Walkin’ Off in Style: Rauuuul!




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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
in 2008.



Rookie in
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.


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.


Big Howie
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.


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.


That’s good
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


No Heath
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!


Phillie Phanatic
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!



  1. Lissi

    Sorry about your nutso schedule. I knew there was reason I didn’t like THE Ohio State University. The “THE” plays a big part too. JD is my favorite player ever. Be careful. He is awesome and I will always love him and never, ever, ever forgive Phillies fans as a whole. Individuals I can make exceptions for. 😉
    Wat school are you transferring to? I have probably heard of it. My friends call me the college encyclopedia.

  2. mattpeas

    Morgantown is just an hour away from the burgh. I consider it a suburb of Pittsburgh. To tell you the truth the easiest thing is rooting against the Panthers. Their irrelevant to the city. Nobody cares, nobody acknowledges the university. with about 30% of WVU students coming from west virginia the mountaineer population in pittsburgh is huge. at any given pirate game you will see more WVU gear than Pitt. as we say in morgantown… EAT S^$# PITT!….but LETS GO BUCS


  3. popejonash

    I really like JA Happ and I think he’d fit in well. It would be nice to see him get a shot. Don’t be too worried about Heath Bell – he certainly looked eager to show the Mets up last week. But please keep jinxing Lidge. With the Marlins running hot out of the blocks, we don;t need to be worrying about you too 🙂 Ashhttp://ashleymarshall.mlblogs.com

  4. raysrenegade

    You are not to blame for Brad Ledge finally coming down from the heavens. He has been due for some time, and honestly, could you see him keeping it going to beat Eric Gagne’s record?
    But with that in mind, the fact he is a elite closer and still going strong is a positive for Philly. He can just start anew streak and have no pressure on him for about another year to keep it going.
    Hey, seriously, are you thinking that Charlie Manuel might be rethinking the Chan Ho Park vs. J A Happ debate again? I think both would have been great additions to the staff. Hopefully an injury will not make that happen in 2009.
    Great points on your blog today.

    Rays Renegade


  5. Elizabeth D

    To answer your question: yes, I did see Brad Wilkerson this spring. Didn’t get his autograph though. He glanced my way when I called his name, but no autograph. Miserable, miserable spring. Not even a consideration for my project program. Lidge’s save was bound to come to an end– not because he’s a bad pitcher (he’s great!) just because of… um… reality. Just like the Marlins winning streak came to an end.

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