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Happy Hamels


Thumbnail image for Hamels in a bubble.jpgSomeone finally took the whammy off Cole Hamels.  And it is about time!  Hamels made his comeback tonight from the elbow injury, the shoulder injury and finally, the ankle injury; he got through 6 innings allowing only 2 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks.  I guess my protective bubble worked for him :O)  Hamels can now breathe a huge sigh of relief!  Whew!

The sad news today is that Shane Victorino ended his 16-game hit streak, going 0 for 5.  :O(  But all the other position starters had a hit in the game, so it’s all good.  Jayson Werth knocked in 2 runs in the 3rd inning on a home run.  Chase Utley and Chris Coste also blasted homers in the game; Utley’s went into the 2nd deck of right centerfield.  A few Braves errors helped out the scoring early on as well.

Brad Lidge had a rough 9th inning, but lucky for the Phils, he had a 7 run pad to work with.  Lidge started the inning with a walk, a double and then a 3-run homer.  After he got that insanity out of his system though, he buckled down and got the 3 outs needed to end the game.  Phillies win, 10-6.

But the real excitement of the game came in the 4th inning when a fan ran onto the field to high-five Pedro Feliz.  Personally, I’d have jumped Utley, but that’s just me :O)  The chase was not shown on TV, like usual, but we were entertained by the giggling of Chipper Jones and Ryan Howard as they watched the events unfold.  Eventually, the fan was run down and taken away…probably to the funny farm and the people in the funny white coats :O)

I don’t know about you, but if I watch that puppet any longer, they are going to have to come take me away…

So on to the next game!  Phillies-Braves tomorrow afternoon, 3:40pm with Joe Blanton pitching.  And as usual, don’t forget to go on-line and VOTE for your All-Stars!  Do it, or I’ll send the men in the funny white coats to come getcha! ;O)

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Chan Ho Must Go

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Ask me how I really feel…  Ok, well, Chan Ho Park doesn’t have to go far…maybe just to the bullpen where he should have been to start with.  At this point in his 16-year career, Park no longer has what it takes to start.  Park started 4 games this season and here is his ERA in each one: 13.50, 7.20, 5.14 and today, 13.50.  Including one inning he pitched in another game early in the season, Park’s ERA for the season so far is 8.57.  Not only are the numbers bad, but he has only gone beyond 5 innings one time, which is taxing our bullpen.

Today’s start was a disaster.  Park lasted only 4.2 innings, gave up 7 earned runs and walked SIX batters.  Mets fans everywhere thank him.  Phillies fans would like to see heads roll.  How much more do we need to see out of this guy before designating him to the pen? 


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The Phillies have JA Happ who would love a shot at starting; Carlos Carrasco would be thrilled to come up to the majors; and even Chad Durbin would not mind taking over if needed.  Options abound.  Why then not take advantage of them?

In fact, the score may have been much worse if not for the Phillies great defense.  Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard bailed Park out with an amazing double play in the 1st inning, after he had already dug an 0-2 hole for the team.  Raul Ibanez made a super sliding grab in the outfield later as well.

Our offense struggled again, but still scored 4 runs, despite a 6th inning base running blunder by Chris Coste and Greg Dobbs, who looked like Laurel & Hardy on the base path.  Both were caught between bases after a Mets error and Coste was tagged out.  Rollins was also caught stealing for the 2nd time this season.  But the Mets were sloppy as well; the Phillies simply did not take advantage.

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I suddenly feel the need for some comic relief.  This cartoon always makes me laugh.  As the series with the Mets moves on to game 2 tomorrow at 3:40pm, try to think happy thoughts.

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Happy Bunny by Jim Benton

 

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Two Grand Slams Save The Phillies Pitching

This is why I love baseball.  Anything can happen.  The Phillies pitching sucked big time, but even bigger, timely hits saved the day!  Phillies beat the Nationals 13-11 and we all LOVE Raul Ibanez!  Get to that in a minute…. 


First, let’s give the pitching a well deserved spanking!  I’m sorry Joe Blanton, but the nickname I gave you last year when you were stinking up the joint is back:  It’s Joe Blah-nton!  As much as I hate to dub anyone with a “BLAH!”, after a horrid start to the season and an 8.41 ERA, it only seems fitting.  Consider it a challenge.  Prove me wrong.  PLEASE.

