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A Cub Clubbing

Yesterday, it was Fish Fry with a 3-game sweep of the Marlins in Miami.  Tonight, it was a cub clubbing in Philly.  Perhaps Animal Control needs to issue a citation to the Phillies for animal cruelty?  On second thought, nah…

To continue their assault on nature, the Phillies uprooted Ted Lilly of the Cubs and put 9 runs on the board during Lilly’s short 4 innings of work.  Utley destroys Lilly Cubs.jpgThe delicate flower was no match for the bashing of the Phillies’ bats; especially that of Raul Ibanez who plucked Lilly’s petals with a 3 run homer in the 1st inning.  And that homer came with two outs and two strikes on Ibanez after Ryan Howard failed to score any runners by striking out in the previous at-bat.  Just when it looked like Lilly may live to bloom another day, Ibanez went in for the kill.

The offense did not end there: Carlos Ruiz joined in later and nailed a 2 run homer and had 3 RBI in the game; Shane Victorino went 2 for 4 and in the 8th, Howard made up for a few bad at-bats with a solo home run.  Chase Utley was 1 for3 and also had an RBI in the game.

Rodrigo Lopez finally got another start after leaving early in his last outing with a sore shoulder.  Looks like the shoulder is doing well; Lopez got through 6 innings and allowed just one run.  Chad Durbin was handed the ball next and given an opportunity for a save by going the final 3 innings.  Durbin did the job and notched the Phillies 9th win in row!

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Jack Nicholson
attended the game tonight and sat behind home plate wearing a Yankees hat.  The Phanatic tried to convert him to a Philly-Phaithful by doing his best Joker impersonation, but the hat remained.  So here is a little help from Photo Shop to convert Mr. Nicholson:

Happ-enings

How about JA Happ?  This kid is making a case for Rookie of the Year, without a doubt.  He notched his 7th win yesterday in the 5-0 win over the Marlins and his ERA is now 2.68 with no losses recorded.  Happ has allowed only 6 runs in his last 5 starts.  And last night, Pedro Feliz did his best to lose the game for Happ by committing 2 official errors and had one other ball fly off his glove that should have been, but was not counted as an error.  Feliz helped load the bases at one point, on what should have been an easy double play ball, but Happ never rattled and pitched out of the jam.  His command and above all, his poise on the mound, make it hard to believe he is a rookie.  Happ has the ultimate poker face; you never know what he is thinking or feeling.

And that composure is exactly why the Phillies would be insane to trade him, even for the likes of Roy Halladay, as has been rumored.  Happ has pitched as well as Halladay since being promoted to the starting rotation.  I agree with going after Halladay, but not if the trade involves Happ.  And so this is my plea to the Phillies as the trade deadline draws closer…please, please, please – KEEP JA HAPP!  It would be a monumental mistake to let him go.  Mark my words.

Utley Photo by Jenn

 

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Phillies Pull Out A Wet One

Everything was looking great for the Phillies last night until the rain came.  Cole Hamels appeared to be slowly returning to form; he pitched 5 innings before the delay and allowed one solo home run, 4 hits and struck out 5.  The offense too, seemed ready to pounce on the Marlins for a second day in a row.  In the 1st inning, Jimmy Rollins started the game off with a double and Chase Utley hit a home run to drive them both in.  They scored 2 more runs in the 4th with singles by Raul Ibanez, Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth; then Pedro Feliz doubled and the Phillies went up  4-1.

But Mother Nature thought it would be fun to interrupt the momentum and a downpour stopped the game in the middle of the 6th inning.  sleepy Phillies.jpgAfter a 1 hour 18 minute rain delay, the game resumed and the Phillies looked like they had not woken from the nap they took in the clubhouse.  Chan Ho Park allowed 1 run over 2 innings of work, which is not too bad.  And Park has been very solid out of the pen lately.  But then Ryan Madson came in for the 8th and could not make it through a whole inning; he did record 2 outs, but also gave up 2 more runs to tie the game at 4-4. 

