Yes, miracles never cease. The Phillies won a game last night! About an hour and a half before game time, however, it did not look like a game would be played. In Delaware just before Wilmington, the river overflowed and started to flood I-95. Then it took me ½ hour just to pass through Wilmington as I-495 to Philly is closed, and will be possibly for a year (gasp!) due to a bridge problem. Finally, I thought I was home free…then the heavy rain and floods came.
While contemplating building an ark, I inched down I-95 at about 15mph and struggled to see through my windshield. There were accidents all over the place. But the time I passed the airport in south Philly, I seriously thought I might not make it to the stadium as the water was so high on the road I might have floated away. After I finally parked, I had to trek through water 6 inches deep, well above my ankles, just to get into the stadium, which was equally flooded. But there was no way I was not getting my free Chase Utley bobblehead!
So I guess three miracles occurred last night. I made it to the game without having to build an ark, the sun came out 20 minutes before game time and then the Phillies actually won. Amazing! A.J. Burnett had a relatively easy job though. Only 1 batter in the Padres starting line-up was batting over .250. And some were batting under .200. This is a very bad team.
Then again, so are the Phillies. But the offense actually did score some runs, mostly thanks to Marlon Byrd who had 4 RBI on the night with a 3-run bomb in the 4th and a sac fly in the 6th inning. Utley, Ryan Howard and Ben Revere each had 2 hits each and Utley picked up another RBI. It looks like he intends to swing his way into the All-Star game again this year. Utley is batting .318 with 31 RBI and 4 homers so far.
But what is a Phillies game without an error? Howard let an easy ground ball sneak right between his legs in the 1st inning. Amazing. The rest of the fielding was pretty good though. Both Revere and Domonic Brown had impressive, diving grabs in the outfield, which was nice to see.
And then Jonathan Papelbon earned his 300th career save, but he did not exactly do it convincingly. Papelbon gave up 2 hits and then hit a batter to load the bases before finally recording 3 outs.
Also, before the game the Phillies signed their first round draft pick, Aaron Nola. And rookie reliever Ken Giles, who was called up on Sunday, still has not gotten into a game. And so we wait…
Here is the Photo Album from the game. The Phillies play the Padresagain tonight at 7:05pm and Cole Hamels will pitch.
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Photos by Jenn Zambri Photography