Today I wondered if the following scenario has ever happened in baseball before: A middle relief pitcher gets a game win on the same day that a tee shirt with his name, number and face on it is given away to fans. That is what occurred today in a 6-4 Phillies win over the San Francisco Giants for reliever Ken Giles. Giles pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings, striking out 3 Giants to keep the Phillies in line for the victory.
Sean O’Sullivan started the game and actually, despite his struggles, did fairly well. He allowed 3 runs in 6 innings for a quality start and also helped at the plate with a sacrifice bunt. The Phanatic tried to help out before the game by squatting on top of Giants players, but the molestation turned out to be unnecessary. Although, the Phanatic gets an A for effort.
The Phillies actually found some offense today, which was a nice change. After hitting a grand slam last night, Jeff Francour followed that up with a 2-run pinch-hit triple today. Both Maikel Franco and Odubel Hererra hit solo homers. And Cody Asche also collected 2 RBI in the game.
Once Giles got the Phillies through the 7th and 8th innings, Jonathan Papelbon came in for the save. After he committed an error to extend the inning and gave up 1 unearned run, Papelbon did finally shut the door on the Giants to salvage one game in this series.
The Phillies head to Cincinnati next for a 3-game series with the Reds.
Here is the full Photo Album from today’s game.