Blah-anton surrendered 6 runs tonight on 8 hits and 3 walks, including 3 monster home runs; and all this in only 4.1 innings.  Yikes!  But hey, the bullpen did no better.  Jack Taschner chipped in one run and Scott Eyre, entering the “every pitchers nightmare” category, gave up not one, but TWO 2-run home runs in ZERO innings.  He was pulled before he even recorded an out.

But thank goodness for Ryan Howard and RAUUUUUUUUUL Ibanez!  Both players whacked a GRAND SLAM in the game!  The last time the Phillies hit 2 slams in one game was 2003 when Tomas Perez and Jason Michaels did it.  Howard’s slam tied the game up at 6-6.  Later, after the pitching exploded again and the Phils trailed 11-7, Ibanez gave them the lead in the 8th with his salami.  It was Raul’s 3rd hit of the game.  Jimmy Rollins also had a 3 hit game, while attempting to slip out of his slump; looks like he found his mojo again.P4170401 Ibanez.jpg

Ryan Madson got the save in the 9th in the absence of Brad Lidge, who has inflammation in his right knee.  Hopefully, it is not serious; the MRI was clean and he is day-to-day.  Carlos Ruiz was given a rest today in AAA Lehigh Valley; he experienced some discomfort in his injured oblique area during batting practice and was held out of the game.  Looks like Lou Marson and Chris Coste will continue to man the backstop for a while.  Marson looks great behind the plate; he keeps ball in front of him and he has a good arm too.  His hitting will come along as he gets more at-bats.  And Coste is Coste…he’ll get the job done.

So who’s going to get their Charlie Manuel bobblehead tomorrow night?  You know I am!  Hope to see ya there….7:05pm start with Cole Hamels getting the start!

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Moyer Loves Fish…Mmmm!

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Jamie Moyer completed the sweep of the Florida Marlins today by frying the pesky Fish; his record now stands at 12-1 against the Marlins.  This win was a back breaker for the Marlins, who lost 13-2, and even had to use their right-fielder, Cody Ross, to pitch the final inning.  Moyer’s pitching baffled the aggressive young hitters who struck out 6 times and managed only 1 run against Moyer.  Great defense was a help as well, with Raul Ibanez making an unbelievable snag of a long fly ball against the wall in left.  Had he missed it, it would have plated at least 2 more runs for the Fish.  Ibanez continues to impress, silencing all doubters who were upset by the exit of Pat Burrell.

Jimmy Rollins got the day off to reflect on his awful start to the season and Eric Bruntlett filled in nicely, going 1 for 4 with 1 RBI, 1 walk and 2 runs scored.  Pedro Feliz must like fried Fish as well; he had 3 hits, 2 RBI, 1 walk and 2 runs scored.  Yummy!  In fact, all of the Phillies, Moyer included, had at least one hit in the game except Chris Coste.  Coste also had a brain-fart in the 5th inning when he grabbed a bunted ball and threw to 2nd instead of getting the sure out at first base.  Not his day, for sure.  But luckily, the rest of the team was hungry and happy to gobble up the Fishies.  My favorite part of the following video is about 1 min, 15 seconds in…you’ll see why:

The Phillies would love to continue their feeding frenzy tomorrow when they take on the Washington Nationals at home with Joe Blanton on the mound.  Start time is 7:05pm and if you are hungry too, head out to the ballpark; it is dollar dog night!  Not as fun as Fish heads, but still pretty good.

In case you missed it in my earlier blog, I have posted a Photo Album of the Iron Pigs game from yesterday.  You will see shots of Carlos Ruiz rehabbing, Kyle Kendrick pitching, the park, the mascots and much more!  Enjoy :O)

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Phils Drown the Brew Crew

What began as a beautiful day for baseball last night, ended with a soggy, windy chill in the air, but a big win for the Phillies.  The Brewers sunk under the weight of the Phillies bats.  The 11-4 win included a 1 hour and 18 minute rain delay in the 7th inning when the heavens opened up and dumped buckets of water upon us, plus thunder and lightning.  But not even Mother Nature could keep the Phillies down on this day.

