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Phillies Advance To NLCS With Sweep Of The Reds

The third game of the NLDS between the Phillies and the Reds was not terribly action packed.  Both teams pitched well and hits were at a premium.  But while the game was not super exciting, the outcome certainly was.  With a victory, the Phillies swept the Reds right out of the playoffs.

As the chosen starter for game 3, Cole Hamels was anxious to show what he could do after an unbelievable no-hitter by Roy Halladay in Game 1.  Hamels pounded the strike zone all night and sent Reds back to the dugout one by one.  He allowed 5 hits while striking out 9 batters for a complete game shut-out.  No quite a no-hitter, but Hamels was amazing.  Plus, the final out was made by ex-Phillie Scott Rolen; icing on the cake.

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As for the offense, the Phillies got off to an early lead thanks to another Reds error.  As a team, the Reds have committed 7 errors in 3 games of this NLDS.  Tonight it was an Orlando Cabrera throwing error after Jayson Werth put the ball in play that cost them a run.  Cabrera had a sore rib cage and was not supposed to play.  But after some magic massages today, Cabrera was in the line-up.

About the massages, Cabrera said, “The guy’s name is Andy. I don’t know his last name.”  Do you think afterwards Cabrera left a few dollars on the bedside table and left?  Poor Andy must feel cheapened by the encounter ;o)  But we are all thankful that Cabrera felt well enough to play.  Thanks, Andy…you deserve some credit as well.

The other run for the Phillies came off the bat of Chase Utley who sent the ball to right center; it snuck over the wall for a homer.  Replay was used to verify the homer as the Reds claimed a fan interfered but ultimately, the run counted.

With Hamels holding down the Reds, the two runs were all they needed.  With the 2-0 win, the Phillies will advance to the NLCS against either the Giants or the Braves, depending on the outcome of that series.  The Giants currently lead the series, 2-1.

 

Photo by Jenn Zambri Photography

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Oswalt Falters But Phillies Pull Off The Comeback Win

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The Phillies started the postseason with 2 pitchers named Roy in the first 2 games.  In each of those games, the 2 Roy’s were polar opposites in terms of performance and results.  Roy Halladay pitched a no-hitter in his first ever playoff game.  Roy Oswalt on the other hand, with prior playoff experience, did not pitch well at all.  But all is well that ends well as the Phillies went on to win anyway. 

At the start of the game, Oswalt looked pretty bad.  He threw balls right down the middle of the plate and the Reds did not miss them.  Oswalt surrendered 3 earned runs and 1 unearned on 5 hits and a walk.  Chase Utley made 2 throwing errors in the 2nd inning, which is very odd for Utley, and that cost Oswalt the unearned run.

Between the errors, ineffective pitching and lack of hitting, things looked grim for the Phillies early on.  They were not able to scratch out any runs until the bottom of the 5th when 2 Reds errors plus an Utley single scored 2 runs.  Utley redeemed himself and, making him feel even better, the Reds equaled his screw-ups.  Even better, one of the errors was from ex-Phillie Scott Rolen, which the fans enjoyed a lot.  Rolen has been booed mercilessly these past two games.  No love lost between him and Philadelphia…

Things got stranger in the 6th; Carlos Ruiz was hit in the knee with a pitch by another ex-Phillie, Arthur Rhodes.  Ruiz seemed to be fine and Rhodes was lifted from the game.  Pitcher Logan Ondrusek replaced Rhodes and only 3 pitches later, he nailed pinch-hitter Ben Francisco in the head to load the bases.  Luckily for Francisco, he moved his head quick enough that the ball hit the brim of the helmet.  So although it looked very scary, he was okay.  Shane Victorino walked next to score a run.