Both JC Romero and Chad Durbin wound up pitching in the same inning, which seemed like it would never end as ex-Phillies players put a hurting on the pen.  Ronny Paulino, who was with the Phils in Spring Training, obviously has a chip on his shoulder when playing the team who let him go.  Having gone 0 for his last 13 at-bats, Paulino rallied for 3 hits, 1 RBI, 3 runs scored and a walk against the Phils.  Even Wes Helms got in the action with a hit and an RBI.

Once it went into extra innings, the potential outcome appeared bleak as the Phillies began to run out of players. 

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The umpire was no help in this game either; Mark Wegner, a 10 year veteran, did not have a good game behind the plate.  His strike zone was all over the place and both teams argued with him all night.  Then, with the potential go-ahead run on 3rd base for the Phillies, the Marlins pitcher balked – an obvious balk.  But all 4 umpires missed it so the extra innings continued.  All I can figure is that the umpires brought their sleeping bags and were content to make this game go all night long.

But the Phillies finally woke up in the 12th inning as singles from J-Roll, Utley and Werth turned into 2 runs and put the Phillies up 6-4.  Brad Lidge came in to close it out, and it was another ugly, ugly turn of events.  Stomaches churned as Lidge walked 2 batters in a row and then uncorked a wild pitch to score a run.  With the tying run on 3rd and the winning run at the plate, Lidge finally got Dan Uggla to ground out and end the game; final score 6-5, Phillies.  And all in Phillies-land rejoiced as we staggered sleepily to our beds after the 4 hour ordeal.

And we will do it all over again tonight!  Same time, same place; Joe Blanton will take the mound at 7:10pm in Land Shark Stadium (formerly Dolphins Stadium).  We all hope the Phillies can win it in NINE innings tonight.  Please and thank you. ;O)

Howard Photo by Jenn

 

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Phillies Sweep With A Slam

It has been a slamming first half for the Phillies who today, hit their 7th Grand Slam of 2009.  Three went to Ryan Howard and then one a piece to Jayson Werth, Shane Victorino, Raul Ibanez, and today, Pedro Feliz.  P6135792.JPGHoward had a chance at a slam early in the 1st inning this afternoon, but hit a sac fly instead.  But then Feliz came to bat later that same inning and took care of the salami for him.  The five runs in that inning were the only offense of the day for the Phils, but that was all they needed to sweep this 3-game series with the Pirates.

Today’s 5-2 win made this a 9-1 home stand for the Phillies who had struggled most of the year at home.  It also marked the 3rd most wins during any home stand in history for the Phillies.  The pitching and offense finally worked together; sprinkle in some great defense, like the three double plays turned today, and things are looking very bright for this team going into the break.

And as usual, JA Happ did an outstanding job on the mound.  Happ went 7 innings and allowed just one run.  There have been many rumors lately about Happ being involved in a possible trade for Roy Halladay, but it seems like it would be a foolish move to make.  Happ has been the most consistent starter since he was handed the job and he is unwavering on the mound when under pressure.  We would all like to see Halladay in Philly, but losing Happ is too steep a price.

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So the All-Star break is now upon us.  Here is a rundown of the major events in St. Louis:

Monday, 7/13:      

Home Run Derby featuring the Phillies’ Ryan Howard and Workout Day.  The Derby begins at 7pm.

Tuesday, 7/14:       

Red Carpet Parade, 2pm

80th All-Star Game, 7pm

After that, the Phillies will have just one day off (Wednesday) and have to return to play a day earlier than all but one other team, the Florida Marlins.  Due to an NFL scheduling conflict, a Phillies-Marlins game that was to take place in September, has been moved to Thursday, 7/16 in Miami at 7:10pm.  Hopefully, the shortened break for the Phillies will have no effect.

But for now, get ready to cheer on Howard at the Derby tomorrow night!

