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Six days feels like an eternity without a
win. Albeit there was an off day and a rainout before three consecutive losses,
a win was sorely needed in Game 3 of 4 against San Diego. It didn’t start off
promising, but a 4-0 deficit turned into a 5-4 walk-off victory thanks to
Rauuuuuul Ibanez! It feels good to be the team coming from behind rather than
the team blowing the lead, that’s for sure. Here are some notes, one from last
night and the majority from this afternoon:
Jinx? Am I at fault for Brad Lidge’s first blown save as a
Phillie because I mentioned it for the first time in my blog during the game? I
was voicing some concern and unfortunately, it came to fruition. He had given
up runs in two of his three previous appearances; it just happened the Phillies
had a larger lead. Last night, he was one strike away from entering the bottom
of the 9th tied before walking two straight hitters. Should Charlie
have taken him out at that point? I think Charlie wanted to show the confidence
he has and thought Lidge deserved the chance to work out of the jam, but a
three-run jack by Kevin Kouzmanoff gave Los Padres the 8-5 victory. Cheers to the fans at CBP last night for
realizing the streak Lidge had attained and giving him a standing ovation as he
walked off the field. It was certainly a feeling that we never experienced
First Geer: Today’s starter for San Diego, Josh Geer, is
not overpowering, but has pinpoint control and had the Phillies out in front of
the ball for 5.1 innings. Not having a scouting report on a pitcher really
keeps the offense off balance. I expect Geer to be knocked around in his next
start. He was cruising until SS Luis Rodriguez airmailed a throw to first base
(which might have rattled the youngster) because Chase Utley subsequently sneaked
a home run into the first row in right.
Bros: I didn’t know Padres 1B Adrian Gonzalez had a
brother, 2B Edgar, on the same team?! San Diego likes the brother tandems as
Brian and Marcus Giles paired up for a season in 2007.
Flashing Some Leather! Chan Ho Park has to give
some credit to Ryan Howard for taking away some hits, twice diving to his right
before flipping to the pitcher covering. More impressively, he chased down a
foul pop in shallow right to make an over-the-shoulder basket catch, just like
wide receivers are taught. Oh yeah, he tripled to the deepest part of CBP and
watching the big boy motor around the bases is something else.
Happ-ens! Three scoreless innings of relief proved that
he still wants that starting spot. Park was serviceable today, but the #5 slot
is still not set in stone by any means.
coaching! Uncle Charlie gave J-Roll the day off in
hopes the extra rest would get him out of the 6-45 funk. It already paid
dividends! Though his numbers as a pinch-hitter were a bleak 1-13 (they lie),
Rollins hit his first homer on the year to pull within 4-3. At least he’s
healthy unlike this time last season. Charlie knows what he’s doing in the
Bell, No Problem: Padres closer Heath Bell has been unhittable
this season and is 7-7 in save opportunities. He had pitched the last three
days (2 against us…grr), so Bud Black turned to Edwin Moreno to save the game.
He never got an out. Howard blooped one into center because Jody Gerut was
hugging the fence playing no-doubles defense. Ibanez had actually had a
miserable game leading up to his walk-off, but Phillies fans won’t remember
that tomorrow. He was the hero today. His reward? An obligatory pie in the face
during his post-game interview!
turns 31! Happy birthday buddy! You’re aging well.
Flyin’ High! The
Flyers defended their home ice at Wachovia Center with a 6-3 win and now trail
the series to Pittsburgh, 2-1.
Michael Young just sent the Rangers fans home happy with a walk-off of his own
against Kansas City.
Have a phantastic evening everyone!