Sunday, July 17, 2011

Phillies survive Sunday game with Mets 8-5







Cole Hamels wife was on the tv show, Survivor. That is sort of what the Phillies did in New York today before an 80 percent full Citi Field. In the Phillies half of the 8th inning, they led this ballgame by a score of 8-1, they survived to win it by a closer score of 8-5. Kyle Kendrick pitched a very good game only giving up 6 scattered hits and 1 ER on the day.


If anything this win put a bad spotlight again on the bullpen, arguably one of the weakest parts of the Phillies team at the moment. Juan Perez, Phillies relief pitcher, promptly came into the game and walked his first three batters he faced.


Talk about wanting to give the Mets a fighting chance? Ryan Madson followed him and quickly gave up 2 runs to the Mets, they were tacked onto Perez’s ER total, and then added another run for his own ER total before Charlie Manuel graciously lifted him. Madson has said that he wants to ‘quietly’ work back into the bullpen, but the quietness is all over now.


Three of today’s runs came courtesy of a Michael Martinez home run, then Martinez had another RBI with a Sac Fly in the 7th inning. It was Martinez’s first ever home run of his career. It couldn’t have come at a better time. It was the 47th time Martinez was in a game for the Phillies this year. Martinez has 2 triples, and a double and 13 RBI on the season now.


The Phillies road trip continues to Chicago on Monday night with an 8:05 PM start for Monday and Tuesday’s games and then a 2:20 PM afternoon game on Wednesday. The Phils then return home for an off-day on Thursday and then a 4 game weekend series (including Monday) at home vs. the San Diego Padres and then San Francisco comes to Philly for three games.


Phillies rotation in Chicago:

Game Day, Phillies starter  Chicago Cubs starter
Mon: Cliff Lee (9-6) Rodrigo Lopez (1-2)
Tue:  Roy Halladay (11-3) Matt Garza (4-7)
Wed: Vance Worley (5-1) Mat Latos (5-10)

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