 

Feliz Photo by Jenn

 

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Howard Powers Phillies To Come From Behind Win

Ryan Howard showed everyone today why he is an All-Star; Howard went 3 for 3 with 3 RBI and 2 walks.  But more importantly, he came up to bat in the 9th inning with 1 out, 2 men on base and the Phillies trailing by 3 runs and he saved the day.  Howard nailed a 3 run home run to centerfield to tie up a game which, until that moment, looked like a sure loss for the Phillies against the last place Pirates.

Howard had some help though; Raul Ibanez, in his first start since coming off the DL, doubled after Howard’s home run; it was Ibanez’s 2nd hit of the night.  After that, Pedro Feliz singled, Jayson Werth was walked to load the bases and Paul Bako stepped to the plate.  P6216193 Bako.jpgYou may be asking, Bako who?  Bako, in his 12th year in the majors and playing for his 10th different team as a back-up catcher, made name for himself in Philly tonight.  He whacked a single through a hole in the infield, scoring Ibanez and giving the Phils an 8-7 win.  Bako is batting only .214 and his lifetime average hovers right around only .230, but that did not matter tonight.  With his second hit of the game, he got the job done.

The Phillies really needed some heroics tonight after Cole Hamels had another bad outing.  In 6 innings, Hamels allowed 6 runs on 7 hits, which included 3 home runs.  Hamels even allowed a home run to Andrew McCutchen, who had only 1 homer the entire year until tonight.  Another went to Delwyn Young, who in a 4 year career, had only 5 home runs until Hamels helped him to #6.  Can you say BAD location?  Apparently, Hamels can and we all wish he would unlearn that particular phrase.

The bullpen had a bad night too; Chad Durbin allowed 2 runs, one of which scored when Scott Eyre came in to relieve him and walked a run home; a combination bad effort.  But we are all entitled to have bad days, and for the Phillies pitchers, this was certainly one of those; especially since it came against the Pirates.  But it was all erased with the outpouring of offense late in the game.

Only one game left before the All-Star break!  The Pirates will try to salvage a game and the Phillies will try to stop them; 1:35pm tomorrow.

Sale At The Spectrum

Did anyone else attend the Spectrum sale earlier today?  I was there and oh boy, what a mess!  For the first time ever, the Phillies, Sixers and Flyers joined forces to host a blow-out sale of discontinued merchandise at low prices. 

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I spoke to a Spectrum representative as the horror was unfolding and he told me that they were expecting, and only prepared for, 500 people.  What they got was thousands upon thousands and as a result, a lot of very unhappy customers.  Check out lines, which began with 2 cashiers on each side (Phillies side & Sixers/Flyers side) took hours to get through.  No exaggeration…hours.  And it was like watching cattle being herded; the small shopping area was jam packed with shoulder-to-shoulder shoppers and you could barely move.  Meanwhile, thousands of other shoppers formed a line outside the building waiting to be let in.

I got there early, as I expected a crowd, unlike the Spectrum management, so I did get in with the first group and got some pretty cool stuff.  But, it took me over 2 hours, with help, to do so.  Most of the merchandise was old playoff gear, but a few nice finds were there.  And the lines began to thin out after the management added a cash only line and a few more cashiers.  I do believe that next year, they will be a bit more prepared.  At any rate, it was a real adventure.

Photos by Jenn

 

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Fireworks In Philly – How FOX Sports Tried To Ruin The 4th Of July

Before I get to FOX Sports, I have a game re-cap for you.  Jamie Moyer, the oldest player in the major leagues, took the mound today against the New York Mets for his 600th career start!  P5314936 Moyer.jpgCongratulations Jamie!  What a milestone!  Moyer was outstanding in his effort and allowed only 1 run in 6 1/3 innings.  Not only is Jamie an amazing baseball player, he is an even more amazing human being.  Jamie dedicates countless hours to charity work with The Moyer Foundation and is ever-present in the community; a true role model for children and people of all ages.  It is refreshing to see such success come to a person who really deserves it.

