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Chase Utley is Still the Man

There is no denying it; Philadelphia still loves Chase Utley, despite the blue uniform.  I heard on the news this morning that someone said Utley could “punch my mom in the face” and they would still root for him.  After what I witnessed last night, that sounds about right.
2016.08.16 Welcome

The ovation as he stepped to the plate was ridiculously long, as I expected.  Utley tipped his capped to everyone in the ballpark, including his old teammates.
2016.08.16 Intro

Cameron Rupp understandably took the time to anoint his hand with the special blessings of the Utley rump:
2016.08.16 Rupp

Grown men fought back tears (seriously, I saw this) and women tried to snap photos with trembling hands (ok, that was me).  Between that and the dreaded netting behind home plate, some shots are a tad blurry, but I got what I came for; lots and lots of Mr. Utley.
2016.08.16 Lots

Watching Utley on the bases interact with his former teammates warmed the heart.  But I have say, after the home run he hit in the 5th inning, I did not see the curtain call coming.  I have never seen that in an opposing team’s ballpark.  It was magical.
2016.08.16 Chase and Howie

Then another curtain call came after the Grand Slam he hit in the 7th inning!  Despite watching their home team get trampled, Phillies fans cheered him on anyway.  Their love for Chase simply knows no bounds; I can personally attest to that.
2016.08.16 slam

Of course, the game would have been much improved if, for example, Elvis Araujo did not walk in 3 runs (1 hit batter) in the 7th inning.  And it would have been nice if the Phillies offense did better than 2 for 7 with runners in scoring position.  And maybe the entire bullpen could, just thinking out loud here, not suck.

But since none of those wishes came true, we all settled for the Utley euphoria.  And I would do it again in a heartbeat.

Here is the full, Utley-tastic Photo Album from the game.

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Photos by Jenn Zambri

Fan Running on the Field = Best Play of the Game

Friday night’s Phillies game against the Diamondbacks was utterly awful.  The only entertainment of the game turned out to be a young fan who ran onto the field, stripped off his shirt and danced around, much to the dismay of security officers chasing him.  The run down took quite a while, but security eventually tacked him.  It was pretty amusing; even the arresting officer was seen grinning as he escorted the fan off the field.
2016.06.17 runner

And yes, that was the highlight of the game, unfortunately.  The 10-2 loss was ripe with struggling bats, bad base running and many errors.  The Phillies managed only 7 hits and both RBI came off the bat of Cameron Rupp, who had a single and a triple.  Although, the triple would have been an inside-the-park home run had Rupp actually been running instead of doing the home run trot around first base.
2016.06.17 offense

In the field, Cesar Hernandez was flat out awful.  He had 2 errors in the game, making it a total of 7 already this year.  Tommy Joseph had an error as well and his batting average has dipped down to .250 as he went 0-3 in the game.  Joseph has had 2 hits in his last 27 at-bats.
2016.06.17 Defense

But the worst player of the game has to go to pitcher Adam Morgan.  He allowed 7 runs, 4 earned, in 4.1 innings and now has an ERA of 6.49.  Later in the game, Elvis Araujo gave up 3 runs, including back-to-back homers in the 7th inning.
2016.06.17 Morgan

The Phillies started out the year with pretty good pitching; that has suddenly gone way downhill with 4 out of 5 starters getting blown out in the last week.  The offense is still awful and the defense seems to get worse by the day.  On the bright side, maybe another person or a small animal will run out onto the field again today.  We seriously need some entertainment.

Here is the full Photo Album from Friday’s game.

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Photos by Jenn Zambri

Phillies Sweep for Christmas in July

Instead of coal in their stockings, the Phillies received a 3-game sweep of the Marlins for their Christmas in July celebration today.  Considering they started the second half of the season as the worst team in baseball, this is nothing short of a miracle.  Please wake me if I am dreaming…

It looked like a sure win today early on as the Phils exploded for 5 runs in the second inning.  There was a lot of staring at home runs (Ryan Howard and Freddy Galvis) and celebrating.  Even Cole Hamels had a hit in the inning.
071915 offenseBut the warm fuzzies wore off quickly as Hamels bombed in the 3rd inning.  The fielders were awfully busy while Hamels struggled to get by. 071915 fielding

Ultimately, Hamels took the 3-run lead the Phillies spotted him and handed those runs right back to the Marlins.  By the end of the inning, Hamels had 76 pitches and would not return to the game.
071915 HamelsIn his defense, it was hotter than hell today.  The temperature was 93 degrees at game time and got hotter as the game went on.  It even looked for a minute like we may lose the home plate umpire, who needed assistance getting cool. 071915 umps

So it would take 5 bullpen arms to finish the game after Hamels’ early exit.  Both Elvis Araujo and Luis Garcia pitched perfect innings.
071915 pen

But then Ken Giles blew a save in the 8th inning, where the Marlins took a 7-6 lead.  Giles was all over the place which sent many of the few fans in attendance streaming towards the exits, myself included.  I was melting by then and not sure if I’d make it to the car if I stayed much longer anyway.

But luckily for the Phillies, Jeff Francour decided to play Santa Claus today and unwrap a 2-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the 9th inning to give the Phillies an 8-7 win.  I enjoyed the hit from the comfort of my air-conditioned car, which made finding the energy to celebrate a bit easier 😉

The Phillies take on the Rays tomorrow.  Game time is 7:05pm.

Here is the full Photo Album from today’s game.

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