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Phils Spilt Doubleheader With The Fish

The Phillies played back-to-back games in Miami yesterday against the 2nd place Marlins and split the series.  Here is a recap:

Game 1

Joe Blanton pitched 7 scoreless innings while the Phillies offense played some small ball and squeaked out 4 runs off the Marlins ace, Josh Johnson.  P2211686 Cairo.jpgThey blew the game wide open though with a 5-run 8th inning.  Every starting position player had at least one hit and 5 different players collected RBI’s. 

Miguel Cairo got a rare start at 3rd base while Pedro Feliz took a break; Cairo went 2 for 5 with an RBI and a run scored.  Ryan Howard led the team in RBI’s with 3, none of which came off home runs.  He got it done with base hits, sacrifices and some really good base running.  Out of 9 runs scored in the 9-3 win, only 1 came off a homer; Raul Ibanez hit a solo shot in the 8th.

The pen ran into trouble in the bottom of the 8th with rookie Sergio Escalona allowing 3 runs on 2 hits.  Tyler Walker allowed a hit as well, but eventually got the final 2 outs of the inning.  Clay Condrey pitched a hitless 9th inning; it is great to see Condrey back after a long stint on the DL!

Game 2

The Phillies looked a bit sleepy in game two. 

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In fact, the bats took a little nap for 9 innings and they lost the game 0-3.  The only 2 hits in the game came from Chase Utley who hit a single and a double.  I guess they were exhausted after a 9-run game earlier?  Because the Marlins pitcher, Anibal Sanchez is certainly not their best; his 2-7 record and ERA of 4.50 going into the game should be evidence enough.

Jamie Moyer did his job and pitched 7 innings, allowing 3 runs on 9 hits and 1 walk, which is basically what the Phillies expected from him.  But the lack of offense did them in.

So, having split the doubleheader, the Phillies will need to concentrate on winning the final game of the series tonight.  Cole Hamels gets the ball at 7:10pm.

The magic number is now 5!

Cairo photo by Jenn

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Phillies Take 2 of 3 From The Braves

While not without drama, the Phillies did manage to take 2 games in this 3-game series from the Atlanta Braves, dampening their playoff hopes.  P9087999 Lee.jpgRain also dampened the afternoon with a 2-hour delay taking Cliff Lee out of the game after only 4 innings of work.  Lee was on pace to pitch another great game, but on this day, it would be up to the bullpen.

The first inning however, did not bode well for the Phils; Shane Victorino got tossed out of the game for arguing with an umpire after he was tossed out stealing second.  Victorino slammed his helmet to the ground and then said a few choice words to the ump.  Shane needs to watch himself; with his second ejection this year, he now has a reputation with the umps of being a hot-head.

In the bottom of the first inning, Jimmy Rollins dropped the ball trying to tag out Matt Diaz who was caught between bases and a run scored on the play.  The run would have scored anyway, but the ejection followed by the missed ball made things look grim.

Ben Francisco took over for Victorino and hit an RBI double in the third to tie the game and give the Phillies a lift.  In the 4th, a double by Raul Ibanez and a single by Pedro Feliz put two more runs on the board.  The rain came and a 2-hour delay ensued.

After the delay, Chase Utley nailed an RBI triple to make the score 4-1 and the bullpen took over.  Tyler Walker pitched 2 innings with Sergio Escalona and Clay Condrey sharing the 7th.  Ryan Madson returned to his 8th inning role and took the 4-1 lead into the 9th.  Brad Lidge still looks like crap, but with a 3-run lead, manager Charlie Manuel gave him the ball anyway.  As expected, Lidge got into trouble with 2 outs and gave up a run.  He finally struck out the last batter and all Phillies fans breathed a collective sigh of relief.

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The 9th inning drama needs to stop!  Seriously.  Ok, we won and I am happy, of course.  But are we really going to have to go through this EVERY game?  And what if the Phillies only have a 1-run lead?  You can NOT trust a 1-run lead to Lidge anymore.  Luckily, the Phillies have a nice 8-game pad in the division to figure this out, but with 3 games against the Marlins up next, they had better think quick!

Tomorrow is an off day and then a double-header on Tuesday with the Fish!  The magic number is now 6!

Photography Phun

A few weeks ago, I attended a Photo Workshop at an Iron Pigs game (Phillies AAA club).  I experimented with different lenses and camera settings in a very low-light environment.  It was great fun and our group had access to the photo pit before the game right next to the Pigs dugout.  I got some great close-up shots of the players!  Here is the full Photo Album from the game; you will notice a lot of different light environments…this is a result of changing lenses, camera settings and just plain fooling around :O)  Some of them are really awesome, and some are just a tad off, but I promise you, all of them were FUN!  We even got the Mets AAA team to pose for us:


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Hope you enjoy the pictures!