Jamie got the win by a score of 4-1.  Shane Victorino and Pedro Feliz were the Phillies offensive stars of the game today; Victorino went 3 for 4 with an RBI; Feliz had 3 hits as well.  Even Jimmy Rollins joined the party and collected 2 RBI on a double.  SO nice to see Jimmy creeping back to life!  It is also a big relief to see Ryan Madson begin to pitch his way back to normal.  In to relieve JC Romero, he recorded 2 quick outs to retire the Mets in the 8th inning.  Then Brad Lidge came in for the 9th, saved the game, and all is as it should be…at least for today ;O)

This gives the Phillies a series win at home for a change, and more importantly, an opportunity to sweep the Mets!  I will be at the game tomorrow and bring back news and photos.

Trade??

In some very odd news, Paul Bako, our back-up, back-up catcher (not a typo) has started 3 of the last 4 games.  This has given me some reason to speculate.  Could Carlos Ruiz be on the trading block with the Phillies desperately seeking pitching?  If they are in the middle of negotiating with another team, it makes sense to sit Ruiz as they would not want him to get hurt while making decisions.  With Chris Coste as a solid back-up and Lou Marson waiting in AAA, this may not be such a strange move.  Another possibility is that Ruiz is hurt again and no one is talking.  Then again, maybe Charlie Manuel was just feeling a bit silly this week?  We shall see as the week progresses.

Why FOX Sports Sucks

Can someone please explain to me WHY my Phillies – Mets game today was interrupted multiple times so that FOX sports could should gratuitous footage of Manny Ramirez at bat in San Diego?  It was Manny’s 2nd game back with the Dodgers since serving a 50-game suspension for violating MLB’s drug policy.  Can I get a big “WHO CARES??” from the peeps, please?  Thank you.

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Seriously, it was not Manny setting some amazing record; not Manny greeting aliens from a spaceship for our first extraterrestrial encounter; not even the President of the United States giving an important speech…Manny’s 2nd game back after a STEROID suspension.  Heck, not even the 1st game back (even so, I would not have cared to see that either).  Has FOX Sports reached an all-time low in trying to get ratings?  You betcha.  It was like them interrupting a blessing from Jesus Christ himself to show a drive-by shooting.  What exactly were they expecting to happen?  That Manny’s head would explode?  Or, he was going to announce the cure for cancer?  Now THAT would have been news.

And yet, on this most important day in America where we celebrate the freedom of our great country, we are subjected to this ridiculous, infantile Mannywood hype by FOX Sports.  On the 70th anniversary of Lou Gehrig retiring from baseball while suffering from a fatal disease…we get Manny-Insanity.  On the day Jamie Moyer celebrates his 600th career start as a pitcher, are we shown historical footage of the eldest current player in baseball…a person who is a great humanitarian as well?  No…we get dreadlock fever.  

 Truly disgusting.  FOX Sports – you should be ashamed of yourselves.

Moyer & Manny Photos by Jenn

 

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Dropping The Ball

Both literally and figuratively, the Phillies dropped the ball tonight.  After an off-day yesterday, the team sauntered into Atlanta and looked a bit sluggish, instead of rejuvenated.  Batting against Derek Lowe is generally no picnic, but they had some opportunities.  Chase Utley did his part, going 2 for 5 with a solo home run; and Pedro Feliz had a good night at the plate, playing outstanding defense in the field as well.  Joe Blanton had a so-so start; he went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs.  But most of the game was tight, without much action.

In fact, up until the 8th inning, the most entertaining part of the game was watching Braves pitcher, Mike Gonzalez swoon back and forth on the mound like a weeble-wobble.  No one was sure whether he was going to pitch or break dance.  That is one confused dude.  But his antics on the mound translated into back-to-back solo homers for the Phillies to give them a 4-3 lead.  John Mayberry and Feliz joined forces to knock the silliness right out of the Braves pitcher.

