Greg Dobbs is a magician. Just ask JA Happ. While Happ pitched very well in last night’s 5-1 win over the Padres, he gives credit to Dobbs for turning his night around after a dicey 2nd inning. Dobbs made a running, over the shoulder grab in right field to get Happ out of an inning where he had given up 2 singles and a walk to load the bases. After the game, Happ said, “Dobber really turned the game around and gave me some confidence and made me focus in there more.” Ultimately, Happ got through 7 scoreless innings with only 4 hits total surrendered. He now has a record of 4-0 and a 2.48 ERA.
JC Romero returned to the mound tonight after that ridiculous 50-game suspension. JC, welcome back! We missed you! Romero pitched 1 1/3 innings and gave up 2 hits, a walk and one unearned run. He was likely very emotional in his return, but he got the job done. It must be a huge relief for him to finally get that first game out of the way. By the way, Happy Birthday to JC who turns 33 today!
As for the offense, Ryan Howard belted a 2-run homer in the 1st to get the game off to a great start. And Dobbs was a magician at the plate, as well as in the field, with 2 hits, including a double. Pedro Feliz, Raul Ibanez and Jayson Werth each knocked in a run and Chase Utley extended his hitting streak to 8 games. Every starting position player had a hit in the game except Chris Coste, but he walked twice.
This win in San Diego marks the Phillies 2nd sweep and 6th victory in a row!
Shooting From The Hip
The New York Times did an article this week on the recent rise in hip injuries, which have included Phillies’ Chase Utley, Brett Myers and now, Shane Victorino, who left the game last night with a left hip problem.
Other big names like Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees and Carlos Delgado of the Mets have suffered the same injuries this year to their hip labrums. Are they putting something in our water or is there another explanation?
While the theories vary, it seems many doctors think it may be a combination of kids who start playing at young ages before their bones are fully developed and strength training that focuses on knees and other areas, thereby putting more strain on the hips. In my own personal experience, I can tell you both may be true. I was diagnosed with the same hip injury over a year ago. I chose to avoid surgery (for now) because it is very risky and in my case, it was possible that it may make things worse. Being that I do not have a physical job like a professional athlete, I can get away with hobbling around when I need to.
In my case, I started playing baseball when I was 6 years old; plus, I have an underlying genetic bone deformity that is not helping the situation. But I played anyway, because I wanted to feel like a normal kid. Doctors were always worried about my knees and sure enough, a knee injury ended my playing days half way through high school. In the years that passed, I spent countless hours building leg strength to protect my knees, as instructed by the doctors. Now you can use my calf muscles to hold up a coffee table, but my hips are shot. Coincidence? They say hindsight is always 20-20.
When you focus on one part of the body, how can you expect the rest not to suffer? This seems to be the case here. Ten years from now, we may have the answer. For the time being, all that can be done is to treat the issues as they arise. I will keep you updated on Shane’s condition as the information is published.
The weary eyes of all those intent on following this west coast trip will get no rest this week. The play continues tonight in Los Angeles, which begins a 4-game series with the Dodgers. And no sleep in sight for the East Coast fans…
Dobbs Photo by Jenn
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