This is why I love baseball. Anything can happen. The Phillies pitching sucked big time, but even bigger, timely hits saved the day! Phillies beat the Nationals 13-11 and we all LOVE Raul Ibanez! Get to that in a minute….
First, let’s give the pitching a well deserved spanking! I’m sorry Joe Blanton, but the nickname I gave you last year when you were stinking up the joint is back: It’s Joe Blah-nton! As much as I hate to dub anyone with a “BLAH!”, after a horrid start to the season and an 8.41 ERA, it only seems fitting. Consider it a challenge. Prove me wrong. PLEASE.
Blah-anton surrendered 6 runs tonight on 8 hits and 3 walks, including 3 monster home runs; and all this in only 4.1 innings. Yikes! But hey, the bullpen did no better. Jack Taschner chipped in one run and Scott Eyre, entering the “every pitchers nightmare” category, gave up not one, but TWO 2-run home runs in ZERO innings. He was pulled before he even recorded an out.
But thank goodness for Ryan Howard and RAUUUUUUUUUL Ibanez! Both players whacked a GRAND SLAM in the game! The last time the Phillies hit 2 slams in one game was 2003 when Tomas Perez and Jason Michaels did it. Howard’s slam tied the game up at 6-6. Later, after the pitching exploded again and the Phils trailed 11-7, Ibanez gave them the lead in the 8th with his salami. It was Raul’s 3rd hit of the game. Jimmy Rollins also had a 3 hit game, while attempting to slip out of his slump; looks like he found his mojo again.
Ryan Madson got the save in the 9th in the absence of Brad Lidge, who has inflammation in his right knee. Hopefully, it is not serious; the MRI was clean and he is day-to-day. Carlos Ruiz was given a rest today in AAA Lehigh Valley; he experienced some discomfort in his injured oblique area during batting practice and was held out of the game. Looks like Lou Marson and Chris Coste will continue to man the backstop for a while. Marson looks great behind the plate; he keeps ball in front of him and he has a good arm too. His hitting will come along as he gets more at-bats. And Coste is Coste…he’ll get the job done.
So who’s going to get their Charlie Manuel bobblehead tomorrow night? You know I am! Hope to see ya there….7:05pm start with Cole Hamels getting the start!
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