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Where Is The Love?

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Ruben Amaro Jr. is off to a great start; well, a great start in totally confusing and possibly pissing off Phillies fans everywhere!  Amaro & company declined to offer arbitration to ANY of the four eligible players, including Jamie Moyer and Pat Burrell.  I expected as much for Tom Gordon and Rudy Seanez, but the other two are surprising.  By not offering arbitration to Moyer or Burrell, they have just given every other team in Major League Baseball a super incentive to sign them:  If you sign a player who has NOT been offered arbitration, then you do not have to give up any draft picks when signing that player away from his current team.  And in the same respect, the Phillies will get nothing if another team picks up one of our players.  So I ask then, where is the love for Moyer & Burrell?

The other side of this is that if Moyer or Burrell were actually to go to arbitration, they may have gotten salaries beyond what the Phillies want to pay for them.  I guess after getting burned on Ryan Howard’s arbitration last year where he was awarded 10 million dollars, they did not want to take this risk.  But I also think that not offering the arbitration may be sending a signal to these players that management does not mind so much if they do not return to the Phillies; and that may turn out to be a real issue.  It also makes signing new players more difficult.  For example, both A.J. Burnett and Derek Lowe (pitchers) were offered arbitration by their teams.  So, the Phillies will lose draft picks if they decided to sign one of these guys.  And since they now gain nothing for losing Moyer to another team, they will be unlikely to sign a guy to replace him, like Burnett or Lowe, who has been offered arbitration.  If they did that, they lose draft picks and Moyer…it’s a double blow.

Last week, the Phillies did sign veteran reliever Mike Koplove; a 32-year old with a career ERA of 3.82 in the majors.  However, they expect him to spend a lot of time in AAA, as he did for most of his career.  So, why do the Phillies sign a 32-year old minor leaguer?  For the same reason they skipped arbitration for Moyer and Burrell this year – the Phillies management are CHEAP.  I guess they figured we won our World Series and that will be enough for the next 28 years.

Now say it with me everyone…take a deep breath and let it out….UUGGHHHHHH!!!!!!

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Burrell Not At Top Of The List

Apparently, new GM Ruben Amaro Jr. has more important things on his mind these days than left field.  With the Phillies having exclusive bargaining rights with Pat Burrell until this Friday, it is somewhat surprising that they have yet to even contact him. 
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However, Burrell continues to make his presence known.  Yesterday, he showed up at the Eagles game along with Cole Hamels to participate in the pre-game coin toss.  They were given a very warm ovation from the crowd.  I am guessing they needed it…Burrell looks like he is freezing!

Burrell has expressed more than a few times that he wants to remain in Philadelphia.  He was quoted by the Philadelphia Inquirer as saying, “I think it’s been very clear that I want to stay, and they know that. But at the same time, I don’t know what the direction of the organization is. Either way, I’ve got nothing but positive things and thanks to say to the organization for my time here. And obviously, this past couple weeks has been the end of it all. I want to be back, but I don’t know what’s going to happen.”  The issue is rumored to be number of years as opposed to salary, although with 10 arbitration eligible players on their list, the Phillies front office has got to have dollar signs in mind as well.  Ryan Howard and Cole Hamels are both going to want hefty salaries, and that is only 2 of the 10.  Not to mention we have another 8.5 million that will be thrown away, yet again, on a useless Adam Eaton.

What is at the top of the Phillies’ wish list is left-handed pitching, more specifically re-signing both Jamie Moyer and Scott Eyre.  They will most likely get these deals done before all others.  Amaro does seem prepared to sail this ship without Burrell…he has mentioned Greg Dobbs on more than one occasion as a replacement.  He even compared the Dobbs situation to Jayson Werth’s, who really blossomed once he became a starter.  Amaro said that “sometimes all a guy needs is a chance,” when referring to starting Dobbs in left field.  So just like we were forced to part ways with Aaron Rowand last off-season, so may we be in the same boat with Burrell this year.  Hey…maybe he’ll go to the Giants to hang with Rowand?  They certainly don’t mind signing long term deals… :o)

Here’s one more photo from the Eagles game…their wives are going to LOVE this one!