Jamie Moyer pitched a good game and had trouble only with Ryan Braun, who he has yet to figure out.  Braun was 5 for 5 in the game with all 4 RBI’s for the Brewers and 2 home runs off Moyer.  Aside from Braun though, Jamie sailed through the game in which he lasted 6 innings giving up those 4 runs on 7 hits and 1 walk.  Moyer even scored a run after drawing a walk in the 5th inning.042109a.jpg

The offense tore up the Brewers pitching, with everyone except Moyer and Ryan Howard getting a hit, although each drew a walk.  Pedro Feliz led the charge with 3 hits, including a solo homer and 3 RBI total on the day.  He appears to be fully recovered after the off-season back surgery.  As does Chase Utley, after his hip surgery; Utley drew 3 walks in the game, had 1 hit, 1 RBI and scored a run.

In other injury news, Carlos Ruiz is said to be doing well after an oblique strain and hopes to return sometime next week.  No need to rush though, as Chris Coste and Lou Marson have done a great job filling in behind the plate.  Coste had 2 doubles last night, both of which came with 2 outs in the inning.  Ruiz needs to make sure he is healthy before coming back as the oblique is an easy area to re-injury if you are not careful.

Speaking of Marson, I snagged a ball that he hit over the outfield wall during batting practice; not only did he almost tear the cover off it, but the once round ball now looks like an egg.  It is actually slightly oblong now.  I’ll try to get a picture of it later and add it to the Photo Album from the game.  In the meantime, here are a few more shots from the game; Jayson Werth batting, Utley running and Raul Ibanez with a pop-up slide into home:

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Joe Blanton will tow the rubber tonight in Game 2 against the Brewers.  First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm.

 

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Beautiful Tribute, Ugly Game

How do you blow a 6 run lead?  Just ask the Phillies.  No doubt, it was an emotional day for all of us in Phillies-land, as Harry Kalas was remembered before the game and pictures and video of Harry were shown in the park between innings.  Kalas Tribute.jpg

His three sons threw out the first pitch and Kane Kalas sung the National Anthem.  There were numerous salutes to Harry around the park, including the memorial outside the 3rd base gate at the Mike Schmidt statue.  Schmidt was also in attendance at the game and caught one of the pitches from Harry’s sons as did John Kruk and Jimmy Rollins.

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With all the emotions flying about, it just made you wish even more that the Phillies could have pulled this one out for Harry.  I suppose it was just not meant to be.

The game began for me with multiple bad omens, which I happily ignored as the Phillies jumped to a 5 run lead in the first inning.  I was hit in the head twice before the game even started, and not by a baseball. 


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A man above me in the handicapped section actually dropped his 4-foot metal walking brace on my head; what he could have been doing up there to make this happen, I have NO idea.  One minute, I am in my seat reading, the next minute, I am almost knocked unconscious.  After I regained some semblance of lucidity, I handed the metal rod of death up to him; he said he was sorry and that was that.  No one even came over to see if I was ok.  Unbelievable.


As I rubbed my head, now nursing a major headache, another foreign object whacked me in the back of the head, in the same spot!  I looked up and saw a Comcast employee winding up one of those 1 inch thick TV cables, which is what got me the second time.  This jerk did not even blink; he said nothing, pulled the cable away and left!  As you may imagine, I was quite woozy at this point.  I just sat there dazed and confused and, seriously, you won’t believe what happened next.  Some idiot looking for his seat backed up into my row and stood on my foot while he looked around.  He did not move until I lifted my leg and physically removed him from my foot!  I got a very lame, “oh, sorry” as he wandered off.  Clearly, this was not my day.

The game finally began and the Phillies jumped off to 5 run lead with a Chase Utley 3-run homer and a Chris Coste 2-run double.  Perhaps these bad omens were just some sick cosmic joke?  By the 4th inning, the Phils had a 6-run lead.  How could they possible blow this, especially on Harry’s day?  Well, I’ll tell you how; pitching and managing.  Cole Hamels began to self-destruct in the 5th inning, giving up a 2-run home run to the Padres Scott Hairston.  He also allowed 2 more hits and a walk in that inning and was due to bat 2nd in the line-up.  So, did Charlie Manuel remove the tiring Hamels for a pinch hitter in the bottom of the 5th?  Nope.  And then he sent Hamels back out for the 6th inning where, as I fully expected, he continued to give the game away; another 2-run home run, just like that.  Now the score is 7-5.

