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Cole Hamels is back in All-Star shape after today’s complete game shut-out of the Reds, giving up only 3 hits and 3 walks with 4 strike outs. He looked more than comfortable, even giving a wry smile when Ken Griffey Jr. missed home run #600 by inches off him late in the game, flying out to Shane Victorino in center who caught the long ball right up against the padded wall. Cole wasn’t rattled. He just grinned and kept right on pitching. So, now he can sit back and celebrate a job well done and give his tired arm a well deserved rest J
Bit of a slowdown offensively again, with just 5 hits and 2 earned runs; the other runs came off of errors. One thing to point out though is that Geoff Jenkins has been quietly bringing his average up. He is at a .285 right now and the home run today puts him at 6 for the year, which is an area I think when he was brought in, he was really expected to put up some numbers similar to what Rowand did when he was here. So, this is a good sign that he may have found his comfort zone in this park and with the team. Victorino had another hit today too, which continues his streak of consistent hitting and getting on base. He is batting a .283 right now and has 12 stolen bases. It’s good to see some of these guys that had been struggling look like they have found their groove.
On to Atlanta now to face the Braves who have recently been rocked by the loss of veteran pitcher John Smoltz to surgery. I would pretend to be saddened by this news, but then you might scroll down my blog and see my Braves voodoo doll and realize that I am so not telling the truth J Well, in all honesty, I wish pain and surgery upon no one; but a really good opposing pitcher is welcome to take a vacation from his team any time he likes, especially when they are about to play the Phillies!
And since I forgot to mention it in the previous entry, if anyone has an odd fear of squirrels, stay out of sections 145 and 144 in Citizens Bank Park. That is where my friend the squirrel was wandering about yesterday J But seriously people, they are so cute! Just toss him a french fry and let him be… Have a good one!
As for the rest of the gang, Kendrick looked a bit shaky tonight. His sinker wasn’t really sinking and I think it was good to pull him early and just unfortunate that Durbin could not hold those 2 runs in after he left. The offense did leave a lot of men on base again, which made the game a lot more interesting than it should have been. A strange base running mistake by Pat Burrell in the 5th to get tagged out, leading to a double play, really didn’t help either. But, thanks to 2 great catches by Utley, his 5th night in a row with a home run, and a huge save, yet again, by Lidge, a win is a win!
And as for Chase Utley, deserving as ever, he has been named the National League Player of the Week for the 5th time in his career and the second time this year. After hitting 5 home runs last week which led the Majors, he became the first second baseman ever in Major League history to reach 20 total home runs in one season in fewer than 60 games. Of course, after tonight’s game, bring that total up to 21 homers! He also had a league leading 14 RBI’s and 25 total bases last week with a slugging percentage of 1.087, coming in 2nd place there. Looks like he is well on his way to All-Star game #3 this year, having topped everyone in the NL in votes at last count. Remember to keep voting. You can VOTE 25 times a day! Let’s see if we can get Pat Burrell in there. How about J-Roll and all the rest of the Phillies too! Keep voting…
And can I have a drum roll please… It is the moment you have all been waiting for! Well, maybe just a few of you anyway J I finally broke down and did the voodoo to the Atlanta Braves! My uncle, a lifetime Braves fan, will just have to deal. I don’t think he is reading this anyway J So, here is J-Roll Smurf, yet again, doing the dirty work! Only this time, he has graduated to a big-boy bat and enlisted the help of “Colemit the Frog” who will hold the Braves rally monkey still while J-Roll Smurf whacks him with the big-boy bat:
So, if all this stuffie toy magic does not keep the Phillies a-top the NL East, then I just don’t know what will! So, no Ken Griffey Jr. tonight…the suspense continues… Go Phillies!
In answer to my own question yesterday, Ryan Howard is back! Yeah! I am so happy to see smiling Ryan again :o) The sad pooh-pooh face was just no fun at all. He hit another homer in Houston last night and went 3 for 5 with a total of 2 RBI’s, finally smashing through the Mendoza line! Now batting .207, Howard can relax a little and hopefully get that average up into a respectable area.
Are you all wondering what the voodoo is all about? Don’t worry…we are getting to that…read on though, I have more to cover first. Solid offensive output all around last night. Most everyone pitched in, but they still left a lot of men on base. As for the pitching, Kendrick is obviously still on a learning curve here…he’s making me nervous! Not a bad performance, but kind of shaky with his location being off a lot at times. It will be interesting to see how much he learns from his mistakes from start to start this year. But as usual, great job by the pen and nice to see Lidge have a happy return to Houston!
I am so sick of the Marlins winning! Can this team just go away already? So, I have made my very own Florida Marlins voodoo doll. I am using my J-Roll Smurf stuffie doll to beat him up with:
I think we should all make one. I was going to make a Mets voodoo doll too, but then I realized, they already have one of their very own…he is called “Billy Wagner and His Huge Team Morale Smashing Mouth.” We should put one of those in every opposing clubhouse :o) They just dropped 4 straight to the Atlanta Braves! Johan Santana, the gazillion dollar man, or whatever they pay him, gave up 13 hits, 3 earned runs and only 1 strike out in 7 innings! Wonder what Mr. Wagner had to say about that? Probably something with like 20 cuss words in it and his finger pointed at every one on the team sucking except for him… What a team player…gotta love him!
So, then I was going to make a Braves voodoo doll…but, my Uncle is a Braves fan, and also a minister and so I thought perhaps I might be struck down by a bolt of lightning if I tried it!. Soooooooo…hey, can someone else do it for me? Shhhhh…don’t tell! As for the Nationals, why waste my time, really? Talk to me when they get hot…(and as I say that, I am silently hoping I did not jinx it…)