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Phillies Lead The Series 2-1

Fans waited through an hour and a half rain delay before Game 3 of the World Series began.  And it was worth the wait.  It took until nearly 2:00am Sunday morning to finish it off, but the Phillies came out with the win to go ahead in the series, 2-1.  I did predict that the weather would be a factor in this game for the Rays and it was – the delay kept all of the youngsters on the Rays team up WAY past their bedtime! J


P8207990 Moyer.jpgJamie Moyer, who is old enough to stay up late, got the job done tonight, not only with his pitching, but his fielding as well.  Too bad the 1st base umpire decided not to count the play.  In the 7th inning, Moyer dove on the ground to scoop up a bunt by Carl Crawford, he shuffled the ball to Ryan Howard with his glove and Howard caught the ball bear-handed.  The replay showed Crawford was out by a whole step, and yet the umpire called him safe.  The next batter hit a double, giving the Rays runners on 2nd and 3rd with no outs, instead of a man on 2nd with one out.  BIG difference; a couple of ground balls later, and the Rays had 2 runs in.  Crawford never should have scored.  I am SO disgusted by the umpiring in this series.  In Game 2, the home plate ump screwed up TWO calls…I won’t even get into the wacky hand motion on the wall he gave to Baldelli, but when Jimmy Rollins had a pitch hit his uniform (watch the replay), he did NOT give Rollins the base and he wound up popping out.  Now, would Jimmy have scored if that did not happen?  Who knows.  But the extra run today was clearly the fault of the 1st base ump.  When is MLB going to make these umpires accountable for their mistakes?  Sure, I understand human error; but calls that are blatantly missed and change the score of the game, like this one today, should never happen.  It is truly disgusting.

Many people were worried about Jamie Moyer going into the game tonight, as his last 2 outings were not good.  I wasn’t worried; Jamie has been waiting his entire career for this day and he was not going to blow it.  And the young Rays hitters like to swing, which works to Moyer’s favor.  He wound up pitching 6 1/3 innings, giving up 3 earned runs on 5 hits and one walk; he also struck out 5 batters.  Chad Durbin and Scott Eyre combined to close out the 7th inning and Ryan Madson took the 8th.  Madson gave up an infield single to BJ Upton and then for some reason, the Phillies decided not to pay any attention to him being on base.  He stole 2nd base without any attempt to throw him out and then he stole 3rd as no one was watching.  Carlos Ruiz committed a throwing error on the steal, the ball got away from Pedro Feliz and Upton scored to tie the game 4-4.

The Phillies offense looked a bit sleepy again and they missed a huge opportunity in the 1st inning.  With Jayson Werth on 3rd and only one out, Ryan Howard struck out and Pat Burrell flied to center.  They did get one run in the inning, but should have had at least one more if Howard could have just made contact.  He did hit a home run in the 6th inning, as he and Chase Utley went back-to-back.  Then with the game tied in the 8th, they blew another opportunity to score.  Werth walked and stole 2nd base; only a few pitches later, he got picked off and then Utley proceeded to strike out.  Howard did the same and ended the inning. In the ninth inning, JC Romero who pitched part of the 8th, remained in to pitch.  Usually in a tie game in the 9th, the home team will put in their closer (Lidge), assuming they expect their offense to score in the bottom of the 9th.  Charlie Manuel did not do this, which shows a real lack of confidence in his hitters.

So with the game still tied, the bottom of the 9th wound up being a wild one:  Eric Bruntlett got hit by a pitch; with Shane Victorino up, Bruntlett went to 2nd on a wild pitch and then advanced to 3rd when the throw to 2nd flew right on by the infield.  The Rays then intentionally walked both Victorino and Greg Dobbs to bring up Carlos Ruiz with the bases loaded and no outs.  Ruiz hit a short grounder to Evan Longoria who could not make the play to home – Bruntlett scored!  Game over – Phillies win 5-4.  Whew!

