actually sitting in the “pig pen” at Coca-Cola Park watching the Phils game on my phone while watching our AAA club, the Iron Pigs play the Pawtucket Red Sox.  And yes, everything in this park is “pig” themed.  From the mascots, to the game program, which is called “Pork Illistrated.”  Besides the “oinking” from the crowd and other silliness, the park is beautiful, has comfortable seating and it was a really entertaining time overall.

The Pigs game actually mirrored the Phillies game through the 9th inning; both clubs were tied 4-4 and went 1 extra inning!  Sadly, the Pigs game had a different result, as they lost to the Sox, 5-4.  But I did get to check out Carlos Ruiz in his first rehab assignment.  Ruiz was the DH; he went 0-3 at the plate, walked twice and scored a run.  The good news is, he looked ok swinging the bat.Kendrick Ruiz Pigs.jpg

I also saw former major leaguer, Kyle Kendrick pitch; Kendrick went 5 innings, giving up 4 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks.  Not good.  He looked like a minor league pitcher and appears to have a long way to go before cracking the majors again.  We wish him luck!

Spring training stand-outs John Mayberry Jr. and Jason Donald each smacked a home run in the game and were impressive defensively as well.  Mike Cervenak and Andy Tracy collected the other 2 RBI’s, which were hard to come by as they faced pitchers who were throwing in the 40’s and 50’s.  I am so not kidding; it looked like a tee-ball game.  One pitcher for the Sox was being clocked regularly at around 41mph!  Wow.  Most AAA players are not used to such slow deliveries and it will mess up their timing.  Hey, maybe the Sox would like to sign me up?  Pretty sure I can top 41mph.

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Here is the Photo Album of the Iron Pigs game; I have included more shots of Ruiz, Kendrick, Coca-Cola park, the mascots and many others!

Back to the majors: Don’t forget to VOTE for your All-Star’s today!  Get your Phillies into the game!!  Vote a maximum of 25 times per day, per email address. 

And tune in now to the Phillies-Marlins 3rd game of the series which had a very early start at 12:10pm.

Photos by Jenn

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