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Lucky Number 13

Well, I have a knot in my stomach the size of a grapefruit and I am beginning to think that baseball may be hazardous to my health.  J  The Phillies escaped tonight in the 13th inning with a huge comeback win over the Mets; final score 8-7 and the Phillies overtake first place in the NL East.  This was a very strange game with some serious creativity coming off the bench.  To start with, Jamie Moyer had a rare bad appearance, lasting only 3 innings and giving up 6 earned runs on 9 hits.  The bullpen did an amazing job holding the Mets down, although I am sure their arms are all hanging low tonight.  They got a serious workout.

It did not look good early on, as the Phillies were down 7-0 by the 4th inning.  The Phillies offense wasted many, many scoring opportunities, starting in the very first inning.  With 2 men on and no outs, Ryan Howard struck out swinging, Pat Burrell flied out and Shane Victorino went down swinging.  Then in the 3rd inning, Jimmy Rollins got on base for the 2nd time tonight and stole 2nd base, but Chase Utley popped out and Pat Burrell struck out looking to end the inning.  Just a few examples, but you get the point.  They left a lot of runners on base tonight…18 to be exact.  Then, a horrible call by the 3rd base umpire in the 3rd inning led to 3 runs for the Mets – With runners on 1st and 3rd and no outs, Fernando Tatis hit a ball up the line at 3rd base which, clearly on replay, was a fair ball – the ball hits the runner on third base, Pedro Feliz picks it up and throws out Tatis.  So, it should have been a double play, but instead the umpire called it a foul ball.  So what does Tatis do with the new life he was given?  He hit a 3 run homer.  It never should have happened.

And still, with all this weighing against them, they pulled out the win.  Let’s take a look at what else they had going against them: Ryan Howard, aside from the home run he hit in the 5th inning, looked horrible at the plate all night.  He went 1 for 6 and struck out 2 times.  Howard continues to be undisciplined at the plate and constantly has trouble making contact; of course, swinging at bad pitches hasn’t helped that.  Pat Burrell also had a nightmare of an evening, going 0 for 7 and striking out 4 times!  But Rollins, going 5 for 7 with 3 RBI’s, and Jayson Werth who was 3 for 5, carried the offense most of the night.  P4208166_bruntlett_cr Eric Bruntlett came in to tie up the game in the 9th inning with a double that scored Werth…it was his first hit since August 15th.  He wound up with 2 hits before the game was over.  Chris Coste came in for Carlos Ruiz at catcher in the 8th as Ruiz moved to third base for an inning!  Talk about getting creative…  Well, Coste went 4 for 4 and hit the game winning single in the 13th to score Victorino.

The moves off the bench tonight were amazing; Ruiz at third base?  Wow;  Great management of the bullpen; And then using Brett Myers the way they did in the 13th, after the Mets intentionally loaded the bases with no outs – Myers was obviously told to look like he was anxious to swing, but not to move a muscle.  Hoping for the walk, but willing to take the strikeout just to avoid hitting into the double play so Coste could come up to bat with only 1 out.  And it worked!  Coste nails the single; game over!  An improbable comeback and an entertaining game all around!  So, if the Phillies can sweep this short 2 game series, it will solidify their spot in first place.  Kyle Kendrick will pitch tomorrow night and the Phils had better hope he’s got some innings in him, because the bullpen is wiped out!  Fingers crossed…Go Phillies!

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Groovy Win For The Phils

It was 70’s night at the ballpark tonight and Chris Coste and Greg Dobbs emerged as the Disco Kings!  In fact, give a great big Disco cheer to the entire bottom of the line-up!  They all contributed in this 8-1 win over Greg Maddux and the Dodgers.  Kyle Kendrick, coming off two straight horrible starts, also did his part tonight, allowing just one solo home run over 5 2/3 innings.  Chad Durbin was back to his normal, groovy self, pitching 1 1/3 shut-out innings.  And then Ryan Madson had the opportunity to redeem himself after last night’s disaster by pitching in the 8th tonight and he did so without incident.  With a 7 run lead, Scott Eyre got some work by pitching a scoreless 9th to close out the game.