Well, I am going to attempt to get some sleep now so I will be awake to drive to the game tomorrow J  if you are going, I’ll see ya there!  Go Phillies!

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Pitching Carries The Phils To A Win In Game 1

Is there a doctor in the house?  Because by the end of this game, I was positive I would need someone to resuscitate me; Surely, I was going to be rendered unconscious due to the excessive stress.  Is there some kind of pill I can take to remain calm during what is going to be a VERY tight series?  If so, please pass the pharmaceuticals.

It was looking good in the first inning when Chase Utley nailed a 2 run homer over the right field wall.  And in the 4th, Carlos Ruiz manufactured a run, driving in Shane Victorino from third as Ruiz was thrown out at first; the only real productive out of the night.  At that point it was 3-0, Phillies.  But the Rays slowly started to creep back into the game, giving me a real bad tummy ache L


PA014651 hamels.jpg Cole Hamels seemed disgusted with himself after giving up a solo homer to Carl Crawford in the bottom of the 4th inning, which made the score 3-1, but he has nothing to hang his head over.  He did his job tonight and did it well.  Hamels continued his post-season dominance by pitching 7 innings, allowing only 2 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks.  Ryan Madson came in with a 3-2 Phillies lead and pitched a perfect 8th inning.  That was the one point in the game where, thanks to Madson, I did not feel lightheaded or dizzy.  Or perhaps it was just the pills kicking in…
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Why the stress?  The Phillies squandered many scoring opportunities in this game, which added to my potential heart failure.  A few players tried to get rallies started – Utley, Jayson Werth and Pedro Feliz were all on base 3 times each, but no one could knock them in.  By the end of the game, the team had gone 0 for 13 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men on base.  Jimmy Rollins alone made the last out of an inning 3 times, all with runners on base.  Ryan Howard was just as bad, going 0 for 4 with 3 strikeouts, and again, ALL 3 K’s came with runners on base.  Of course, on the other side of the fence, BJ Upton of the Rays hit into 2 double plays in his first 2 at bats.  Hey, thanks BJ!  You are my favorite Ray of the day…a Ray of sunshine to all Phillies fans J 

Essentially what I am saying here is that the Phillies need to do A LOT better with runners on base if they are going to contend.  If Howard and Pat Burrell would stop swinging at pitches in the dirt, that would be “a good start,” as Joe Buck likes to say.  I actually counted how many times Buck said either “good” or “bad” start at the beginning of an inning tonight and gave up counting after I got to 7.  It got boring.  Anyway, what would this team do without Brad Lidge?!  He came in for the 9th inning and sent the Rays down in order, saving the day once again!  Lidge is awesome!

So the Phils come away with the win, doing what they have done all year.  When the big guys aren’t getting it done, the rest of the team steps up and makes it happen.  This, of course, will not do wonders for anyone’s health, but it does make for some exciting baseball.  And I am guessing that, despite the shaky offense, Joe Buck would call this game a “good start” to the series for the Phillies.  Ok, I’ll go along.  You the man, Mr. Buck!  Go Phillies!

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See-Saw Battle Ends In A Phillies Win; Phils Lead Series 3-1

The Phillies started this game off right, with J-Roll hitting a lead-off single and Jayson Werth following with another.  Chase Utley stepped to the plate next and whacked a double, which scored Rollins.  Ryan Howard hit a ball to 2nd base for an out, but it scored Werth.  Pat Burrell walked and then with one out, Shane Victorino followed up by hitting into a double play to end the threat.  The Phillies could have had at least one more run if Shane could have gotten the ball out of the infield, but he’d make up for it later on.

Joe Blanton, after pitching 4 innings of one-run baseball, nearly blew it in the 5th inning.  He walked Rafael Furcal to start the inning and then Andre Ethier singles to bring up Manny Ramirez.  And as expected, Ramirez came up with the big hit to score the tying run.  Russell Martin grounded out, but it scored another run.  The inning ended on a double play, but the damage was done.  The Phillies were then down 3-2.  Blanton’s ERA on the night was 5.40 on 7 hits and 4 walks through 5 innings.

