The Phils are back home and on fire coming into Sunday, Mother’s Day with the afternoon game at Citizens Bank Park scheduled for 1:35 pm. The Fightins are 5-5 in the last 10 games so these two wins at home against the Cubs have been real important to them. Even as they are winning, the Phils are still 7 games back from division leading Atlanta, the NY Mets are 1.5 games back of the pace that Atlanta is setting. Atlanta is coming into Sunday’s play on a 5 game win streak and 8-2 in their last 10 games.
It was a wild one on Fox on Saturday afternoon. The game went back and forth and really was entertaining. I think Fox really selected a great game for the fans of baseball to watch in this one. Greg Dobbs was the star of this one going 4-4 in his replacement of Ryan Howard who has been added to the DL with a strained left quad, Howard can rejoin the team on May 25th – Chris Coste is again joining the Phils team being called up from Ottawa. Freddie Garcia worked a good game, it wasn’t his best game he’ll pitch this year, but he didn’t get the win as the Phils let the Cubs back into the game with a 5-5 tie that was restarted after a brief rain delay. The Phils managed to pull this one out though with a two out and nobody on base barrage that happened right after Aaron Rowand hit a single and Utley came up and doubled Rowand home, and the star of the game Greg Dobbs lobbed a triple down the right field corner. The rest is history, Carlos Ruiz, played a great game, he added a two run HR just for good measure to seal the Phils 11-7 wild victory. I’ll take these wins anytime! It feels good to win a game like this, instead of losing it.
Time will tell if anyone brings any brooms to the ballpark today, it is Mother’s Day – it’s Chase Utley blanket day for the ladies- Chase will be batting with a pink bat… I can’t wait to get to the park to see this one!
Here is some quick Phils stats before I wrap this one up:
Jimmy Rollins still leads the team in HR’s with 9, he also has 5 triples to lead in triples
Chase Utley has 31 RBI's to lead the team
Aaron Rowand leads the team with a .358 batting average
Cole Hamels has a 5-1 record to lead the staff, he also leads with 59 SO’s
Brett Myers has mowed down 41 with about ½ the amount of innings that Cole has pitched
Jamie Moyer’s 3.00 era leads the staff for the lowest ERA on the staff
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