So while all this was pretty entertaining, the Phillies were still down 4-3 going into the 7th.  Utley was hit by a pitch for the 3rd erroneous toss by a Reds pitcher.  Things began to go seriously downhill for the Reds when, with 1 out, they brought in their flame throwing rookie, Aroldis Chapman.  With 100+ mph balls flying, it was the Reds fielders who got rattled instead of the Phillies batters…

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missed a fairly easy fly ball off the bat of Jimmy Rollins and then Brandon Phillips dropped the relay throw, allowing 2 runs to score.  Ruiz hit into a fielder’s choice a little later, but it scored another run.  Also in this inning, Mike Sweeney made his postseason debut as a pinch hitter and singled to left.  Having waited 16 years to reach the playoffs, that hit had to feel amazing for Sweeney.  By the way, join us at my “I Want A Hug From Mike Sweeney” Facebook page for more Sweeney fun :O)

So the Reds had 4 errors through 7 innings in this game, which the Phillies then led by a score of 6-4.  Ryan Madson erased the Reds in the top of the 8th.  In the bottom half, Utley singled and stole a base, still determined to erase the errors from everyone’s minds.  Jayson Werth knocked him in to add on an insurance run for a 7-4 lead.

That set up the 9th for Brad Lidge.  Despite walking the first batter he faced and making the fans grumble, Lidge buckled down and got the next 3 batter out to put the Phillies up 2 games to none in the NLDS.  The Phillies are one win away from advancing!  Cole Hamels will pitch in Cincinnati on Sunday at 7:00pm.

 

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NLDS Roster Announced


6a00e5513d181b8834013487fe1fcf970c-350wi.pngThe Phillies announced today who will be on the 25-man roster for the NLDS and there are really no surprises.  Those notable players who did not make it include Kyle Kendrick, Danys Baez and David Herndon.  Here is the breakdown:

Pitchers

Roy Halladay

Roy Oswalt

Cole Hamels

Joe Blanton

Brad Lidge

Ryan Madson

Jose Contreras

 J.C. Romero

Chad Durbin

Antonio Bastardo

 

Catchers

Carlos Ruiz

Brian Schneider

 

Infielders                            Outfielders

Ryan Howard

Jayson Werth

Chase Utley

Shane Victorino

Jimmy Rollins

Raul Ibanez

Placido Polanco

Ben Francisco

Wilson Valdez

Ross Gload

Mike Sweeney

Domonic Brown

Greg Dobbs

 

 

Going with 10 pitchers instead of 11 allows the Phillies to add more fire power to the bench.  They expect the 3 starters to go deep into games so extra long men in the pen will likely not be necessary.  Blanton will fill the role if needed.

As for Ruiz and Romero, manager Charlie Manuel says both players are fine and ready to play after suffering minor injuries on Sunday.

If you are going to the game tomorrow, here is the information about pre-game festivities and other highlights:

2:00 p.m. – Phillies Postseason Party begins on Citizens Bank Way. Features music by Mr. Greengenes; Highlights include an inflatable obstacle course for children, face painters, an extreme rock wall climb and a Velcro race.

2:35 p.m.
Ashburn Alley opens.

3:05 p.m.
All gates open. Rally towels for all fans, compliments of StubHub.

3:30 p.m. – Phillies Postseason Rally on Citizens Bank Way! Special guests include former Phillies Scott Eyre and Greg “The Bull” Luzinski, Comcast SportsNet analyst Ricky Bottalico, the Phillie Phanatic and Phillies Ballgirls. Music provided by Mr. Greengenes; Scott Palmer, Phillies Director of Public Affairs, will emcee.

4:40 p.m. – On-field pre-game ceremony begins.

4:44 p.m. – Introduction of Cincinnati Reds.

4:48 p.m. – Introduction of Philadelphia Phillies.

4:54 p.m.  - National Anthem: Sung by country singer Catherine Raney, niece of Tim McGraw, who will be representing the Tug McGraw Foundation.

4:56 p.m.  - Color Guard introduced.

4:58 p.m. – Ceremonial First Pitch: Phillies alumnus Scott Eyre.

5:07 p.m.  - Play ball! Phillies vs. Reds game begins.

