It has been a slamming first half for the Phillies who today, hit their 7th Grand Slam of 2009. Three went to Ryan Howard and then one a piece to Jayson Werth, Shane Victorino, Raul Ibanez, and today, Pedro Feliz. Howard had a chance at a slam early in the 1st inning this afternoon, but hit a sac fly instead. But then Feliz came to bat later that same inning and took care of the salami for him. The five runs in that inning were the only offense of the day for the Phils, but that was all they needed to sweep this 3-game series with the Pirates.
Today’s 5-2 win made this a 9-1 home stand for the Phillies who had struggled most of the year at home. It also marked the 3rd most wins during any home stand in history for the Phillies. The pitching and offense finally worked together; sprinkle in some great defense, like the three double plays turned today, and things are looking very bright for this team going into the break.
And as usual, JA Happ did an outstanding job on the mound. Happ went 7 innings and allowed just one run. There have been many rumors lately about Happ being involved in a possible trade for Roy Halladay, but it seems like it would be a foolish move to make. Happ has been the most consistent starter since he was handed the job and he is unwavering on the mound when under pressure. We would all like to see Halladay in Philly, but losing Happ is too steep a price.
Home Run Derby featuring the Phillies’ Ryan Howard and Workout Day. The Derby begins at 7pm.
Red Carpet Parade, 2pm
80th All-Star Game, 7pm
After that, the Phillies will have just one day off (Wednesday) and have to return to play a day earlier than all but one other team, the Florida Marlins. Due to an NFL scheduling conflict, a Phillies-Marlins game that was to take place in September, has been moved to Thursday, 7/16 in Miami at 7:10pm. Hopefully, the shortened break for the Phillies will have no effect.
But for now, get ready to cheer on Howard at the Derby tomorrow night!
Feliz Photo by Jenn