The scoring began with a 2 run homer by Ryan Howard in the 4th to put the Phillies in the lead.  Howard however, who has not been hitting of late, remained quiet the rest of the game.  The 5th inning started off with a surprise bunt single from Greg Dobbs, who continues to make it difficult to leave him out of the line-up.  He just makes things happen.  Jayson Werth followed with a base hit; Dscf9931_costeChris Coste followed with another hit to score Dobbs.  Kendrick, hoping to assist in his own cause, laid a sac bunt down to advance the runners.  So with 2nd & 3rd occupied and the top of the line-up coming up, we are in business!  Right?  …Wrong.  Jimmy Rollins, who is now 3 for his last 37 at bats, popped out!  Then Chase Utley goes down watching strike 3 pass him by.  Not cool.  These guys are like totally killing my happy disco vibe at this point.

But that’s okay…let’s go to the 6th inning which began with 3 singles in a row!  Pat Burrell, Shane Victorino and Greg Dobbs load the bases.  Werth steps up and hits a sac fly to score Burrell.  Then Coste comes on to smack a 3-run homer and blow the game wide open.  After the game, Coste donned a 70’s style wig for his post-game interview (see photo) and blamed his 3rd inning bad at-bat, during which he grounded into a double play, on being distracted by the hysterical 1970’s outfit he was shown wearing on the big screen at the ballpark.  Ok, the man had 4 RBI on the night; we’ll excuse the double play.P4177825_dobbs_cr

And back to Greg Dobbs…things just continue to happen when he is in games!  And since  Rollins is not hitting, here is what I suggest:  leave Dobbs at third, put Pedro Feliz at short.  Feliz has played there before both with the Phillies and the Giants.  This offense needs a spark plug.  It used to be Rollins, but how long ago does that seem now?  I say Dobbs is the man.  He’s positive, upbeat, likeable and oh yeah, he’s hitting .304.  Really, at this point, I don’t care how Charlie Manuel gets him in the line-up, just make it happen!  This team needs a leader…Dobbs for President!!!!!! J

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Sloppy Second

The second place Phillies had the lead by one run in tonight’s game up until the 8th inning when Ryan Madson stepped to up to the mound.  To give yCbbaseballpowou an idea of how that went, here is an illustration for you (right).   When Madson left the game, the Phillies were down by one run.  Not good.  In fact, I’ll let Charles Schultz describe how I feel about Madson’s outing in the form of his Peanuts cartoon:

Schroeder: “One finger will mean a fastball which
isn’t very fast anyway. Two fingers will be your
curve which doesn’t curve at all. Three fingers
will be your changeup which hasn’t fooled anyone yet.
Four fingers is a pitchout, but we won’t use that one.”

Charlie Brown: “Why not?”

Schroeder: “Because everything you throw looks like a pitchout.”

But really, this game can’t be laid on Madson.  Nor can it be blamed on Jamie Moyer, who was once again spectacular, giving up only 1 earned run over 6 2/3 innings.  Both the offense and the defense played poorly tonight.  A Chase Utley throwing error in the 6th inning gave the Nationals their first run of the game.  He tried to make up for it by hitting an RBI single in the bottom of the inning that scored Jayson Werth, but in the end it was not enough.  Once again, the only ones producing were Victorino who went 2 for 4, Utley going 2 for 3 with the RBI and Greg Dobbs pinch hit and collected an RBI on a sacrifice.  The only big surprise was a rare home run by Carlos Ruiz in the 7th. 

AughEveryone else simply failed to hit in key situations or at all.  Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard both went 0 for 4.  Burrell, with one hit on the night, left 2 men on base when he hit into a double play in the 8th to end that inning.  And once again, the last man standing was Victorino; he was left on third base in the 9th as he led off the inning with a single and stole a base.  But could anyone bring him home?  No.  Eric Bruntlett stood there and watched as strike  three went by; Ruiz grounds out; Chris Coste grounds out – game over.  Can I get a collective “AAUGH!” please!  The Mets won their game tonight and the Phillies fall further and further behind…  Can they turn this mess around before it is too late?  Your guess is as good as mine.