5th Inning – “Lady PhaPha” makes her postseason debut.

7th Inning – God Bless America: Sung by national recording artist Lauren Hart, a Philadelphia native whose songs have been heard on television series and soap operas.

See you there!

Phillies Win 4th Consecutive NL East Title

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For the fourth consecutive year, the Philadelphia Phillies have won the National League East title.  It is the first time they have won 4 straight in Phillies history.  They also currently hold the best record in the league with a record of 94-63.  Roy Halladay took the mound tonight at Nationals Park in search of his 21st win of the year; he got that win plus his first division title and will play in the postseason for the first time in his 13-year career.

Not only that, but Halladay accomplished the feat by pitching a complete game shut-out against the Nats.  Halladay only allowed 2 hits, did not walk a batter and struck out 6.  He even avoided having his head chopped off by a wild pitch while batting in the 9th.  The bat saved him as the ball ricocheted off it.

The offense early on was provided mostly by Jayson Werth.  Werth homered in the 2nd and then drove in 2 more runs with a double in the 6th.  Carlos Ruiz then doubled Werth home to give the Phillies a 4-0 lead over the Nats.  But the real explosion came in the 9th where they scored 4 more runs, all with 2 outs in the inning.  Placido Polanco, Chase Utley and Werth all collected RBI’s in the 9th.

The bottom of the 9th went by quickly as Halladay knocked the Nats down to clinch the division.  He hesitated for a moment before celebrating after the final out; either he was soaking it in, or he was just not sure it was really happening.  After the game, Halladay told Gary Matthews, “It was fun but it’s only going to get funner.”  Halladay is amazing…he is totally allowed to make up his own word ;o)

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE NL EAST CHAMPION PHILLIES!!

 

J-Roll Update

By the way, many Phillies fans have been wondering, where is J-Roll? 

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Manager Charlie Manuel has said a few times this week that we are going to see a start from Jimmy Rollins who has been nursing a hamstring injury.  He finally pinch hit on Sunday but was supposed to start today and did not due to “rain.”  Yes, they are being so careful with J-Roll that he cannot play in rain.  Is he made of china or is this just extreme precaution?  Or perhaps he has been kidnapped, trapped under a heavy object or tied up with Duct tape?  Hmmm….  Manuel says now he will start tomorrow…we shall see.

With the division all tied up, not only should Rollins get some playing time, but expect to see many bench players getting tuned up for the playoffs while the regulars get some rest.  The Phils have 2 more games in DC and 3 in Atlanta.  Tomorrow’s game time is 7:05pm.  In the meantime, pop the champagne…time to celebrate!

Big, Beautiful Baseball

The Phillies are off tonight after sweeping the Braves in three games and winning 10 straight.  Up 6 games in the NL East, the Phillies Magic Number to clinch is down to 4 with 9 games to go.  The month of September has been amazing for this team; they are now poised to not only take the division, but earn home field advantage as well.  It won’t be long now before we see how the playoff picture will work out.

In the meantime, without any baseball to watch tonight, I was a little bored.  I started to think about the word “baseball” which somehow got me on a roll about baseball words that start with the letter “B.”  Have you ever noticed how many “B” words there are in this game?  Oh yes, I feel a list coming on….

“B” words directly related to the game:

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Baseball

·        Ballpark

·        Bat

·        Batter

·        Batting helmet

·        Batting cage

·        Batting gloves

·        Bat boy

·        Ball

·        Base

·        Base runner

·        Base hit

·        Box (as in, batter’s box)

·        Baseline

·        Backstop

·        Bullpen

·        Bench

·        Bleachers

·        Bunt

·        Balk

·        Breaking ball

·        Blown save

 

And here are some “B” words you will find around most parks, some specific to Philly.  And some are stretching just a bit:

 

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Broadcast booth

·        Broadcasters

·        Bell (as in, Liberty Bell in centerfield)

·        Broad Street

·        Billboards

·        Bull’s BBQ

·        Big screen (Phantavision)

