The fact that Nationals came into last night’s game with the best record in baseball was simply fuel for the Phillies fire who were determined to give their Division rival a tough time. Nats pitching got Ruf’d up by the Phillies who homered 3 times in the game and won by a score of 6-3.
Carlos Ruiz smashed a 2-run shot in the 3rd and Domonic Brown added another homer in the 6th. But the biggest bang of the evening came off the bat of rookie Darin Ruf in the 2nd inning. His first major league hit wound up being a home run to left center field. That was a fitting start to his major league career as Ruf had already hit 38 homers this year in Double-A ball.
But the best part of Ruf’s homer was watching him get the silent treatment in the dugout for the entire inning. Not even the bat boy would acknowledge the rookie. Ruf tried to give him a fist bump and was totally denied. Finally, after a lot of muffled giggling and players attempting to maintain their composure, he was mobbed by his teammates. That had to be some kind of record for blowing off a rookie after his first home run.
After the game, Ruf told reporters, “That was very loving of them…The longest silent treatment of all time, I guess.” Welcome to the Bigs, kid.
Game 2 with the Nationals starts tonight at 7:05pm.
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The Mets took Phillies rookie B.J. Rosenberg to school last night as they roughed him up for 4 runs in the 10th inning. The Mets went on to win and Rosenberg went back to the clubhouse sporting a 12.66 ERA.
As he entered the clubhouse, Rosenberg must have been given a “Baseball for Dummies” book as a gift. Because in his post-game comments, he told reporters, “Everything was up. It’s pretty simple, you make really bad pitches to good hitters and you’re going to get in trouble.” So it has taken 5 years in the minors, 13 games and 15 earned runs allowed in the majors and a beating by the Mets to figure that out? I really hope he reads the entire book…
Ok, I am picking on the poor kid, I know. He is still learning. But in the meantime, it is frustrating to see a kid with a 95mph fastball tossing it right over the middle of the plate when he knows better.
Vance Worley had a lot of trouble too, allowing 4 runs in only 4 1/3 innings. Why is Worley still pitching? He has bone chips in his elbow and needs surgery. Why not shut him down and get him healthy for next year. Because he is not helping the team right now.
Worley says the elbow is not the issue, but can that really be true? Anyone who has ever had an injury of any kind knows that if you play through it, you will inevitably compensate for that injury in some way. If my right knee hurts, I lean more on my left knee, even though I know in a week or so my left knee is going to hurt as a result. The only other option is not walking, which is not really a realistic option. But it is worse with pitchers because when they compensate, they develop bad habits which can lead to new injuries like shoulder soreness.
Logic then tells us, get Worley off the mound…now. Of course, I am not the GM so all I can give is my opinion. Maybe the Phillies need a new book too. Has anyone yet written, “How Not to Destroy a MLB Pitcher for Next Season for Dummies?”
So despite the Phillies starting this game with a Grand Slam from Ryan Howard and later, a home run from Chase Utley, they lost it 9-5 in 10 innings.
Now who will be the Mets next victim? That’s right…another rookie fresh out of Triple-A. Because Cole Hamels has a tummy ache (officially a “gastrointestinal illness”), Tyler Cloyd will make his major league debut tonight at 7:05pm.
Cloyd, named the International League’s best pitcher of the year, had a 12-1 record with a 2.35 ERA in Triple-A this year and a 1.80 ERA in Double-A over 4 games. Despite all the hype, many “experts” say Cloyd does not have major-league stuff. Well, we will find out tonight I suppose…best of luck to the kid!
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On the one day of the season where there are no big league games to be found, I found myself in Trenton , NJ to watch the Phuture Phillies show their stuff. The 2009 Eastern League All-Star Game (Double-A ball) and Home Run Derby was held at Waterfront Park and hosted by the Yankees-affiliate, Trenton Thunder. Five Reading Phillies participated in the game and one in the derby.
Joe Savery, the Phillies first-round draft pick in 2007, got the nod to start the Southern vs. Northern Division match-up. Vance Worley, another R-Phil, pitched a scoreless 7th inning to get the win with a final score of 5-3. And a native of my hometown, Akron pitcher Carlton Smith of Piscataway, NJ, earned the save. A few more R-Phils saw some action; Michael Taylor in right went 1 for 4 with an RBI; Quintin Berry, a fellow MLBlogger, was 1 for 1 with a walk, playing in center; and Neil Sellers struck out twice and played third base.
As entertaining as the game was, some of the fans were even more fun. At one point, a foul ball landed on the concrete walkway between seating areas and right at the feet of a mother and her 4-year old son.
No one else was around so they bent down to pick up the ball. At that moment, some idiot in the seating area above the walkway threw himself over the metal railing to try to steal the ball and landed ON the 4-year child. The photo to the right shows the poor child holding his nose, which may have been broken, and to make “amends”, the rail-diving idiot gave the ball to the kid.
