Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Worth the wait: Win 90 on the season

90 wins
90th win of the season, worth some rain to get

The rainy night did not look good to start off this game 2 of the series between the Atlanta Braves and the Phillies. There was nearly a two hour rain delay after the 7:05 pm start time, but just before 9:00 pm, the Phillies and the Braves got this game underway.

You kind of got the feeling that they were going to wait this one out, even if it took another delay to get this game into the books. The rain did indeed return again, but play went on through it and both teams just persevered and finally the rain storm again dwindled to just a fine mist.

Charlie Manuel said after the game, "We had to wait a while, but any time you win it makes it easier to swallow.”

Nothing could be more true as the Phillies won 6-3 to bring their 90th win on the year. Vance Worley earned his 11th win on the year and is now 11-1 with a 2.86 ERA. Worley has exceeded a lot of expectations and is in line for Rookie of The Year, this game strengthened the case for ROY for him.

On this night, it was Raul Ibanez that had most of the hits that scored Phillies runners. Raul had 3 RBI in this game and 3 hits. Chase Utley added a home run and Hunter Pence went 2-3 and raised his season batting average to .310 on the year.

The final game of this series is tonight, again it is rain in the forecast. We’ll see if they can get this game in as well. It’ll be Roy Oswalt for the Phillies vs. Brandon Beachy for the Braves. Beachy just happens to be 0-3 against the Phillies in 5 starts, so we’ll see if that trend continues if they can get this ballgame in around the rain storms. This game will also be on ESPN as their Wednesday night baseball special.

The Phillies rewarded fans and ticket holders from last night's game, your patience or good luck if you didn't even go, is paying off. The Phillies have offered a free ticket to one of a half dozen games in the 2012 season, and I think that's just awesome for the fans. Here is the official news from the Phillies on this:

"We sincerely appreciate our fans' patience and understanding and we thank them for their incredible and continued support," said Vice President of Sales and Ticket Operations, John Weber.
"As a token of our appreciation, all fans holding tickets to tonight's game may exchange their tickets for a complimentary 2012 ticket to one of six dates."
Tickets may be exchanged for the Pavilion, Pavilion Deck or Terrace Deck seating area to one of the following six games during the 2012 season:
• On Deck Series Games against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday, April 2nd or Tuesday, April 3rd (both games are scheduled to begin at 7:05)
• Any of 4 Monday home games between April 30th and May 21st (opponents and times TBD)
Fans should maintain possession of tonight's tickets (listed as September 6th & game 73) until mid-January 2012 when On Deck Series Games go on sale, or mid-February 2012 when individual tickets go on sale.
Exchanges can be done at the Citizens Bank Park Ticket Windows. All exchanges are subject to availability and will be done on a ticket-for-ticket basis.

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