·        Banners

·        Brick wall

·        Bobbleheads

·        BEER

·        Bubble gum

·        Buttons (on the uniforms)

·        Buns…as in, hot dog buns…what were YOU thinking?? ;o)

·        Blue (umpires)

·        Bottled water

·        Birds

·        Bugs

·        Beard (THE Beard…as in Jayson Werth)

 

Ok, I have to draw the line at Werth’s Beard.  Can you think of any I missed?  Feel free to comment below.  Also feel free to let me know that I officially have no life, since I had time to think of all that ;o)

 

 

Photos by Jenn Zambri Photography

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Phillies Sweep Braves! Magic Number = 4

The Phillies offense had their hands full tonight against a very good pitcher in Tommy Hanson.  They did not manage a hit off Hanson until the 5th inning and totaled only 2 hits during his 6 innings of work.  But with Roy Oswalt on the mound for the Phillies, the Braves kept running into a similar brick wall.


Oswalt flamethrower.jpgOswalt gave up his first and only hit allowed in the 4th inning; it was a double from Martin Prado.  No other Brave could figure him out.  Oswalt went 7 innings with just the one hit, no runs and struck out 8 batters.  It looked like he was wielding a flamethrower.

And the team needed this performance out of Oswalt because they were getting nothing done on the offensive.  Several times, they put men on base, but could not take advantage.  In the 5th, with 2 men in scoring position and 2 outs, Shane Victorino went down looking at a fastball right down the middle.  In the 6th, Ryan Howard was called out on a ball that catcher Brain McCann had to raise his glove above his head to catch.  How that was a strike, apparently, only the umpire knows.

But that was the way it went all night long until Raul Ibanez finally put the Phillies on the board in the 8th inning.  The Ibanez double scored Jayson Werth who had walked.  With a slim 1-0 lead, the Phils went into the 9th with Brad Lidge again.

Contrary to a very long stretch earlier in the year, Lidge had been “Light’s Out” lately.  If anyone had said that he would make it through the year with his job intact back then, most may have laughed.  But Lidge took what looked like a bad, injury-plagued year and turned it around…just in time.  Tonight, he recorded his 26th save in 31 opportunities.

This 3-game sweep of the Braves puts the Phillies 6 games ahead in the division with only 4 wins and/or combination of Braves loses to clinch.  The Phillies are now 18 and 3 in the month of September…amazing!  There is a well deserved day off tomorrow and then on Friday, the Mets come to town for 3 games.  The Phillies could clinch this weekend, at home.  How awesome would that be?  Go Phillies!

 

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Halladay Wins #20; Phillies Extend Division Lead

Four games ahead in the division, the Phillies were poised to deliver a serious gut punch to the Braves tonight.  A victory would ensure a series win and reduce the Phillies magic number to 6.  With Roy Halladay set to pitch, the Phillies had to feel pretty good about their chances.

In the first inning, Halladay looked like he was firing bullets out of his arm.  He set the Braves down in order on only 6 pitches.  But after that, the struggles began and Halladay had issues with his control.  But in typical Halladay style, he worked in and out of jams to keep the game close.
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Despite the difficulties, Halladay made it through 7 innings while allowing 3 runs.  It was enough to earn him his 20th win of the season; no pitcher has reached that mark in the National League since 2005.  For the Phillies, the last time was in 1982 when Steve Carlton had 23 wins. 

So while tonight was not Halladay’s best effort, the poor man does look awfully tired after pitching 241 2/3 innings so far this year.  And with 20 wins, it is hard to complain.  With any luck, the Phillies can clinch the division early and give the Doc some much needed rest.

The offense was a little sluggish as well tonight, leaving 12 men on base.  But for the 2nd time this week, Jayson Werth came through at just the right time with a 3-run homer in the 3rd inning.  An even bigger clutch hit came with a 3-2 score in the 6th inning; Raul Ibanez smashed a 2-run double with 2 outs.  That gave the Phillies a bit more cushion to work with.