The next inning, the Phillies had an opportunity to get back into the game:  Howard walked, Burrell singled, Victorino bunted them over and then, for some unknown reason, Charlie Manuel decides to pull Greg Dobbs and bat Pedro Feliz???  Ok, I know he was thinking pitching match-ups, but the Dodgers are perfectly capable of switching pitchers, which they did.  Result:  Feliz pops out, no runs score!  Dobbs is a much better hitter, regardless of pitcher, and would have been much more likely to drive a ball deep for a sac fly or, even better, get a hit.  This was a mistake if you ask me.  But, pitcher Chan Ho Park threw a wild pitch to Carlos Ruiz which allowed Howard to score anyway, tying up the game again.  Thanks, Mr. Park!  Then another fun move by Manuel – he announces lefty Geoff Jenkins as the pinch hitter after Ruiz walks, which again, prompted another pitching change.  Then, Manuel feels the need to burn another bench player by using So Taguchi in place of Jenkins.  Result: Taguchi flies out to end the inning.  Now, I am no psychic, but I could have told you that was going to happen.  Taguchi has been useless all season.  Why would the post-season be any different?

And that brings us to the bottom of the 6th where Chad Durbin takes over.  First batter – home run.  Second batter hits a double, and then Durbin walks the third.  At this point, Phillies fans everywhere are screaming at their TV’s.  Durbin was pulled for Scott Eyre: Furcal bunts; Howard fields it and then throws the ball away trying to get him out at first!  Another run scores and the runners move up to 2nd & 3rd – still NO outs.  Howard has done nothing with his bat this series and NOW he is driving us all nuts with his defense, which was consistently awful all year.  Back to this nerve-wracking inning: Eyre got the next batter to line out and then gave the intentional walk to Ramirez.  Ryan Madson came in to face Martin with the bases loaded and luckily, on a sharply hit line drive, Utley caught it and was able to pull off an amazing solo double play as he caught Furcal wandering too far off 2nd base.  The score after 6 innings was 5-3, Dodgers.

Are you freaking out yet?  Well, thank you Shane Victorino 
PA024989 Victorino.jpg for putting us all out of our misery!  Shane whacked a 2-run homer in the 8th inning to tie up the game.  You gotta love the Flyin’ Hawaiian!  But wait, there’s more…with 2 outs, Carlos Ruiz singles and then Matt Stairs comes on to pinch hit.  Joe Torre decides to put in Jonathan Broxton to pitch to Stairs with Ruiz on base.  Broxton had not surrendered a home run since July 2006.  So, what does Stairs do?  Hits a 2-run homer off him!  And just like that, the Phillies are back in the lead, 7-5 after possibly, the biggest pinch hit of the year.

On to the bottom of the 8th: JC Romero gets the first 2 outs and then, in a move that, honestly, I did not particularly agree with, Manuel brings in Brad Lidge to pitch to Ramirez.  All I kept thinking was, if Ramirez gets a hit or a home run, you do not want Ramirez to become the new Albert Pujols in the mind of Lidge.  Not to mention, Lidge has not pitched more than one inning all year and will have to pitch the 9th as well.  Anyway, as I predicted, Ramirez hits a double off Lidge, extending the inning.  The adventure continued as Martin struck out swinging, but it was a wild pitch that went far past Ruiz and Russell is safe at 1st while Ramirez moves up to 3rd.  James Loney batted next and luckily, he flied out to left to end the near-disaster.  Now, Lidge has already tossed 15 pitches going into the 9th with your only other option being Clay Condrey or JA Happ (maybe, as he pitched 3 innings yesterday) if Lidge gets into trouble.

