On paper, Cliff Lee had a good night against the Mets on Sunday. He went seven innings, allowing just one run. But he did walk two batters, which is not usual for Lee, and gave up eight hits.
A tough first inning where Lee had to throw 34 pitches to get out of it probably cut his day a bit short. But it did not matter too much as neither offense felt like playing.
Chris Young was very good for the Mets and allowed just two hits to the Phillies. His wind-up is similar to that of ex-Phillie, J.A. Happ, as he hides the ball behind his leg before releasing, which probably keeps the hitter guessing.
While the offense was sleepy, the defense had a few nice plays. It seems that Pete Orr, filling in at second base, has a penchant for going airborne:
The outfielders looked good too, unless they were at the plate, of course. No one looked good on offense:
In fact, Raul Ibanez is still mired in a huge slump and is now 0-34. He had chances to break out and propel the team to a win but he struck out in the seventh with two runners on. And in the eighth, Ibanez had the bases loaded with two outs in a tie game and he hit a weak ground ball to end the inning.
The Phillies left the bases loaded earlier in the game, too. Brian Schneider struck out on a check swing in the seventh, which was a late call from the 3rd base ump and prompted Charlie Manuel to get himself tossed out of the game.
Eventually, Kyle Kendrick gave up the winning run in the 14th inning, handing the Mets a 2-1 win.
But there were still a few special moments during the game. People began to get word of Osama bin Laden’s demise via smartphone and chants of “USA! USA!” rang throughout the ballpark before even the players knew what had happened.
It was a touching moment where all fans, Phillies and Mets together, could celebrate something together. So the next time someone rags on Philly fans and goes on about some 40-year old Santa Claus crap, show them this video. These fans far outnumber the select few morons who simply cannot conduct themselves in a proper manner in public.
So a loss for the Phillies was still a win for America. I am more than okay with that.
FYI – Here is the full Photo Album from the game.
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Photos by Jenn Zambri Photography