In the first 7 innings of tonight’s game, fans were wondering, where have the Phillies bats gone? Several of them are on the DL, but how about the rest? Did the plane carrying the bats from Miami back to Philadelphia crash on a deserted island, leaving the bats stranded and hopeless? Can we please get a rescue team together to go find them? Please?
The Phillies had opportunities to score early in this game against the Mets. With the bases loaded and 2 outs in the first, Carlos Ruiz began to cool off from his recent hot streak; he struck out to end the inning. One run scored in the inning, but they should have had more. The Phils did get a number of 2 out hits, but they were mostly with no one on base.
But then it was Ruiz and most of his teammates in the 8th inning who finally found the bats again. 5 straight singles followed. Yes, the bats have been rescued! Everyone got in on the action; Mike Sweeney started the inning off with his first hit as a Phillie; Jayson Werth, Ben Francisco, Ruiz and Wilson Valdez followed suit. Ross Gload walked with the bases loaded to score another run and Jimmy Rollins singled in the 4th run of the inning.
Later that same inning, Sweeney got another hit; his second hit as a Phillie also added his first RBI as a Phillie. By the end of the 8th, the Phillies had sent 11 batters to the plate and scored 6 runs to put them up by a score of 7-2 over the stunned Mets.
So, maybe the bats just had jet lag and it took until the 8th inning to wake them up? Whatever the deal, it was very nice to see them again. Someone else who was happy to see the bats was starting pitcher Joe Blanton, who had a good outing. He lasted 7 innings, allowing just 2 runs on 7 hits without walking a batter. Sadly for Blanton, he was out of the game before the run barrage started.
So while Blanton could not get the win, the team certainly could. Danys Baez pitched the 9th and got the first two outs. JC Romero was brought in with 2 runners on base and, just for some added drama, he gave up a 3-run homer. With a now close 7-5 game, Romero was pulled and Brad Lidge came into what was then a save situation. He struck out the final batter to end the game; whew!
The Phils have two more games with the Mets this weekend; tomorrow’s game starts at 7:05pm with Cole Hamels pitching.
By the way, congratulations to former catcher Darren Daulton who was inducted to the Phillies Wall of Fame before today’s game. Daulton is widely thought to be one of the best catchers and best leaders in Phillies history. He is well deserving of the honor. In his acceptance speech, he referred to Phillies fans as his family and said we were all invited to his house for dinner on Sunday night. Hey Darren, you forget to give us your address. Please pass on the info…I’ll be there ;o)
Player photos by Jenn Zambri Photography