The Phillies went down easily in the bottom of the 9th, despite a lead-off hit by Utley, who wound up going 3 for 5 in the game with 1 RBI.  So, on to the bottom half with Lidge coming out to try and save the game.  And despite my reservations, Lidge did not disappoint.  He knocked the Dodgers down in order and the Phillies won, 7-5.  The Phillies are now 85-0 when leading after the 8th inning, including the post-season (79-0, regular season).  The Phils are now up in the series 3-1 and need only 1 more win over 3 possible games to go to the World Series!  Day off tomorrow; Game 5 on Weds. At 8:22pm.  Go Phillies!  ONE MORE GAME!!!!!!!!!! J

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Bad Behavior – Phillies Lose Game 3

Jamie Moyer lasted only 1 1/3 innings and surrendered 6 earned runs on 6 hits, one of which was a solo home run.  Moyer clearly did not have it tonight and the Dodgers looked confident against him, which did not help.  Clay Condrey was brought in to finish the 2nd inning and did so without allowing another run.  After that, JA Happ was called on to give the Phillies some innings.  Happ went 3 innings and allowed one run.  The bullpen handled the rest and did not surrender a run, but the offense could not catch up and the Phils went down 7-2.

Things got really interesting in the 3rd inning when the Dodgers pitcher, Hiroki Kuroda, threw a pitch right at Shane Victorino’s 
PA024924 Victorino.jpg head.  Luckily, he missed and warnings were issued, but Shane was really upset.  He began yelling at the pitcher, the catcher and everyone on the Dodgers bench to throw at his ribs and not at his head.  And who can blame him.  The benches cleared and Manny Ramirez tried to go after JC Romero, but was held back by his teammates.  All this seems to be a carry-over from Friday when Brett Myers threw a ball behind Ramirez.  He said the ball slipped and because of how far off target he was and how wild Myers is to begin with, it’s believable.  And earlier tonight, Moyer hit Russell Martin on the knee and in his next at bat, Condrey got too close for his taste as a pitch sailed under his chin.  First of all, Moyer does NOT hit people on purpose.  He was just trying to go inside, same as Condrey was.  Perhaps the Phillies feel Martin can’t hit the inside pitch?  And what made it all even more amusing was that Chad Durbin also wound up hitting Martin in the 7th trying to go in on him.  The umpire saw that it was a breaking ball and therefore, not intentional, so he did not eject Durbin. But the Dodgers, it seems, prefer to take it all personally and act like children, instead of like adults.  You get pitched inside – that’s baseball.  Get over it.

The Phillies threatened to rally in the 7th with three hits in a row from Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Pat Burrell, which scored one run with no outs.  But, with 2 men still on base, Jayson Werth struck out, Pedro Feliz flew out to center and Greg Dobbs hit a ball right up the middle, which is usually a hit, but the short stop was playing near the bag and threw Dobbs out to end the inning.  After that, the Phils offense just fizzled.  Maybe they were a bit star-struck, playing in LA.  Tiger Woods, Henry Winkler, Matt Dillon, Pat Sajak, Jon Lovitz, Danny DeVito and Ryan Seacrest were all amongst the attendees at tonight’s game.  I know Ryan Seacrest makes me nervous; I believe that, in secret, he is an evil overlord who can suck the life force out of any human being.  Just look at how he has hypnotized thousands of TV-addicted teens!  And tonight, he sucked the life right out of the Phillies.  It’s a tragedy of grand proportions.

Luckily, the Phillies are still ahead in the series, 2-1.  If Joe Blanton can pitch again like he did in his last outing, and if we can keep Seacrest out of the stadium, I think the Phils stand a good chance at taking Game 4.  Game time is 8:22pm tomorrow.  Seacrest, OUT. (literally) J 

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Phillies Will Go To The National League Championship Series!


