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ViTal Phorum Wrap 05/03/09 to 05/09/09

Posted on: May 10, 2009 9:11 am
Here are the highlights for the week from the Phils.  Find out more at

As fans of both teams get ready for the second round at Citi Field of dreams (some writers have picked The Mets to win it all), the questions are wet, albeit not wilted or melted.

05/04/09: Arguably, the biggest hit for the Cards was the ball that hit starter and former Phillie, Kyle Lohse in the 3rd....Joe Blanton pitched well tonight.  His ERA went from 8.41 to 6.84.  In his 6 innings, he gave up 4 runs, 2 walks, 2 hit batsman and only 1 run—it was earned....Howard’s 2nd consecutive Monday with a slam gives him 7 for his career, which ties him with Mike Schmidt for the franchise, record....Phils win 6-1.

05/05/09: The Phillies refused to read the script.  By all acconts, including my own, the Phils should have lost this series.  Instead, they swept the red-hot Cardinals thanks to better starting pitching and a potent offense....Jimmy Rollins went 2-5 with 2 runs scored tonight.  The Phils are now 10-1 in games that Rollins has scored. Shane Victorino extended his hitting streak to 14, including a solo homer in the 1st and 2-run double in the 3rd.  The Phils were able to score in all of the odd frames.  Every starter had at least one hit.  There were plenty of hits tonight, none more important than Jason Werth 3-run homer in the 5th, after the Cards had cut the score to 4-3....Phils win 10-7.

05/06/09: The Phillies came into this game with 4 errors for the season...Chan Ho failed to make a not-impossible-but-difficult play for an error; and it was followed by a infield single with a throwing error, which led to Jason Werth’s pregnant hesitations to throw to the plate late....Johan brought his A runs for 7 innings...Phils lose 1-0.

05/07/09: Sometimes, it’s just not your night as it was for Jamie Moyer, who came nowhere near a clean inning, and didn’t make it out of the third inning....The Mets’ new digs as a homer-free zone, the warm weather gave us a different look with taters by Carlos Beltran, David Wright, Jose Reyes, Rynosaur and J-Dub Werth....Phils lose 7-5.

05/08/09: The Phils took advantage of 2 errors in the 2nd inning to score 4 unearned runs...Good thing the Braves gave the Phils 4 runs.  They needed it!...The biggest story of the game was the performance of Cole Hamels.  He pitched 6 innings allowing 3 hits, 2 runs—both earned while walking 2.  Hamels also struck out 7 and allowed no homers; his ERA went from 7.27 to 6.17.  It was a good way for Hamels to return to the rotation....Phils pitching allowed the 50th and 51st homers of the season...Jason Werth hit his 4th homer in 5 games, a 2-run laser to left.  Chris Coste looked better playing in the roll of back up by hitting his 1st homer of the season in the bottom of the 4th, a solo homer to left.  Chase Utley also hit a ball in the upper deck in right....Phils win 10-6.

05/09/09: Joe pitched better than his pitching line....There was the opposite-field dong by Chase Utley...Ibombez launched his 9thbomb...Back-to-back doubles followed by a 2-run dinger by Yunel Escobar came with 1 out...after putting up 3.1 more innings of scoreless ball with Chipper Jones on first and two outs in the eighth inning, Brian McCann launched pitch 4 after a 2-1 count–a 75 mph curve ball, aka a deuce– into the right-center-field crowd. Bottom line: a frayed silver lining!...Phils lose 6-2.

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