But the Braves tied the game back up in the bottom of the 8th, thanks to a dropped ball by Ryan Howard (bad feed from Madson), which allowed a runner to advance, and then Jayson Werth juggled another ball in the outfield.  Poor Ryan Madson just cannot catch a break lately when he is on the mound.  And these defensive mishaps would cost the Phillies the game.  Chan Ho Park got into trouble in the 10th inning with runners on 1st & 3rd and 1 out; the next batter hit a long fly ball to left field, which sealed the deal.

In addition to the loss, what also rings a few alarm bells around Philadelphia is the performance of Jimmy RollinsRollins kryptonite.jpgAfter being given a 4-game “mental” break / benching, Rollins came back today to resume his leadoff spot.  But frankly, it appears that nothing has changed.  Rollins still swung at bad pitches, very early in his at-bats and he had one shaky play in the field as well, missing a fairly routine ground ball that he normally would have snagged.  J-Roll ended the game without a hit in 5 at-bats and looks no closer to waking up than he did a week ago.  Has someone chained him down with Kryptonite?  Or is this just a phase?  A long, drawn-out, ridiculously bad phase…  Only time will tell.  However, the Phillies are nearing the half-way point of the season and time is a luxury they will not soon have.

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Rollins Photo by Jenn

 

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Phinally – A Series Win

The Phillies wrapped up the series with the Blue Jays today and also ended interleague play for the year…finally!  As usual, interleague play was not kind to the Phillies and most are happy it is over.

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However, there were a few highlights, including JA Happ’s first career complete game shut-out yesterday.  Happ allowed only 5 hits in the game and gave the bullpen a much needed rest.  The Phillies offense found their bats after a spanking from manager Charlie Manuel in a closed door meeting, and the team racked up ten runs in the game for Happ.  The very Happ-Y pitcher is now 5-0 on the season with a 3.00 ERA.

Today, the Phillies sent Jamie Moyer to the mound and he allowed 4 runs in 5 innings, including 3 home runs.  After the 5th, Manuel decided to take advantage of his rested pen and sent Chan Ho Park in who pitched 2 scoreless, hitless innings.  It is nice to see Park finally settling into his role and feeling good after getting hit with a batted ball two days ago.       

With the Phillies up 5-4 in the 8th, Ryan Madson was set up to have an easy inning; he got the first out, Scott Rolen hit a single, but then a routine double play ball to Eric Bruntlett turned into a disaster.  Bruntlett, filling in for Jimmy Rollins the last 3 days, dropped the ball leaving 2 runners on with only 1 out.  Poor Madson was sweating by the time he got to the 3rd out, but he got there and Pedro Feliz snagged a pop-up to end the threat.

Brad Lidge came in to get the save and, as usual, it was an adventure.  A bunt single, then a walk and hearts were racing again.  But Lidge got a pop-out, another out on a run down and finally capped it off with Bruntlett snagging a grounder and tossing to Ryan Howard for the final out.  Whew!  Finally…a series win.  Time to exhale…

Iron Pigs (AAA)

Pigs (28).jpgYesterday, I attended an Iron Pigs game and saw Drew Carpenter pitch.  Carpenter has been a highly touted player in the minors and he did pitch a shut-out through 8 innings.  However, his fastball tops out at around 80mph (or at least it did last night).  Solid pitcher, but I am not sure the Phillies need another Jamie Moyer in the rotation.  Carlos Carassco and Kyle Drabek (AA) may still be possibilities to fill the hole left by Brett Myers.  Going outside the organization to get an experienced arm would be much better, but there are still very few pitchers available.  We shall see…

Mike Cervenak (photo) is doing very well after suffering a broken wrist last month; he was 2 for 5 in the game and is batting .313.  Mike Spidale (OF) led the pack with 3 hits and is batting .353; and Lou Marson (C) has been doing better of late – he had 2 hits and 2 RBI last night. 