If that were not bad enough, a few minutes later, it an usher brought another ball over to the crazy man, with signatures on it, and handed it to the guy’s daughter! A reward for nearly killing another child? Seemed a bit odd to me. It must have seemed a bit odd to the mother of the injured child too because a while later, 3 police officers reigned down upon the man and took him away. I figure she must have found an officer and said she would like to press charges. And who could blame her.
But the fun did not end there…take a look at the suicidal mascots playing around on the roof of the stadium:
I suppose if I had to wear these costumes, I may not have the will to live either. The poor “Thunder” mascot is actually a lightning bolt…someone must have told him and it was like hearing that there was no Santa Claus so, up to the roof he went… :o)
Then there was a very strange Mets fan in the stands.
This gentleman paraded around all day wearing a pink and powder blue colored Mets jersey, which was even signed, and wore a yellow collared shirt underneath. He looked like an Easter Egg. A very fruity Easter Egg. Did he not realize this was a women’s jersey? Well, it’s a Mets fan, what can you expect? (kidding! :O)
And how about the bat-fetching dog and Sumo wrestling fans? Awesome. Seriously awesome:
And even some of the players were lots of fun; Michael Taylor, a highly touted prospect who has been compared to Ryan Howard, provided me with the Photo of the Day. I asked him to smile for a picture and he said to me, “Not only will I smile for you, but I will do this as well…”
Here is the full Photo Album, including the home run derby. Enjoy!
Photos by Jenn
The curse continues for the National League as they lost their 12th consecutive All-Star Game tonight against the American League. And poor Charlie Manuel became the first Phillies manager in history to lose the All-Star game :O( Phils now hold a record of 6-1. No worries Charlie…just bring us another Championship and all will be forgotten :O)
The first inning did not exactly kick the game off right for the National League as Tim Lincecum struggled and allowed one earned run. An unearned run also scored in the inning after an error. Yes folks, as Albert Pujols booted a ball at first base, an angel lost its wings…and the American League took a 2-0 lead. It’s ok though…we still love Albert :O)
The NL battled back and scored 3 in the 2nd inning thanks to hits by David Wright, Shane Victorino (yeah!) and Yadier Molina. After that, offense all around was fairly quiet until the 8th inning. Curtis Granderson tripled, Victor Martinez was given the intentional walk and then Adam Jones hit a sac fly to score Granderson and give the AL a 4-3 lead. The NL got their shot in the bottom half of the inning; Ryan Howard was sent in to pinch hit with 2 outs and 2 on in the 8th and he went down on strikes to end the threat. Ugh. The ever-adorable Mariano Rivera closed out the game for the AL in the 9th and so, the curse goes on.
As for the rest of the Phillies, Chase Utley went hitless, but had several stellar defensive plays. Victorino ended up 1 for2 with a run scored; Jayson Werth struck out after a great at-bat against Jonathan Papelbon and later, made an amazing running catch in centerfield; and Raul Ibanez went 0 for 2, but looked thrilled anyway just to be playing. It was his first All-Star appearance in his 14th major league season at 37 years of age. Congrats to Raul for finally getting there!
As for the broadcast, FOX was annoying as usual. I think I heard more about Taco Bell and Domino’s Pizza than I did about the game. And while it was nice to hear the President Obama in the broadcast booth, was it really necessary to see him? Don’t get me wrong; I love Obama and all that, but I already know what he looks like. I’d have been just as happy to hear him speak while the game was showed in its entirety on the TV screen, instead of the annoying flashes back and forth from individual pitches to a visual of Obama in the booth.
Pedro – Say It Ain’t So!
Much to the dismay of Phillies fans everywhere, Pedro Martinez passed his physical and has been signed by the Phillies. Pedro will get 1 million plus another possible 1.5 million in incentives. He will need about 3 weeks of rehab and minor league work to be ready. The good news is that the price is cheap; however, we are all familiar with the saying “you get what you pay for.” If Martinez has some magic left in that arm, then this deal will turn out to be a real bargain; if not, at least they did not overpay.
Personally, I worry more about the clubhouse chemistry being disrupted than anything else. Martinez is notorious for his sandpaper-like personality and penchant for creating controversy. If he does not pitch well, no biggie. It was a small investment. But if he wreaks havoc on the peaceful and serene Phillies-vibe, then the deal will not have been worth the risk. We shall see how it goes…
A Day Without Baseball?
So no baseball tomorrow…except for the Double-A All-Star Game in Trenton, NJ. I will be risking life and limb as I venture into Trenton, the dregs of Jersey, but will be attending the game anyway. ;O) Four Phillies prospects will be in the game, with Michael Taylor participating in the Home Run Derby. I will return (I hope) with photos and all body parts still in place. Wish me luck :O)
Photo by Jenn