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ViTal Phorum Wrap 4/26/09 to 05/02/09

Posted on: May 3, 2009 8:06 am
Here are the highlights for the week from the Phils.  Find out more at

04/26/09: For Phils fans, this was a day to relax and enjoy the game.  The Phils were able to win easily over the Marlins, 13-2.... In a blow out like this, there are many offensive stars.  Every starter, including pitcher Jamie Moyer, had a hit except Chris Coste... The Phils have to feel good about their effort this weekend.  Hopefully, they can take this momentum into the next several series.

04/27/09: In no way a vacation after filleting a boatload of Marlins, as in a 3-to-a-boat load,  The Phillies return home with a full belly... Joe Blanton did not pitch well enough to keep the Phillies in the game.... the Phils made a comeback, scoring 6 runs in the bottom of the 8th, highlighted by a Raul Ibanez grand slam, final 13-11 Phils.  This was another gutsy comeback win for the Phils.

04/28/09: Tonight, against the Washington Nationals, Cole Hamels was on a roll until rolling his ankle in the 5th.  Hamels was done for the night after only 4 1/3 innings of work and a no decision.  This was the 2nd start in a row that Cole had to leave because of injury.  Ironically, the man who laid down the bunt, John Lannan, also broke Chase Utley’s hand 2 years ago with a pitched ball.  Lannan is giving new meaning to the term Phillie killer… The Phils scored via the long ball.  Chase Utley exacted some revenge on Lannan by hitting two homers off him, his 6th and 7th of the young season.  Pedro Feliz hit a 2-out, 3-R homer following an error by Nationals Shortstop Alberto Gonzalez and a walk to Raul Ibanez.  Later in the game, Ibanez hit a solo homer, his 7th of the season…. Phils win 7-1.

04/29/09: … the temperature dropped 20°, cooling off the hot Phils, 4-1…. Olsen channeled his feeling for the Phils into a decent effort.  He worked 5 2/3 innings, allowed 6 hits and 1 run on a Shane Victorino homer in the 1st.  This was Olsen’s 1st win as a National after losing 3.  The Nationals bullpen staved off a rally in the 8th to hold the Phils scoreless.

05/01/09: …bitter rivals battle for the first time since last season’s three-way battle for two playoff positions…. Gotham is still aflame as The Mets’ fans are telling fish stories about the two that got away… the new-look, Mets bullpen had a chance to show what they can do, and they delivered…. they scored 7 runs—all earned on Park in his 4 2/3 innings.  A glaring stat for Park was his 6 walks…. The Phils had 2 on with one out when Jimmy Rollins bounced a grounder to Reyes who bobbled the ball and threw it away on an attempt to get Chris Coste at 3rd.  Coste got up to see that he would not be able to advance but Greg Dobbs didn’t. Coste tried to score, but was out at home.  Shane Victorino flied out to center to end the 6th inning.  Instead of the bases loaded with 1 out and a chance for a big inning, the Phils came away with nothing.  Add the fact that Utley lead off the next inning with a home run, and it makes it that much worse…. Phils lose 7-4.

05/02/09: Shane Victorino patiently handled a bases-loaded, 2-out at bat in the bottom of the 10th for a walk and game-winning RBI.  So far this season, the Phillies are handling this situation extremely well.  They are leading the league batting .542, including 3 slams and 40 RBI with the bases loaded…. It was a good win for the Phils.  This was the 5th game that the Phils have won on their last at bat, 6-5.

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