The Phils scored four first inning runs against their nemesis Tim Lincecum, before going on to beat the Giants, 5-2. The Phils took the lead in the first as, with two men on, and with one man out, Hunter Pence hits an RBI single, scoring Placido Polanco, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead, while sending Jimmy Rollins, who had just walked, up to second base. The Phils then took a 2-0 lead as Shane Victorino hits an RBI single, knocking in Rollins, while sending Pence on to second base. The Phils then made it a 4-0 lead as Laynce Nix hits a two-run double to the right field wall, scoring both Pence and Victorino. The Giants would get a run back in their half of the first as, with the bases loaded, via a single by Angel Pagan, a walk by Melky Cabrera, moving...Read more
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In the recent past, Roy Halladay has not had a lot of luck against the Giants. And with 2 Cy-Young winners facing off, Monday night's game was set-up to be a real battle. It was also a nice opportunity for me to repost one of my favorite photoshop experiments. Meet Darth Vader (Lincecum) & Luke Skywalker (Halladay). Can you guess who the evil emperor is? Back to the game...the battle ended really before it began as a struggling Tim Lincecum got torched by the Phils in the first inning to the tune of 4 runs. You can usually assume a 4-run lead is safe with Halladay on the mound. Actually, I do not believe Halladay has ever lost a game when his team scores 4 in the first. This would be no different. Halladay had what...Read more
When Cole Hamels allowed two runs in the first inning of today's game, you could almost hear the collective, "Here we go again..." spilling from the minds of everyone present at the ballpark. But as it turned out, that was all the Mets would score for the entire game. In 7 innings, Hamels collected 10 strikeouts and allowed just 6 hits and one walk. The defense stayed strong behind him as well. Now all the Phillies needed was some offense, which has not been easy to come by recently. And through the first 6 innings, things were not looking good. But in the 7th, Jimmy Rollins and Hunter Pence hit back-to-back singles and then advanced to 2nd and 3rd on a wild pitch.
The Phils, as they score seven runs in their last two at-bats, reward Cole Hamels’ strong start as they salvage a victory as they beat the Mets, 8-2. The Mets took a quick 2-0 lead in the first as, with one man on, and with two men out, a struggling Ike Davis hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the season, knocking in David Wright, who had just singled. The Phils got a run back in their half of the first as, with two men on, and with no one out, Jimmy Rollins hits an RBI single, knocking in Juan Pierre, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Shane Victorino’s single, cutting the Mets’ lead down to 2-1, while sending Victorino, who had just singled, up to second base. The game then became a pitchers’ duel...Read more
When one of your ace pitchers gives up 3 runs in the first inning, you know it is going to be a bad day. Add to that having the Mets in town, the 3rd anniversary of Harry Kalas' death and the fact that it is Friday the 13th and things look pretty grimm. Not that Cliff Lee pitched too badly. He made a few mistakes and the Mets lowered the ax. Making matters worse, the Phillies knuckleballing nemesis R.A. Dickey was pitching for the Mets. Although, the Phillies did collect 11 hits; they just failed to score. The one happy moment in the game came when rookie Freddy Galvis smashed his first major league home run. Grinning in the dugout afterwards as the team...Read more
Behind the three-hit pitching of Joe Blanton, the Phils win their home series with the fish, as they defeat the Marlins, 3-1. The Phils broke up a 0-0 tie in the fourth as Shane Victorino hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils added to their lead four batters later as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, John Mayberry, Jr, hits an RBI single, scoring Hunter Pence, who had earlier doubled, giving the Phils a 2-0 lead. The Marlins got a run back in the fifth as, with a man on second, and with two men out, John Buck hits an RBI single on a ball that Pence was unable to catch, knocking in Omar Infante, who had earlier doubled, cutting the Phils’ lead down to 2-1. The Phils got the run...Read more
A player's entrance music selection says a lot about their personality. Joe Blanton's choice is "Hillbilly Deluxe" by Brooks & Dunn. Tonight against the Marlins, Blanton used his Hillbilly-style to reel in the Fish. Having nearly a year off with a sore elbow, the rest seems to have done Blanton some good. He has zip on his fastball and is throwing it wherever and whenever he wants like there is not a care in the world. If he can stay healthy, Blanton could be a huge boost for the Phillies this year. The one run he gave up kept the team in position to win. He was helped out by solo home runs from Shane Victorino and Ty Wiggington. And a single from John Mayberry Jr. knocked in Hunter Pence who had another multi-hit game tonight.