The game began with a Pirates lead-off home run off the rookie, JA Happ. But after that, Happ did not budge and sent the Bucos away each inning frustrated.
Happ went 8 innings, gave up 3 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks. Happ had a 2-1 lead until the 8th inning when he surrendered the big blow; a 2-run shot by Garrett Jones to give the Bucos a 3-2 lead. Still a great outing by Happ, but with no offense to back him up, the result was not ideal.
Well, no offense except Jimmy Rollins and Paul Bako. Rollins looked like the energizer bunny all night long as the ball jumped off his bat and his defense was stunning. But his effort of 3 for 5 on the night was the only real offense in the game. Ryan Howard collected an RBI on a force out in the 1st inning with the bases loaded. The following inning, back-up catcher Paul Bako hit a rare home run as fans did a double take at their TV sets…Bako who? The surprise homer from Bako seemed to lull the Phillies into a deep trance from which they did not wake up. In fact, neither team scored again until that killer home run by the Pirates in the 8th.
The Phillies offense this entire 3-game series was pathetic. Howard helped give the numbers a boost with his 3-run homer yesterday, but that was about the only hitting highlight of the series. Losing 2 out of 3 to a last place team is just very, very sad.
The Braves come to town tomorrow for 3 games and hopefully, the Phillies will find their bats!
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The Phillies fought through 30 mph winds today in Bradenton against the Pirates; winner? The wind. Many, many balls had some help flying over the outfield fence and others simply blew right past the outfielders grasp unexpectedly. A few guys looked like they may lose their jersey’s as they were blown about in the stiff gusts of wind. But the only thing the Phillies lost today was the game, 10-4.
Jamie Moyer was not thrilled about the weather conditions as he gave up 11 hits, 7 runs and 1 walk and was even called for a balk when his glove flinched, likely because of the high winds. Moyer argued with the ump, but to no avail. Even Brad Lidge ran into trouble when Garrett Jones hit a long fly ball that the airstream helped carry over the fence for a 3-run blast.
Ryan Howard did not mind the situation too much; Howard hit a bomb to straight away center field in the 4th inning that some estimate travelled over 500 feet. It went so far, the ball was completely out of sight; the cameras never picked it up as it went out of the park. Right before that, Howard had hit a screaming foul ball towards the Phillies dugout, which nailed Geoff Jenkins in the leg as he waited in the on-deck circle. A brutal shot, Jenkins jumped up and down in pain. He shook it off and looked to be ok. As Howard trotted home after the 500 footer, he stopped to greet Jenkins at home plate, gave him a big teddy-bear hug and apologized for whacking him with the foul ball.
In the 6th inning, some confusion ensued as Eric Bruntlett and Marcus Giles could not seem to decide between the two of them who was covering what area. A routine ground ball turned into a base hit for the Pirates, as Moyer was not in time to cover first base during the turmoil. That inning turned into 4 runs for the Pirates and the Phillies fielding resembled something like this:
Today’s Phillies Word of the Day is: Doo-Doo. Yes, thanks to pitcher Scott Eyre, Phillies fans everywhere were treated to a barrage of “Doo-Doo” remarks in the 7th inning during an interview by Phillies broadcaster, Tom McCarthy. When asked about his rough outing against the Yankees a few days ago, Eyre responded with, “It was a day where I warmed up and felt like doo-doo and so I pitched like doo-doo.” And it didn’t end there, folks. He used the doo-doo remark again when discussing what his next outing may look like. Let us hope doo-doo does not make any future appearances, unless it is by The Police:
Fun Fact of the Day: Ronny Paulino, who was just yesterday traded to the Giants in exchange for lefty Jack Taschner, has been traded yet again! The Giants sent Paulino to our NL East rivals, the Florida Marlins, presumably so Phillies fans would not miss him too badly. Although, Paulino may want to keep the wheels on his cart for now, just in case…
The Phillies will take on the Red Sox tomorrow at 1:05pm! The game will be broadcast on My PHL 17 – check your local listings.
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