There was so little contact with the ball in last night’s Phillies-Red Sox match-up, that for most of the game, the fielders looked like this:
The Phillies pitchers struck out 14 batters and the Sox struck out 20 batters. Phillies starter Joe Blanton had a great game, giving up just 2 solo homers in 7 innings. But Jon Lester of the Sox out-pitched him by 1 run. It was a classic pitcher’s duel, but left many fans at the park were left wondering if they should have brought their pillows.
The greatest excitement for most of the game was watching the emotional JC Romero pitch against the team that let him go in 2007 (thank you, Sox!). In his usual style, Romero was all over the zone, but effective. He pitched part of the 8th and the entire 9th while allowing only 1 hit and 1 walk. JC, we are SO happy to have you back!
Phillies fans were woken from their slumber though in the bottom of the 9th when Ryan Howard hit a solo home run to tie the game at 2-2. Extra innings followed, for the 3rd game in a row, but the Phillies were robbed of the win from the umpire (in my opinion anyway).
Greg Dobbs hit what should have been a 2-run homer that was called a foul ball in the 11th inning. Jim Joyce, who called it foul, refused to check the replay after manager Charlie Manuel requested it. Tell me why then do we have Instant Replay? Wasn’t the entire purpose to check on game changing calls?
Look at the photo to the right; I freeze framed the video right as the ball passes the pole. If the pole were taller, the ball would have hit it. Therefore, it is a fair ball – game over. But either Joyce is a Red Sox fan or he just likes staying up all night into extra innings. At the very least, he should have reviewed it. If he did so and still called it foul, fine. I can live with that. But the fact that he just flat out refused? Unacceptable.
But as we all know, umpires can screw with games as often as they like and suffer no consequences. So, on to the 12th inning they went… was recalled from the minors today after Scott Eyre was placed on the 15-day DL before the game with a calf strain. This is a big shot to the Phillies bullpen. Eyre has been great this year with a 2.57 ERA in 25 games. And Kendrick trying to replace him, clearly was not up to the challenge. He did fine in the 12th but then allowed 3 runs to the Sox in the 13th, losing the game for the Phillies.
So despite the amazing pitching (except Kendrick), and the 2-run homer that was called foul from Dobbs, the Phillies went down 5-2 in this first game of three. I am getting ready to go to the game tonight and will be packing an extra set of glasses for Mr. Joyce. Oh, and if I could somehow impart some common sense and decency onto him, I would gladly do that as well.
Kitty – funnyanimalphotos.com
Kendrick – Jenn
Foul or Fair? – mlb.com