The defense was key to the team’s success as well.  Just like last night, the Phillies turned 3 great double plays to help out their pitchers.  Wilson Valdez almost had another one in the 5th, but Rick Ankiel charged 2nd with his hands up and Valdez hit him in the arm with the attempted throw to first.  It probably could have been called interference as Ankiel did not go straight for the bag, but the Phils had to settle for one out there.

Up by a score of 5-3 in the 8th, it was up to Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge to finish off the win.  Madson benefited from one of the double plays in the 8th, helping to get him out of the inning.  And Lidge pitched another great 9th inning to save the game.

So to recap, the Phillies are FIVE games ahead in the division with the magic number of 6 to win the division!  Game 3 with the Braves is tomorrow at 7:05pm…let’s go for the SWEEP!!!

 

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Walk-Off Win Maintains Phillies NL East Lead

Until the 9th inning today, it looked like the Phillies may lose a game in the standings, where they lead the Braves by 3 games.  Down 6-3 against the Nationals, a win and a 3-game sweep look unlikely.  But if you have ever seen this Phillies team play, you know never to say never.

Joe Blanton appeared to be cruising right along at the start of the game.  But that dreaded 6th inning came creeping up on him and Blanton did his Jekyll and Hyde routine and became Blah-anton.  With 2 outs in the inning, he allowed a 3-run homer to give the Nats a 4-3 lead.  So close, yet so far….Blanton has had issues in the 6th inning of games all year long.

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The Phillies had some issues hitting Yunesky Maya, a rookie whom they have never faced.  Generally, this offense struggles against new pitchers.  It took until the 4th inning for them to figure him out when a Brian Schneider double scored their first 2 runs.  Then a Jayson Werth single scored Placido Polanco in the 5th.

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But drama unfolded in the 6th when Shane Victorino struck out on a check swing.  He got upset and tossed his helmet and bat.  3rd base umpire Angel Hernandez either did not like the outburst or maybe Victorino said something and he threw Victorino out of the game.  For now, the details are unclear.  Victorino’s reaction, on the other hand, was easy to spot:

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Victorino pushed past the home plate ump and ran towards Hernandez.  3rd base coach Sam Perlozzo had to restrain him while manager Charlie Manuel ran out to see what was going on.  No one knows yet what the consequences will be for Victorino, but it was a bonehead move on his part.  Victorino should have controlled himself.  Now we wait to see what happens next…

The Phils offense went to sleep for 2 innings after that while the bullpen gave up 2 more runs.  The 6-3 deficit looked insurmountable based on the way the Phils were playing…until the 9th inning.  Polanco singled, Chase Utley doubled and Ryan Howard singled to score both runners.  Howard was hitless to that point, so it was a huge boost for both him and the whole team.  Werth stepped to the plate and smashed a walk-off home run, giving the Phillies an improbable 7-6 win.

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With this win today and the Braves also winning, the Phillies maintain their 3-game lead over the Braves in the NL East.  The real fun begins tomorrow night when the Phils start a 3-game series with the Braves that has massive playoff implications.  With 12 games to go, the Phillies need a combination of wins and/or Braves losses equal to 10 to clinch.  These next 3 games are HUGE.

In the meantime, check out the Photo Album from today’s game which includes the game, the Philadelphia Zoo at the ballpark and the Paul Owens minor league awards presentation.  Scott Mathieson won the Best Pitcher award and Domonic Brown won the Best Player award.

 

Photos by Jenn Zambri Photography

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September Swatting Of The Nats

Leading the NL East by 3 games, the Phillies started a very important home stand tonight.  And while the Nationals are in last place, it seems that the Phillies, like the Braves last week, always struggle against this team.  That was not the case tonight.


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had a shaky start, allowing a run in the first inning.  But after that, he got out his fly swatter and smacked the happy right out of the Nats.  Over the next 5 innings, Oswalt did not allow another run.  He struck out 7 and walked only one batter over 6 total innings.