Photos by Jenn

 

 

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World Series Rematch – Advantage, Phillies

The losing streak, 6 long, depressing games, is finally over!  And the cure to what ails the Phillies?  You guessed it – Road Trip!  Landing in Tampa to play their 2008 World Series foes, the Phillies rolled right over the Tampa Bay Rays tonight.  Notching 6 runs in the first half of the 1st inning set the tone for the game.  Some good pitching, lots of hitting, a few home runs and a trio of Rays errors got the job done.

P6216523.jpgJamie Moyer put forth a great effort tonight and allowed just one run in 6 innings of work; he struck out 4, walked 3 and allowed 5 hits.  Former Phillie, Pat Burrell, was mystified by his old teammate, going 0-2 with a walk against Moyer.  Sorry Pat – and yes, we still miss your presence :O(

As for the offense, Chase Utley was on fire tonight!  He went 3 for 5 with a single, double and a home run, driving in 4 runs.  Shane Victorino joined the Utley-Show with 2 hits, 2 walks and an RBI.  The rookie, John Mayberry, stood out tonight as well with a 3-run homer.  Yesterday at the Phillies Phestival, Mayberry was told by a fan, “I am glad to see you here in the big leagues!”; Mayberry responded with, “So am I.”  He showed his gratitude tonight.  Mayberry is now batting .292 with 3 homers and 7 RBI in 24 at-bats.

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A few more rookies / new Phillies were given the opportunity to shine tonight, as more players are down with injuries (Condrey put on DL today; Lidge & Eyre still out; Ibanez still out with groin strain).  Tyler Walker pitched 2 scoreless innings  and then Sergio Escalona handled the 9th; Escalona nailed down the final 3 outs and the Phillies went on to win, 10-1.

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In other injury / illness news, Ryan Howard did join the team today after an infection that sidelined him for a few days.  Howard served as the DH and went 1 for 4 with a double and an RBI.  Great to see Ryan feeling better!

Be sure to check out my PHOTO ALBUM from yesterday’s Phillies Phestival in case you missed it earlier today.

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Photos by Jenn

 

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Phillies Phestival 2009

The Phillies held their annual Phestival yesterday to raise money for the search in finding a cure for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.  P6220418.jpgPlayers, their wives, broadcasters and Phillies staff were on hand to sign autographs, play games for prizes with the fans and auction off items for the charity.  The Phillies Wives sold grab bags for $20 each which contained a variety of goodies; I wound up with a PILE of fun stuff including a Chase Utley signed hat, given out by Mrs. Utley herself, a Phanatic bobblehead, a few signed balls, a yearbook and other cool items.  In addition, I had some of my photos signed by the players to add to my collection.

Cole Hamels wins my Photo of The Day award.  He was gracious enough to pose for me, as were many others. 

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Check out my
PHOTO ALBUM from the day to see more! 

The player in highest demand yesterday was none other than RAUUUUUUL Ibanez!  And Ryan Howard was absent from the event due to his recent illness, which has been termed “acute sinusitis.”  While some fans were disappointed to miss out on a rare Howard autograph, most were more concerned for his health and wished him well.  Howard did not travel with the team last night to Florida, but he may fly in before the game tonight.  It will depend on how he is feeling.

Overall, the Phestival was a huge success.  The money raised surpassed any previous year’s total with $867,670 going to the ALS cause.  And as you may imagine, with a World Championship last year, more and more fans were interested in attending.  It was crowded as usual, but ran very smoothly, in slight contrast to the previous year, which was a little more hectic.  The only real criticism I have is that the Phillies need to put a limit on the number of tickets each person can buy.  I saw several people in line to exchange autograph tickets before the gates opened who had stacks of tickets 3 inches high.  2 people told me they had bought 75 tickets and 80 tickets, respectively!  So, it is no wonder that many fans this week were complaining about not being able to get autograph tickets…a few greedy people bought them all!

What really burns me up about this is not only that they took away opportunities for more fans to support the charity, but that these people who hoard the autograph tickets are only doing so to make money.  They get bunches of autographs and then sell them on E-bay, depriving REAL fans of their chance to meet a few players and get some souvenirs.  This year, The Phillies did finally limit the number of tickets you could exchange at the ticket window to 1 per player signing station, which helped.  But, they really need to limit the number of tickets sold to one person when they go on sale.  5,500 people showed up, but how many more would have if the tickets were spread out amongst more people?  More people = more money for the charity.  Maybe next year, they will rethink that part of it.

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In other news, Clay Condrey has been placed on the 15-day DL to punch another hole in our already beleaguered bullpen.  Condrey has an oblique strain, which may account for his recent struggles.  Sergio Escalona will be called up again to take his spot.  Condrey was at the Phestival though, signing for the fans, even though he appeared to be just a little bummed out.  I wish him a speedy recovery!

