You might think that now that my kids have been back in school for almost two weeks, that I might have found some time to finally post pictures from my latest trip to the ballpark, way back on August 26th. Sadly, you would be mistaken. Inevitably, each day managed to have something else crop up.
Except for today.
So, finally, here is my photographic coverage of that game against the Marlins. The Phillies lost, 6-5, so I won’t go into a whole game recap. That sort of thing is available elsewhere, if you’re so inclined to read it.
So the Phillies have now clinched a postseason berth, and could very well clinch the division before my next foray to South Philly on Monday night. Let’s hope I can get those photos posted in a more timely fashion. 🙂
(all photos by me)
Today’s entry is going to be a short one, because right now I’m developing a wicked headache. I’m not sure if I’m getting a cold, or my allergies are acting up, but all I know is that my sinuses are doing something which is resulting in post nasal drip, which is causing me to sneeze and cough. The coughing is now unfortunately giving me a headache.
Anyway, a few quick thoughts from the holiday weekend.
Phils Take 2 of 3 From Yankees
Brett Myers pitched well on Friday to lead the Phillies to a 7-3 win, which I recounted in my last entry.
On Saturday, J.A. Happ went 6 innings and would have been in line to get the win, as the Phillies were up 4-2 going into the bottom of the ninth. Then Brad Lidge entered the game and all hell broke loose. Johnny Damon walked to lead off the inning, and then with one out, A-Rod homered to tie it up. Robinson Cano then singled and subsequently stole second, so that Melky Cabrera’s bloop into short center allowed him to score the winning run. Yanks win, 5-4.
The way the Yankees reacted, you’d have thought they just won the World Series. Heck, even a come-from-behind-in-the-ninth win should be old news for them, as they lead the majors with 17 come-from-behind wins, with nine of those coming in the final at-bat.
Sunday, Cole Hamels allowed two runs in six innings of work. The Phillies had a slim 3-2 lead going into the bottom of the ninth, and once again, Brad Lidge blew the save. This time the game went into extra innings, with Carlos Ruiz knocking in the game-winning run in the top of the 11th, giving the Phillies a 4-3 victory.
John Mayberry, Jr. Makes His Debut
Mayberry made his major-league debut in Saturday’s game, and made a splash by hitting a 3-run homer for his first big-league hit. He also added a double, to go 2-for-3 on the day.
Why, just last Tuesday I saw John taking some big cuts at the Lehigh Valley IronPigs game:
What Is Up With Lidge?
Brad Lidge blew two consecutive save opportunities this weekend. Is his knee more of a factor than he and the Phillies are letting on? Is the pressure of living up to the expectations that resulted from last season’s perfection getting into his head? Is it something else entirely? Whether the issue is physical or mental, I hope the Phillies and Lidge soon figure out what is wrong, and please, please, please take steps to remedy the problem. We need a healthy and effective Lidge!
Monday of the Marlins
Other than Ryan Howard, the Phillies offense was lackluster yesterday in a 5-3 loss to the Marlins. Howard provided all the offense, with a two-run homer in the first, and a solo shot in the sixth. Jamie Moyer allowed 4 runs, with three of them coming on a home run by Wes Helms in the fourth, after Moyer walked the first two batters of the inning. Helms went 3-for-4 on the day with 4 RBIs.
Hey Wes, how come you never had games like that when you were a Phillie?
The Phillies and Marlins meet again tonight, with Joe Blanton facing off against Andrew Miller. Come on, guys, let’s get back on the winning track!
(photo by me)
Woo hoo! What a weekend for the Phillies in South Florida!
After coming from behind with a ninth-inning rally on Friday night, the Phils pulled it off again on Saturday, tying the game in the ninth and then going ahead in the top of the tenth by a score of 6-4. Brad Lidge came on in the bottom of the tenth, and while somewhat shaky, held on for the save. I had to listen to all this on the radio while driving, as we had been visiting with out-of-state friends who were in the area for the weekend. The combination of Lidge loading the bases with two outs, and concentrating on the road at the same time, is a bit more stress than I need! Thankfully disaster was averted – the Phils won, and we arrived home in one piece. 🙂
In contrast, yesterday’s victory was a good old-fashioned butt-whuppin’ which the Phillies won in dominating style. Jamie Moyer continued his mastery of the Marlins, getting his third win of the season. Lifetime against the Fish, Moyer is 12-1!
Things weren’t too far out of hand for the Marlins through the first six innings, with the Phils up 4-1. But then Marlins relievers Hayden Penn and Kiko Calero gave up 7 and 2 runs, respectively, to put the Phils up 13-1.
With the game out of reach, the Marlins decided to save their pitchers, and brought in outfielder Cody Ross to pitch the top of the ninth. To his credit, he retired the side without giving up any runs, giving up only an infield hit to Jayson Werth. The Marlins scored once in the bottom of the ninth, to make the final score 13-2. Phils win!
OK guys, enough of the come-from-behind nailbiters. Let’s have a few more blowout games like that, please!
The Marlins have now been swept in successive series by the Pirates and the Phillies, and dropped to an 11-7 record. The Phillies improve to 9-8, and are now in second place, 1 1/2 games behind the Marlins.
Is Cody admiring the new-found talent in his hands, or just thinking that he needs a good manicure? Enquiring minds want to know!
Up next for the Phillies is a three game set with the Natinals/Nationals. My husband is going to the game tonight, as he and his partner were invited by a client. I, on the other hand, will be watching on TV as I try to put up with this unseasonable heat for just a little longer (I admit to just a wee bit of jealousy). Things are supposed to cool off by Wednesday, and I can’t rationalize turning on the AC for just two more days, in April, no less! So after the kids are in bed, I will retreat to the subterranean coolness of my basement (finished), with a refreshing gin and tonic in hand.
(photo by me)
In what has become a disturbing trend so far in this season for the Phillies, starter Brett Myers gave up 3 runs to the Marlins in the first inning tonight on a 3-run homer to Dan Uggla. Cripes, guys, what’s with all the long balls? I’m getting a little tired of it, as I’m sure pitching coach Rich Dubee is, too.
The Fish retained that 3-0 lead through eight innings. Things looked bleak for the Phillies heading into the ninth, as Ryan Howard was retired to start things off. But then Jayson Werth doubled, Raul Ibanez walked, and Matt Stairs singled to drive in a run. Lou Marson walked to load the bases, but then Eric Bruntlett struck out. Next up was Jimmy Rollins, who walked to force in another run, making it 3-2. Shane Victorino picked an opportune time to have his bat awaken, as he then hit a grand slam to give the Phils a 6-3 lead. Chase Utley would add a solo shot of his own for good measure, to make it 7-3.
Ryan Madson took over in the bottom of the ninth, and though he allowed a walk and a double, he retired the side with no further scoring. Phillies win!
No crotch shots in today’s newspaper – darn! Two worthy captions for yesterday’s photo were submitted, they appear below.
“No, if you cover it up like this no one can see the stain”
– OR –
“Hey, get that away from my best friend!!!”
(photo by Steven M. Falk/Philadelphia Inquirer)