PA010420 crowd.jpgAnd the fans go wild!!!  Today marks the Phillies first post-season series win since the 1993 team.  They beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-2.  Jimmy Rollins got the game started off on the right note by slamming a lead-off home run over the right field wall to silence the Milwaukee crowd.  But the big bangs in the game came off the bat of Pat Burrell who hit a 3-run homer in the 3rd inning and a solo homer in the 8th.  Burrell wound up going 3 for 4 with 4 RBI and 2 runs scored.  These were Burrell’s first hits in this 4 game series.  Greg Dobbs also did not disappoint as he was given the start over Pedro Feliz.  Dobbs had 2 hits in 3 at bats and did his job on defense.  Jayson Werth also had one hit and one RBI in the game and he continues to be a solid, everyday player.


P8207965 Blanton.jpgWhat really kept the Phillies in the game today was starter Joe Blanton, who was outstanding; he has finally lived up to his hyped reputation.  Blanton gave the Phillies 6 solid innings, allowing only 5 hits and one run that came off a home run from Prince Fielder in the 7th before Blanton was pulled.  He pitched to contact and also had 7 strikeouts.  The Brewers threw the kitchen sink at him, even going so far as to have starting pitcher CC Sabathia pinch hit in the 3rd inning.  Blanton responded and struck out Sabathia.  In fact, Blanton handled their entire line-up well and never looked rattled.  The bullpen did their job, allowing only 1 more run which was charged to Ryan Madson.  Brad Lidge pitched the 9th in a non-save situation and did not disappoint.  He sent the Brewers into the off-season on 16 pitches.

As you may be aware, the Phillies will face the LA Dodgers in the NLCS which will start on Thursday, October 9th.  For now, the Phillies have 3 days to rest and prepare for the challenge ahead.  All I can say now is….yeah!!!!!!!!  Go Phillies!

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Phillies Loss Sets Them Up To Lose Ground in the NL East

Cole Hamels got the start tonight and did not have a very Cole-like game.  Although he only gave up 3 runs (1 of them unearned due to his own throwing error), he had a lot of base runners and threw a lot of pitches early.  His frustration showed when, after the error in the 3rd inning, he went back into the dugout and slammed his glove down onto the bench.  The solo homer he gave up in the 6th inning turned out to be the difference in the game, with the Phils losing 3-2.

The Phillies squandered many scoring opportunities in this game and in general, just looked bad.  In the 3rd inning, Chase Utley hit a double down the right field line with 2 outs in the inning.  Then, Jayson Werth got on base after a Braves fielding error; Ryan Howard then walks to load the bases.  Then Pat Burrell, with a chance to tie up the game or better, pops out to in foul ground.  A foul play, indeed.

Let’s move to the 6th…Burrell on 2nd base, no outs – Victorino hits the ball to the only place he shouldn’t hit it – to the short stop / third base side.  Pat Burrell then makes a base running error and gets caught off second for the first out.  Then to make matters worse, during Pedro Feliz’s at bat, Victorino gets caught trying to steal 2nd base.  Then Feliz grounds out; inning over.  And Burrell again in the 8th, with 2 outs and Ryan Howard on first…Burrell grounds out weakly to third.  Then, to add to my misery, Carlos Ruiz grounds into a double play to end the ballgame.  Ugh!

Have you noticed though that Burrell’s name keeps popping up here?  P9213064_pat_burrell His recent slump is becoming a big problem for the Phils.  He did have one RBI today, but he still is not hitting consistently in key situations.  Then again, who did today?  Pedro Feliz had the other RBI and the rest of the bats were fairly quiet.  Werth is still in a nasty slump as well…he has had only 3 hits in his last 6 games.  It’s crunch time and as we all know, some people thrive under pressure and others crumble…how will these guys react in the last 4 games?  That remains to be seen…

Hair_pulling As for me, I am popping antacids by the bottle full and pulling my hair out every time I see a Phillie strike out or hit into a double play!  And the Mets just crushed the Cubs, which adds to my stress.  They are now only a game and a half behind the Phillies.  This makes tomorrows’ game against Atlanta a must-win.  The pressure is on!  Looks like I’ll be making another trip to the pharmacy…L

 

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Phillies Beat The Braves…Again

