Cole Hamels totally mystified the Brewers tonight. They looked confused at the plate, and even had a bad defensive game as they were so bleary-eyed from facing Hamels. After 8 full innings of work, Hamels had not given up a run and only surrendered 2 hits. He also had 9 strikeouts in his shut-out performance.
The Phillies offense was not much better against the Brewers’ starter. They had only 3 hits off him and, thanks to a Brewers error in the 3rd, wound up scoring 3 runs that inning, none of them earned. But that turned out to be all the offense they needed. Brad Lidge had another tummy turner of an outing as he allowed 2 hits, one walk and one run. As I stood in the rain, wiping the water from my face, I was so queasy I thought I might pass out. Well, Lidge did eventually put me out of my misery and escaped with the win. It was very emotional, as you can see…here is a shot right after the game of Jimmy Rollins and Lidge sharing the moment:
The pre-game festivities were exciting as well. Broadcasters and Alumni took the stage to rile up the fans and then a pre-recorded message of thanks from both Pat Gillick and Jamie Moyer was played for the fans on the big screen TV outside the stadium. On stage, we heard from Greg Luzinski, Larry Anderson, Mitch Williams, Gary Matthews and of course, Harry Kalas who sung “High Hopes” for us again. Here are some photos from the rally:
I will be at tomorrows’ game as well and hope to bring you more photos and info. Until then, I must get some sleep! Go Phillies!
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