Here is a PHOTO ALBUM from the Iron Pigs game, including shots from the fireworks show afterwards and even a 3-D fireworks shot!  I held the camera up to the 3-D glasses and it actually worked…check it out!

Up Next

The Phillies have the day off tomorrow to travel to Atlanta for a 3 game series before returning home on July 3rd to face the Mets.  Joe Blanton will pitch on Tuesday; game time is 7:00pm.

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Photos by Jenn

 

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Day Dreamin’ In Tampa

The past few days have left Phillies fans wondering who turned the lights out.  The mental mistakes, lack of concentration and outright wackiness of this team begs the question, where have the Phillies head’s gone?  Did they drink too many Slurpee’s in the hot weather and are suffering from severe brain freeze?  Or, are they day dreaming of midget clowns, fire eaters and candy?  Hmmmm….dreaming.jpg

At the plate, they appear to be asleep; weak swings at bad balls, staring like a deer in headlights at strikes down the middle of the plate and base running that brings back memories of their little league days.  Tonight, Pedro Feliz killed an inning that had real potential by forgetting how many outs there were.  1 out in the 6th, Pedro on 1st and Matt Stairs on 3rd, Eric Bruntlett did his job and hit a sac fly to center.  Feliz, however, thinking there were two outs, ran all the way to second and got doubled up at 1st before Stairs could score.  The run did not count and the threat was over.

But this is only one of several examples of spontaneous stupidity displayed by the team this week.  It has made most fans wish they really were living in la-la-land, as the Phillies appear to be.  At least in la-la-land, the rest of the NL East catching up to the Phils may not factor in.  However, in the real world, the Phillies have run themselves into big trouble.

And trouble rolls downhill, starting with the starters.  Antonio Bastardo was given a 4 run lead to start the game and immediately gave 3 runs right back to the Rays in the bottom of the 1st inning.  And as expected, it all went downhill from there.  Maybe if Bastardo more closely resembled another Antonio, I would be able to cope with his lack of control:

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Put Banderas on the mound and I don’t care if he walks in 12 runs…at least he would look good doing it ;O)  But Bastardo still needs work before he is major league ready.  And he may have taken that decision out of the manager’s hands anyway tonight, as he left the game early with a left shoulder strain.  The Phillies need a starting pitcher – real bad.  The hole in the rotation left by Brett Myers continues to haunt the team, with no answer yet in sight.  And even worse, because the Phillies have let so many teams in the NL catch up to them over these last few weeks, most teams are not ready to give up and start unloading talent.  They all still have a shot at the Wildcard, thanks to the Phillies bad play.  And therefore, the pickings are slim for starting pitchers.  Talk about shooting themselves in the foot…ouch!

Hey, maybe Antonio Banderas IS available?  I have no idea if he has ever picked up a baseball, but I am willing to give him a shot.  Hey Tony…call me ;O)

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Player photos by Jenn

 

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2009: A Werth Odyssey

Jayson Werth had quite an interesting game tonight, and not all in a good way.  The odyssey in the outfield began with a few leaping and diving catches in right field which Werth made look easy.  But then in the 4th inning, Werth lost his mind a bit at the plate.  After Matt Garza of the Rays walked the bases loaded with NO outs, Werth stepped in and swung at the first pitch.  He hit into a 5-2-3 double play which left the Phillies scoreless in the inning.

When the opposing pitcher walks 3 batters in a row and begins to unravel, why do you swing at the first pitch?  That should not happen.  Garza’s jugular was exposed; he was shaking in his boots.  That is the time to go in for the kill.  And in this instance, the kill should have been to take at least one strike to put pressure on the pitcher.  Instead, Werth made everyone wonder what planet he thought he was playing on by hitting a short ground ball to 3rd on the first pitch.  And in one swing of the bat, Werth settled Garza back into his rhythm and gave momentum to the Rays.


