There were a number of moves made right before tonight’s Phillies – Athletics match-up. Catcher Brian Schneider came off the DL, while Roy Oswalt went on the DL. With no need for a 3rd catcher, Dane Sardinha was sent back down and pitcher Scott Mathieson was recalled and added to the bullpen. And J.C. Romero cleared waivers, declined a minor league offer and was then given his outright release.
And while that was a whole lot of movement in one day, no one expected these roster moves to be the big action of the night. Because once the game started, it was nap time.
I like a pitcher’s duel as much as the next fan, but this game, although it remained hitless for a long, long time, was not your typical duel. The pitching was not super sharp from either team and both sides issued a bunch of walks.
Despite the slight sloppiness, neither team earned a hit until two outs into the sixth inning. Vance Worley’s no-hitter was broken up by a Hideki Matsui double.
In the bottom of the sixth, Placido Polanco got the first hit of the night for the Phillies with a single against Guillermo Moscoso. Pronouncing Moscoso’s name was more entertaining than his pitching as the game dragged on with little action.
By the eighth inning, each team had only two hits. And both teams had issued five walks each by the time the ninth inning began. Several fans left in the stands appeared to be struggling to keep themselves upright.
As the yawns continued and the Phillies offense snoozed, even my cat fell asleep. But a 0-0 ballgame is no time for a cat nap!
So in the 9th inning, Shane Victorino walked and Domonic Brown got his second single of the night. A sac fly moved them into scoring position. So with two outs, Ben Francisco stepped to the plate, determined to wake up all the sleepy fans in the stands. He smacked an RBI-single to left for the walk-off win.
The Phillies just barely pulled off a 1-0 win to open this home stand. And now, because it took them nine innings to wake me up, I will not be able to sleep for hours. But when I finally do, at least I will have pleasant dreams ;o)
Cole Hamelspitches tomorrow! And with any luck, the offense will join him in the effort; game time is 7:05pm.
Photos by Jenn Zambri Photography