The offense slept through the next few innings as the pen held the Padres down, but then came the 8th inning.  Ryan Madson, who based on last year, appears to be a VERY slow starter, gave up 3 runs on 3 hits and a walk, blowing the save and giving the Padres an 8-7 lead.  This was a disaster and man, did my head really hurt after that.  Greg Dobbs gave us a little hope as he led off the 8th with a single; Rollins bunted him over but then Shane Victorino popped out.  Utley tried to play hero by whacking a single into left field, but then 3rd base coach, Sam Perlozzo, killed the rally by sending the VERY slow Dobbs home, where he was promptly tagged out. 

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Matt Stairs ended the game in the 9th by striking out looking, but to his defense, the last 2 called strikes did not look to be anywhere near the strike zone.


So besides my getting beat up at the game, another Phillies fan had a very similar day; before the game and before the Kalas boys threw their first pitch, an elderly man was invited onto the field to throw a pitch as well.  Just as the announcer told the crowd that this 82-year old man was very brave for attempting to walk out onto the field, obviously because of his health, at that exact moment, this poor guy tripped on the yellow rope the grounds crew laid down for their pre-game preparations and fell flat onto the ground, losing his shoe in the process.


A very scary moment for all of us as we watched him lay there, but he was able to get up with assistance and did still throw the ball, which went about 2 feet.  It was really something to see him even attempt this after such a terrible fall.  Kudos to that fan for toughing it out!  I do hope is okay.  Sorry, I did not catch his name in all the craziness, but I wish him well.man falls on field.jpg


This was a very sad day for the Phillies and their fans all around.  Spirits were lifted though for a while during the 7th inning stretch when all 44,984 people in attendance were invited to sing along to “High Hopes” with Harry Kalas one last time.  The video played on PhanaVision as we all joined in.  It was a beautiful tribute, as I am sure the memorial service will be today as well. 

As promised, here is the photo album from the Harry Kalas tribute on Friday and the game.  There are two pictures that I think you should all see;  Jimmy Rollins was holding Harry’s favorite white shoes and Chase Utley held his blue jacket while Kane Kalas sung the National Anthem.  I think those shots really sum up the week. 

Photos by Jenn

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Happy Bunnies & Big Bats

The Phillies won their first series of the year today by beating the Rockies 7-5.  The long ball, which has been oddly scarce in this first week of play, made its return to the Phils on a very Happy Easter Day.  P2232768 Park.jpgA solid bullpen performance rounded out the win with 5 relievers used and zero runs given up from those relievers, including closer Brad Lidge.

It was not such a great Easter Day for Chan Ho Park; but at least he has chocolate bunnies to console himself.  Park tried to melt the Phillies hopes early by quickly giving up 4 runs in the 1st inning and another in the 2nd.  Park lasted only 3 1/3 innings and, despite his great Spring Training performance, the April showers caught up with him today as he allowed the Rockies to knock him around for 7 hits, 3 walks and those 5 runs.    

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He looked a bit lost out on that mound and was not able to hit any of his spots.  Park gets the Sad Bunny Award for the day.

Then it looked like our offense was intent on stinking up the cold, rainy Coors Field, as they slumbered through much of the game.  But Chase Utley came to the rescue in the 8th inning with a 2 run home run to tie the game, making us all very Happy Bunnies! 

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Pedro Feliz decided to join the Happy Bunny parade by leading off the 9th inning with a double down the edge of the 3rd base line.  Chris Coste laid down a perfect bunt to advance Feliz to 3rd base and then manager Charlie Manuel sent Matt Stairs to the plate.  Stairs absolutely destroyed the offering from the Rockies pitcher and sent the ball over the right field wall, giving him a 2-run pinch hit home run. 

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Matt Stairs hits home runs; it is just what he does.

The Phillies have a potentially huge challenge ahead of them tomorrow as they travel to our Nations capitol to take on the Nats in D.C.  First of all, it is the Nats Home Opener; also, they have President Obama coming to toss the first pitch; and the Nats have yet to win a game this season.  Roll all that up and you have one desperate team on fire, aching to get a win.  I will be there to root them on and as always, I will be back with photos!  Game time is 3:05pm.

UPDATE:  Just read a press release stating that Obama will NOT throw the 1st pitch today after the Nats originally announced he would.  I guess he heard I was going to be there and though, “Gee, how fun would it be to TOTALLY dissapoint these people?”  Ugh!  Ok, so maybe he has better things to do….like the White House Egg Roll, which will take place today.  Hmmmm…

 

Player Photos by Jenn; Happy Bunny by Jim Benton

 

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