Werth space.jpgBut the alien adventure did not end there; in the 6th, Werth missed a ball hit to right field that he probably should have caught.  But, in keeping with the weird and wacky theme of the day, Carl Crawford tried to stretch the double into a triple and, due to poor base running, he was tagged out at third by Pedro Feliz.

And still, Werth was not finished.  In the 7th, Werth hit a line drive to right field which just barely stayed fair and exited the yard inches beyond the foul pole for a solo homer to bring the Phillies within 1 run.  Never a dull moment…

In fact, Joe Blanton was one of the few players who had a relatively “normal” day; he went 7 solid innings, giving up only a 2-run homer to our old pal, Pat Burrell.  Aside from that long ball, Blanton was in control all night. 

However, the stability would end there.  JC Romero came in for the 8th and gave up a single.  But then Romero got a good double play ball, giving him 2 outs in the inning.  What happens next?  He hits a batter and then walks the next one to load the bases.  Chan Ho Park had to come into the game to try to get the 3rd out.  Park got Burrell to hit a weak ground ball to Jimmy Rollins, but Rollins took his time and underhanded to Chase Utley at 2nd instead of tossing Burrell out at first and the runner was called safe – a run scored instead of ending the inning.  Yikes!  The next batter hit a pop-up that landed in no man’s land, scoring 2 more runs.  Double yikes!  Another 2 runs scored on a single after that.  Dare I say it?… Triple yikes!

And that pretty much put the nail in the coffin for the Phillies who went down to the Rays by a score of 7-1.  It was a huge waste of a great pitching performance from Blanton.  Mistakes and mental errors turned this odyssey into an alien disaster of epic proportions.

Werth photo by Jenn

 

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A Very Bad Day


locusts.jpgIt was a bad, bad, bad day for the Phillies; Raul Ibanez was put on the 15-day disabled list to start it off.  He has a strained left groin.  Then, a not-so-fun mix of bad pitching and sleepy defense led to a sweep at the hands of the Toronto Blue Jays.  What’s next?  The players get eaten by a swarm of locusts?  It’s a famine and plague of biblical proportions.

John Mayberry Jr. was called up to replace Ibanez and he had an interesting day; a home run, an assist to nail a runner at the plate, but he also made a huge mistake by taking his eyes off Scott Rolen who turned a single into a double on the goof and wound up scoring as a result.  Then again, Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley did the exact same thing earlier in the game to help a Blue Jay advance to second after a walk.  And even worse than that, Pedro Feliz committed his 4th error of the year on what should have been an easy double play ball in the 8th inning.  That turned Clay Condrey’s day into a real nightmare; Condrey allowed 1 earned run and 1 unearned on 3 hits and a walk without even recording an out.  Ouch!

Aside from all that, Joe Blanton continued the trend of Phillies starters totally sucking…he lasted only 5 1/3 innings and allowed 4 runs on 9 hits and a walk.  And so the bullpen was sent out there once again to blow the small, one run lead.  With their “job” completed and the Jays now having a 7-5 lead, the Phillies came to bat in the bottom of the 8th with the locusts still swarming…


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, who apparently has no fear of insects, smacked a solo home run to get the game within 1 run.  Dobbs passed the torch to Rollins, who hit a double and then Shane Victorino drove him in – game tied, 7-7.

But hey, have no fear Jay’s fans…the bullpen WILL blow it AGAIN!  Ryan Madson gave up a solo home run to Rod Barajas, the first batter of the 9th inning, after having him in a 0-2 hole in the count.  So the Phillies entered the 9th inning down 8-7.

Utley walked; Ryan Howard (give ya 3 guesses and the 1st two don’t count)….yup!  Struck out!  Jayson Werth flied out and then Feliz got a base hit.  That brought Mayberry to the plate with a chance for the rookie to play the hero – but no such luck.  He popped out and that ended an excruciating day for the Phillies.  I have nothing left to say except – AAARRRRRGGGGHHHHH!  Now please excuse me while I get horribly drunk and pass out…

Dobbs Photo – Jenn

 

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