I hate to sound like I am repeating myself, but still am happy to do so as the Phillies topped the Braves yet again tonight by a score of 6-2.  They have only lost to the Braves twice this entire year in 15 meetings.  Tonight, it was a 2-2 tie game going into the 8th inning, but the Phillies got the go ahead run thanks to a key pinch hit from Greg Dobbs.  As for his injury last night, apparently he is just fine J  Rookie P9191827 Greg Golson took over to run for Dobbs and he was able to advance to third base on a throwing error as the Braves tried to pick him off.  After that Chase Utley walked and Golson scored on a hit and run as Jayson Werth grounded to third base; Golson beat the tag at home by sliding under the glove of the catcher.  When asked after the game what he said to Golson about running for him, Greg Dobbs said he told the rookie, “You can caddy for me anytime.”  Golson is lightning quick around those bases!  Next up in the 8th, Pat Burrell added some nice insurance runs with a homer to score Utley & Werth.  And with Burrell struggling lately, he really need that to get some confidence back going into these last few games.

JA Happ started the game and kept the Phillies in it.  He tossed 6 2/3 innings, giving up just 2 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks.  The bullpen did the rest.  Happ has been outstanding in his short stay up in the majors and it looks like he really wants to nab a permanent spot.  I for one am Happ-Y to have him J  Not sure how it will all play out, but that is a non-issue at the moment as the team is focused only on winning this Division.  The Mets look like they’d like to help us out too.  They lost last night and are currently trailing the Cubs by 4 runs.  It is looking like another last season collapse for them; how nice of them to oblige. J

Phillies currently lead by 2 games; it will be 2 ½ if the Mets lose.  5 games to go; 2 more with Atlanta, then an off day and 3 against the Nats.  Cole Hamels gets the start tomorrow at 7:05pm.  We are nearly there…

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A Record Setting Sweep

The Phillies set a record tonight that has stood for nearly a century.  They defeated the Atlanta Braves, completing a 3 game sweep and now have swept Atlanta in every game that they faced them on the road this season.  The last recorded road season series sweep (now say that 5 times fast…you know you want to J ) for the Braves was in 1909. And with that, the Phillies also retain 1st place in the NL East.

Cole Hamels had another solid day, going 6 innings and giving up 2 solo homers.  He had several base runners, with 6 hits and 2 walks total for the Braves, but he worked around it.  Hamels did not look as sharp as he usually does; he left a lot of balls up in the zone and got away with it, in part thanks to the defense.  But with only 2 runs surrendered, you can’t complain.  Ryan Madson pitched the 7th and did fine until Ryan Howard bobbled a routine ground ball with 2 outs in the inning; the mistake extended the inning and led to a Braves run, but the Phils still led 4-3.  JC Romero had a great 8th inning and then Brad Lidge came in for the 9th with the 1 run lead.  Lidge knocked the Braves down in order and remains perfect in save situations.  The man is a pitching machine…it is simply inhuman what he has accomplished this year.  And I mean that in the nicest possible way J 

P4208083 Good thing Lidge remained robot perfect too because there was not a lot of offense in this game, as the Phillies recorded only 7 hits, but the 4 runs sufficed to earn the win.  Actually, the offense sort of inside-outed itself tonight (if I can make up that phrase).  The only guy who was hot at the plate tonight was Pat Burrell, who went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI on a home run in the 6th inning.  The previous 2 games against the Braves, everyone except Burrell was hot!  So tonight, everyone gets a rest and Burrell does the heavy lifting.  I am sure he doesn’t mind.

Tomorrow starts a 3 game series with the Florida Marlins in Miami and I will be at all 3 games to bring you photos and updates.  In between, you will find me on the beach!  Yes, hate me if you must…clearly, I am ok with it. J  Anyway, this is another important series for the Phillies as they will have an opportunity to separate themselves from the Mets in the Division race, which they are currently ahead by ½ a game (Mets also won today).  So, let’s fry some Fish this weekend!

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