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Kendrick Helps Phils Shut Out The Marlins

Going a full 6 innings without giving up a run, Kyle Kendrick improved his overall record to 10-5 with tonight’s P7306493 kendrick cr.jpg5-0 win over the Florida Marlins.  As is Kendrick’s usual style, he had quite a few base runners, including 5 walks, but pitched his way out of jams when he needed to.  Chad Durbin went 2 scoreless innings as well, looking extremely sharp and Ryan Madson finished them off in the 9th.  J-Roll Smurf was also very excited about the pitching performances and he celebrated by bashing a Fish senseless J  Later tonight, he will have a stiff drink and prepare for tomorrow’s Fishy Voodoo…

The other great news is that the offense came back tonight.  Last night, they had 8 hits and scored only 2 runs.  Tonight, they had 9 hits, but scored 5 runs.  The difference is situational hitting and driving runs in when P7306699 cervenak cr.jpgthere are runners in scoring position.  Chase Utley hit his 30th double of the year for an RBI; Ryan Howard smashed home run #32; Even Eric Bruntlett who usually has a quiet bat, went 2 for 3 with an RBI.  The rookie Mike Cervenak got his very first major league hit and first RBI in his 3rd pinch hit appearance.  Here is a photo of him for those wondering who he is…another Independent League product, much like Chris Coste was.  I had a chance to talk to him in Spring Training…very nice guy, hard working…really great to see him finally get a break in the Bigs J

Gotta take this series!  Everyone get out your favorite Fish bashing sticks or fire up the grill and get ready to FRY some!  Don’t let the Smurf do all the work now…  After all, he is only 3 apples high…  He’ll do his best for a little guy J  1:05pm start tomorrow…Go Phillies!

It’s Raining Home Runs

After a nearly 2 hour rain delay today, the Phillies finally beat Atlanta by a score of 12-10 in a battle that included 7 home runs; 5 from the Phillies and 2 from the Braves.  Joe Blanton only pitched 2 innings before the skies opened up.  He allowed 2 earned runs on 3 hits and a walk and saw his ERA jump to 5.13.  After the rain delay, both the Phils and Braves began to pour on the runs.

Adam Eaton gave up 3 runs on 5 hits in his 2 innings of work during his second appearance as a reliever.  Lucky for him, the offense came right back with a huge 5 run inning in the bottom of the forth led by home runs from Chris Coste and Shane Victorino.  As the battle of the bullpens continued, the Phillies continued to dominate.  Pat Burrell
P7265636 burrell cr.jpgsent his 26th of the year out of the park in the 5th and Jayson Werth followed suit in the 6th.  The hit parade continued into the 7th when Jimmy Rollins joined the party with a solo blast.

This game looked like a laugher by the 8th inning, but Rudy Seanez struggled, giving up a run and committing a fielding error; he was replaced by Ryan Madson who did not fare much better.  By the time Madson was through, 4 more runs would score and the Phillies now only led by 2 runs instead of 7.  But as usual, Brad Lidge came in and knocked them down for his 24th consecutive save.  Actually, I had forgotten to mention it, but Lidge had passed the old Phillies record yesterday for number of consecutive saves; it was 22, held by Billy Wagner.  Well, now it is 24 by Lidge.  Somewhere, Wagner is complaining and no one is listening…  Well, that is a daily event for him anyway J

Off day tomorrow for the Phillies Phestival to benefit ALS.  See you there if you are going!  Next up…The Nats in DC; 7/29 7:10pm; Brett Myers scheduled to start.  Let’s see if we can dig them a bigger hole into last place…Go Phillies!

