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; Chris 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.
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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What’s that? A win? Wake me, I must be dreamin’. Well, it was like almost 1am on the East Coast when this one ended so I was a bit bleary eyed. The eyes can do funny things when you are sleepy. But I awoke to find everyone in agreement – the Phillies hung on to beat the Padres 1-0 thanks to the ageless Jamie Moyer and a home run by Pat Burrell.
Moyer was outstanding last night, and apparently near unhittable. He only gave up 3 hits in his 7 shut-out innings of work, showing up Greg Maddux who gave up 5 hits and one earned run in 7 innings. Although Maddux was also brilliant, Moyer was just a bit better. Brad Lidge came into the game in the 9th inning and sent the Padres back to the dugout quickly, earning his 29th save. Very nice to see Lidge looking sharp after a long rest and previously having a sore arm.
Another interesting note about Moyer; after the game, he was asked about possibly facing Maddux again next year and his response was, “I don’t know if he’s going to play,” Moyer said. “I am.” So there you have it. Moyer, who will be 46 years old by the 2009 season, intends to return. I am very excited to hear that Jamie will be back! I just love him J So, I have put together a few things he might need for the 2009 season and gathered them here in this photo. It never hurts to be prepared. (All in good fun everyone! – we know he is not THAT old J )
So, the Phillies offense still remains a rubik cube
that apparently no one can solve. And I know some 12 year olds who can figure that thing out in seconds! Ok well, hitting is a whole different monster. Let’s just hope this team has done some figuring over night, because I am pretty sure Kyle Kendrick will not pitch a shut-out for them. And if he does, I will gladly eat my words and torture myself by attempting to solve that stupid cube thingy. There ya go – incentive. Now go strike everyone out, Kyle! Go Phillies!
We’re back home again, and it’s looking good! Cole Hamels put on another superb display and this time, the manager decided to let him have the win. Manual pulled him in the 8th just before things got too, too far out of control. Whew! It looked like it might be a nail biter for a little while, but they wiggled out of it. I assume Greg Maddux will get his well deserved 350th win very soon. I for one am just glad it did not come against the Phillies…sorry, Greg. Luv ya anyway.
It is also looking like the day off on Monday may have done Howard some good. He only had one hit last night, but probably should have had two. He was robbed by a great play in centerfield that would have been extra bases for sure (yes, even at his slow pace). So, there may be a light at the end of his very dark tunnel here soon…
All-Star voting has begun! I think we have 3 shoe-in’s…Chase Utley, Cole Hamels, and for the first time, Pat Burrell…so let’s get voting people!!!! But I will tell you who else is going to get my vote, and this may seem like an odd choice…Jayson Werth. Yes, I am going to write him in. This guy has been hitting in clutch situations for the Phillies all month AND did it the last half of 2007 as well. He’s batting .289 with 5 homers, 13 RBI’s and 2 stolen bases in 22 games. Geoff Jenkins, who was supposed to be our starter or platoon player with Werth, and who was so highly touted coming into Philly as our “Rowand replacement,” is only batting .241 with 1 home run, 4 RBI’s, and 1 stolen base in 25 games. Jenkins has been a disappointment, but Werth is picking up the slack. And now that Victorino is back, I think Charlie should put Victorino back in center and Werth in right, or the other way around. And if someone slips into a funk, you put Jenkins back into the mix. Let them earn the playing time. But right now, Jayson has earned it, so leave him in there! And, if you agree, write him in on your All-Star ballot! :o)
Besides his other obvious qualifications, his hair is always perfect. The man never has hat head! How does he do that?