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Home, Not-So-Sweet Home

The Phillies probably cannot wait to hit the road.  They simple cannot score runs or win in their home ballpark as evidenced by yet another homestand sweep (0-6) this season.  It was only the fourth time in history the Phillies have been swept during a homestand where they played more than one team.  Today’s 0-2 loss to the Braves sealed the historic mark.

In fact, the most exciting thing that happened all day was the pre-game wrestling match between the Phanatic and Braves catcher, Anthony Recker.  First, there was taunting.  And then a challenge:

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Then the fight began:

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And Recker declared victory, much to the delight of his teammates.

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It was the first of two Braves wins on the day.  The second began with the sound of bats whiffing.

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And when the Phillies did make contact, not much happened.  There was yet another opportunity to score in the 5th inning, but as has been the case many, many times this year, 3rd base coach Juan Samuel held the runner, Freddy Galvis, at third on a Peter Bourjos double.  When a team is struggling this badly to score, you have got to take a shot there.  Because the odds of the next batter or two getting that run in are very slim, based on this offensive’s past behavior.  So it was just another frustrating inning.

All the while, pitcher Jake Thompson pitched extremely well, despite the lack of run support.  He allowed only one run, a Matt Kemp solo shot, over 7 innings.

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By the way, where was that hurricane we were supposed to get?  Oh wait, it was just the Braves blowing through town taking the Phillies dignity with them…sigh.

Super depressing, right?  Just to cheer you up, here are a few “fun” shots from the game.  One looks like Darin Ruf is giving birth to a baseball😉  Tommy Joseph: “Check, please!”  Galvis: “Pleeease can we get a win?  I’ll be your best friend!”

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Here is the full Photo Album from the game.

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Photos by Jenn Zambri

Asher’s Debut Does Not Go As Planned

P8304487SYou know it has been a rough day when you look back and realize the game highlight was seeing the Phanatic pinch an umpires behind.  And yes, that was as good as it got today for the Phillies who went down in flames to the Padres by a score of 4-9.

I am pretty sure when Alec Asher pictured his major league debut, this was not what he had in mind.  Asher was not awful, but allowed 4 runs in 5 2/3 innings on 8 hits and a walk.  Three of those runs were due to home runs by Matt Kemp and Justin Upton.  On the plus side, Asher’s father was able to announce his first at-bat over the PA system.  Apparently, he used to be the announcer for the Lakeland Tiger’s Class A team. 083015 Asher

The rest of the team did little to help Asher’s cause.  Of course, Cameron Rupp, who is on a home run tear, smacked another one that was very impressive.  Odubel Hererra had 4 hits, but got thrown out stealing once and leaning too far off first another time.  Beyond that, not much positive was happening.
083015 miscIn fact, the bullpen was flat out horrendous.  Hector Neris gave up a home run in one inning of work.  And Adam Loewen allowed 4 runs without ever recording an out.  And just not to be left out, Justin DeFratus allowed yet another run to score in the 9th inning.  All 3 guys have ERA’s near or above 5, with Loewen’s 9.00 being the worst.  It is really too bad because he has such great hair.  I was rooting for the hair😉 083015 pen

So the Phillies are off to New York to face the dreaded Mets again.  And with this bullpen, the prospects are bleak.  Cross your fingers…

Here is the Photo Album from the game.

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The Stars Are Out For The Phillies

It has been a very weird day for the Phillies.  For starters, Raul Ibanez returned to the team and is expected to play the next two games before the All-Star Break.  Then, Chris Coste was let go and picked up by the Houston Astros.  Coste has not had a great year off the bench and apparently, the Phillies prefer Paul Bako’s skills behind the plate as the back-up; neither Coste nor Bako have performed well offensively, so the defense was the deciding factor.  Coste is a great guy and has been a huge part of this team; he will be missed :O(

P7099034.jpgAnd then to round out the day of weirdness, Charlie Manuel chose his outfield replacement for the All-Star game – it is Jayson Werth.  Many have questioned the selection as Werth’s batting average is below many others who could have been picked, like Matt Kemp, but it is Charlie’s team and he gets to make the decision.  The Phillies have gotten screwed several times in the past with All-Star picks, like Pat Burrell last year, so I guess what comes around, goes around.  But Werth has been great and his power numbers are excellent; many players deserve to go and he is certainly one of them.  Either way, the Phillies now have 5 players headed to St. Louis :O)

Then tonight the Phillies began a series with the Pirates.  Joe Blanton had another great start and pitched through 7 1/3 innings, allowing just 1 run, a solo homer.  It was a great job by Blanton and a real boost to the starting rotation.

The offense did not score much, but got just enough to win the game for Blanton.  Werth rewarded Manuel for his All-Star decision by smacking a 2-run double in the 3rd inning.  Shane Victorino did the same for the fans who voted him in by going 3 for 4 on the night.  And Chase Utley, Mr. All-Star himself, had 1 hit, 1 walk and scored a run.  Final score was 3-2 with Brad Lidge getting the save, although another nerve-wracking one after he gave up a solo homer.  But, a win is a win :O)  We’ll take it.

By the way, for anyone who has been following the Friday Night Phever game on  with Ricky Bottallico, I just won!  Whoo Hoo!

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