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ViTal Phorum Wrap 05/10/09 to 05/16/09

Posted on: May 17, 2009 3:42 pm
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05/10/09: Myers’ Best Start Goes Unrewarded...because of an opportunity for insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth was on the table in a one-run game.... his first 3 innings featured too many pitches with 3 jams to work out of, and 3 innings were he settled down with efficient use of his pitches….had 94 pitches, and was set to toe the rubber to start the 7th inning….Phils lose 4-2.

05/12/09: Charlie Manuel moved Jimmy Rollins down the line up into the 5 hole, and it started a spark….Chan Ho Park pitched 6 innings, scattering 7 hits….Jason Werth who ran all over his former club.  He was 2-4 with 2 runs scored and 4 stolen bases, including stealing home in the 7th….Phils win 5-3.

05/13/09: For the 3rd time in 3 starts, Jamie got tagged, got pulled, and watched from the dugout as his third chance to win #250 became a fourth chance at that number.  During these 3 games, he has pitched 12.1 innings to yield 22 hits and 19 runs–all earned—with 7 walks and 6 homeruns….Ibombez blasted his 10th tater into the second deck of the bullpen…all Dodgers with 2 homers, producing 5 runs….Phils lose 9-2.

05/14/09: This was 3 games in 1:  a pitcher’s duel, a base-running comedy, and the 2-strike-and-2-out comebacks, mixed with 4 errors….Cole Hamels (110 pitches) and Chad Billingsley (123 pitches) were locked in a 2-1 game…Rafael Furcal ran the Dodgers out of the first inning, Cole Hamels did the same for the Phillies in their fifth inning, and Russell Martin in the sixth was picked-off, as well….both teams were down to their last strike, and they both put up 2 runs.  First, deuces were wild with 2 on, 2 out, and a 0-2 count on Chooch Ruiz, who then hit a 2-bagger to tie the score in the bottom of the ninth….In the top of the 10th inning, Andre Ethier was down to a final strike before walking to start the 2-run rally with doubles by Martin and Matt Kemp…. Phils lose 5-3.

05/15/09: The Phils went to the White House earlier today to accept congratulations from the Leader of the Free World….The Phils offense has been in a funk lately, but tonight there were signs of life….Ryan Howard had one hit, but it was a big one.  His 3-run homer in the 7th gave the Phils a 6-4 lead.  Raul Ibanez was 4-6 tonight with 3 runs scored and 2 RBI.  He also stole 2 bases.  His single in the 12th lead to 4 runs…Joe Blanton threw 102 pitches and lasted only 5 innings tonight, thanks to a 26 pitch 1st inning and a 36 pitch 3rd….struggled in the 3rd when 9 batters came to the plate.  Blanton surrendared 6 walks….Brad Lidge gave up 2 hits and a walk while surrendaring 2 runs and blowing the save….Phils win 10-6.

05/16/09 Game 1: The Phils decided to move Raul Ibanez up to 3rd place in the batting order.  Ibanez rewarded the move with homers in each of his 1st two at bats….So far this season, Ibanez is proving all critics wrong.  Not only are his numbers great, he also plays the game “the right way.”… Brett Myers threw 43 pitches through 2 innings and looked like he might last just 5 innings, but he came back to throw 108 pitches—70 for strikes in 7 innings for his 3rd win of the season….After a shaky 8th by Madson in which he gave up 3 runs, Brad Lidge came in to get the save….Phils win 8-5.

05/16/09 Game 2: Rain Determined Win Ends With 3 Ducks On The Pond…After walks to J-Roll and Chase Utley, Raul Ibombez singled to load the bases for Rynosaur, and the heavens quickly opened…The Phils came into the doubleheader with a used-up bullpen, except for Jack Taschner, with Andy Carpenter from Triple-A Lehigh Valley starting game 2…Is it me or are hitters hitting a lot of big bombs, even in pitcher’s parks, like Citi Field and Nationals Park?  Not just Rynosaur!  Lately, the bomb squad has included Ibombez and J-Dub Werth to go with Rynosaur and Matt Stairs, and the opposition has hit some big shots too.  Maybe the Wheaties is spiked!... In game 2 J-Roll, Chase, Raul and Rynosaur went a total of 9 for 12 with 3 walks, 2 homers and 6 RBI…Phils win 7-5.

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