Oswalt was even a threat with the bat tonight.  In the bottom of the 1st, the Phillies went on a swatting spree, knocking Nats pitcher Jason Marquis all over the yard.  Of 6 singles in the inning, one of them was from Oswalt who also collected his first RBI of the year on that hit.  Later, Oswalt reached base again on a Nats error.

After 2 runs had scored in the first with one out, Wilson Valdez tried his best to hit into his 20th double play of the year.  But his attempt was thwarted by the 2nd base umpire who got nicked with the ball, which then ricocheted away from the Nats fielder.  One run scored before it was called a dead ball and the Phillies went on to score 6 runs in the inning.  Who says umpires cannot be helpful?

Every starter in the game got a hit, except poor Chase Utley who had a hit stolen when first baseman Adam Dunn did a belly flop on a ball smacked up the 1st base line.  It wasn’t pretty, but it was an out.  It was also one of the few bright spots for the Nats who must have had sore backsides after getting swatted all night.

Although Valdez, with his stellar defense, prefers the head shot for a quick kill:

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Jayson Werth and Raul Ibanez led the offense with 2 hits and 2 RBI each; one of Werth’s hits was a solo homer.  Carlos Ruiz also had 2 RBI on a home run in the 8th that extended the Phillies lead to 9-1.  The bullpen held down the lead so the Phillies will remain 3 games in front of the Braves.

Tomorrow night at 7:05pm, the Phillies will try to repeat tonight’s performance with Kyle Kendrick on the mound.

 

Photos by Jenn Zambri Photography

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Hamels Pitches Phillies To A Close Win

How do the Phillies score 11 runs on a Monday and then look like they have never lifted a bat on a Tuesday?  The short answer is, that’s baseball.  However, the Phillies hitters have gone through very odd stretches of offensive offense this year.  For example, when they go 0 for 11 with runners in scoring position like tonight, it is a real head scratcher.

More difficult to bear than the lack of production was watching Cole Hamels pitch another gem while wondering why this team cannot squeeze out some runs for him.  Hamels was not incredibly sharp tonight, but he was still very effective.  In 6 2/3 innings, Hamels allowed only one run while striking out 13 Marlins batters.

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The two runs managed by the offense came from a Placido Polanco double in the first and a Jayson Werth ground out in the 5th that scored Shane Victorino.  Overall, the Phillies had only 5 hits, left 12 men on base and grounded into double plays twice.  Wilson Valdez hit in double play #19 on the year which, for under 300 at-bats, has to be some sort of record.  Of course, Valdez has done an admirable job filling in for Jimmy Rollins this year and had one of the 5 hits tonight.

So with the offense stuttering, the Phillies bullpen would have to hold down a very slim 2-1 lead.  Chad Durbin closed out the 7th and Ryan Madson handled the 8th, despite putting 2 runners on base.  But all the bullpen drama this year is taking its toll on my health.  Let me paint a picture for you with a quick quiz:

“Watching the Phillies bullpen pitch in a close, 1-run game makes me want to…”

A – Vomit

B – Consult a psychiatrist to determine why the bullpen is making me insane.

C – Crawl in a dark hole and bang my head against the wall until I pass out.

D – All of the above

If you guessed D, you are either a genius or a Phillies fan….or, perhaps both. ;o)

On that note, we move on to the 9th inning; it was Brad Lidge time.  After swallowing a bottle of Tums and debating how many glasses of wine would make this inning easier for me to get through, I finally glued myself to the couch and prepared for the inevitable roller coaster ride.

And yet, the ride was more of a carousel than a roller coaster.  Lidge plowed through the Fish, earning the save and give the Phillies the 2-1 win.  Also, the Braves lost tonight which means the Phils are 2 games ahead of the Braves!

Roy Halladay will go for the sweep tomorrow night…game time is 7:10pm!

 

Photo by Jenn Zambri Photography

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