Phillies Photo Day 2008

Yesterday, the Phillies held their annual Photo Day at the park where they allow fans on the field to take pictures of the players.  Occasionally, the players will also stop and take photos with you.  It is by far, one of my favorite events every year and one that I was really looking forward to.  I actually got 10 players to stop this year and pose with me, and probably could have gotten a few more but was busy snapping the camera.  9 of the 10 photos actually came out…the one that didn’t was the one with Chase Utley! UGH!  And he was SO nice and had a HUGE smile on his face for me too…I am SOOOO depressed, I cannot even tell you.  I just can’t even talk about it…too sad L

Well, let’s talk about the happy ones…I’ll post a couple of them here.  I am usually opposed to photo’s of myself, but the P7261023 5x7.jpgplayers look awfully cute, so I am going to go ahead and grin and bear it…no pun intended.  Please excuse my bad hair day and goofy smiles…I had been standing in the hot sun for hours and was melting!  First of all, this one of Brad Lidge is hysterical!  Does the man have no concept of exactly how tall he is?  Most guys bend down so they are on you level, but it was his first Photo Day so he is excused.  Now mind you, I am not short…I am 5’7″ which is average for a woman, and he is slouching in the picture.  Scary tall.

Here we have Chris Coste…just a cutie.  We make a nice couple I think J  Hee!  And then below that one, there is Jimmy Rollins withCoste Rollins.jpg his huge grin…he said something silly and I was trying not to laugh.  I also got pictures with Geoff Jenkins, JC Romero, Ryan Howard, Carlos Ruiz, Eric Bruntlett and Adam Eaton…there was not a huge demand for poor Adam so I figured I’d bug him J  I almost got Pat Burrell but he just put his arm around me, pat me on the back, asked how I was doing and kept going.  I was happy with that though J  I have also posted a bunch of other photos HERE on my photobucket site for you to see just of the players, coaches and broadcasters as they were walking past me or saying hello.  There are a few pretty funny ones in there…some of these guys give you some really cheesy smiles at this event.  Check out the shot of Clay Condrey…he gets the prize for the most Cheese ever in a pose.

That’s a wrap on Photo Day!  The Phillies are currently in a Rain Delay with the Braves, down 2-0 in the bottom of the 2nd inning.  It was Joe Blanton’s home debut which I assume now, will be cut short.  Hoping they will get the rest of this game in soon and of course, come away with the win!  More later…Go Phillies!

Slacking Offense Wastes Another Great Pitching Performance

Once again, this team could not have asked for a better job out of their starting pitcher, and still they could not manage to win the game.  Losing to the Mets 3-1 and dropping out of first place in the NL East for the first time since May 31st, the Phillies managed to fall apart behind an amazing performance by
P6221999 moyer cr.jpg45 year-old Jamie Moyer.  Moyer went 7 full innings and gave up only 1 run on 2 hits, 3 walks and struck out 6.  You could not have asked the man to do more, unless of course you were expecting him to pull a rabbit out of a hat or an elephant out of his butt!  And for all that effort, what does he get?  One home run by Jayson Werth.  That’s it.  Geez.  I hope they brought some lubricant for the elephant trick…

The other 2 runs were surrendered by JC Romero in the 8th inning, but really, what can you say about that?  The offense should have put some runs on the board…period.  With a bullpen that has been stellar all year, I cannot in good conscious bash them here.  Chase Utley and Ryan Howard both struck out 3 times; Chris Coste twice.  The ONLY guy who produced today was Eric Bruntlett, who replaced Jimmy Rollins at the last minute for reasons yet unknown; he had 3 hits on the day, 2 doubles and a single.  With 7 hits for the offense, those 3 were 43% of the total on the day.  Sad.  (…UPDATE, 7/24 PM: Rollins was late to the game and thus, was benched for breaking the team rule.  Read about it HERE in the Phillies official release.)

So now you have just created a situation that you really did not need…in the Mets, you have now created a monster.  The Phillies have just lit a fire under them.  Look out now…this is not good.  This is going to play out one of two ways; A – The Phils will cower under the pressure and continue on this downslide, in which case, kiss this season goodbye! OR B – Falling out of first place will turn out to be the kick in the butt they needed to get back on track and start winning again.  Let us all hope for Plan B…