So, be sure to check out my PHOTO ALBUM from the Phestival and, in case you missed it yesterday, here is the PHOTO ALBUM from Sunday’s game against the O’s.

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Photos by Jenn

 

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The Interleague Nightmare Continues…

Friday night’s loss after an irresponsible decision by an umpire not to review a home run that was called foul was magnified last night as the Phillies dropped the 2nd game in the series to the Red Sox.  It began to pour as the game began and rookie pitcher, Antonio Bastardo, did not fare well in the rain.  Then again, the defense did little to help him.  The Phillies have had the best defense in baseball thus far, but last night committed 3 errors in the 1st inning.  Between that and the pitching, they were buried in a 5 run deficit after one inning going into a rain delay.061309a.jpg

95 minutes later, play resumed and Chad Durbin took the mound, pitching 3 scoreless innings.  The Phillies offense got the team back in the game, scoring 4 runs.  Chase Utley and Shane Victorino doubled to get 1 in the 3rd and then Raul Ibanez did his usual, knocking a solo shot over the right field wall in the 4th.   Jayson Werth singled next and Pedro Feliz hit a home run behind him to make the score 4-5; it was Feliz’s first home run in 40 games.

But the offensive outburst went for naught as reliever Jack Tashner (or Trashner?) took the mound and quickly gave up 3 more runs to the Sox in one inning.  Rookie Sergio Escalona, who was called up again after Kyle Kendrick was sent back to the minors, pitched 2 innings; Escalona did great in the 6th, but in the 7th got wild and allowed 2 more runs to score.  However, he did nail Phillie-hater, JD Drew very near the head with a pitch, so for that, Phillies fans everywhere thank him ;O) (FYI - this is a JOKE; I do not agree with anyone getting hit…in case that was unclear)

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Werth did hit a solo homer in the 7th, but that would do it for the offense.  The Phillies went down 11-6 in what took 5 hours and 16 minutes with the rain delay.  After 3 games in a row with extra innings, then this delayed game, we can only hope the Phillies can muster the energy today to face Josh Beckett and maybe sneak away with 1 win in the series.  JA Happ will pitch for the Phillies and the tired bullpen is counting on him.  Oh, no pressure man.  No pressure at all…

Here is the Photo Album from the game.  I took some very interesting photos of the dark and ominous Philadelphia skyline during the rain delay, as well as game action.

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Photos – Jenn

 

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Nats Cure What Ails The Phillies

Well, they cured the offensive woes anyway.  The Phillies completed a 4-game sweep of the Nationals this afternoon with an 8-6 win and Brad Lidge threw only 2 pitches to get the save.  The starting pitching, however, still has BIG issues, not the least of which is Chan Ho Park.  You know how I hate to repeat myself, but I have been wondering if Park’s last 2 good outings were a fluke; a result of the pressure on him to keep his job.  Once the pressure was seemingly off him today because of those 2 good games, he went right back to stinking up the joint.

Park could have been pulled after one inning, where he gave up 3 runs to the lowly Nationals.  But Charlie Manuel sent him out for a 2nd inning; Park got 1 out and then proceeded to load the bases and walk a run in.  So, that was that.  1 1/3 innings is the official line with 5 runs on 5 hits and 4 walks.  Jack Taschner added the 5th run when he came in on relief and hit the next batter, sending another run home.  Something needs to be done with Park.  It is clear now that, as I suspected, he only pitches well when threatened with losing his job.  We need a starter who is self-motivated.

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The good news amidst all the starting pitching hoopla is that the offense found their bats in this series against the Nats.  Jimmy Rollins had 7 hits in this series and is slowly digging out of an early offensive hole.  Raul Ibanez continues to impress; he had 9 hits and 3 home runs in the last 4 games!  And Pedro Feliz had 7 hits in the series.  Everyone is contributing, and things are beginning to look up.

A few other pitching notes for the series:  P3046225 Carpenter.jpgAndrew Carpenter came up from AA for the day yesterday to pitch the 2nd game of the doubleheader and got the job done.  He gave up 5 runs in 4 1/3 innings, but he gave them the innings they needed and the offense, plus a rain-shortened night, gave the Phils the 7-5 win.  Carpenter went back to AA and Sergio Escalona, 24, was called in to replace him.  Escalona, in his major league debut today, pitched one scoreless inning and earned the win.  Congrats to the rookies!

The Phillies will take tomorrow off and then begin a 3 game series in Cincinnati, continuing the long road trip.  Who will be starting for the Phillies?  Nothing is written in stone right now.  Jamie Moyer had his schedules Tuesday start pushed back to Wednesday; Joe Blanton has been terrible; and I think we all know how Park is doing.  A lot of decisions are going to have to be made soon.

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Photos by Jenn

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