Phillies Getting on a Roll

25 Jun

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Don’t look now, but the Phillies are now just 2 ½ games back
of those pesky Atlanta Braves.  The surge
is on and if the Mets and the Braves can see the Phillies in the rearview
mirror I think they’ll see that Jayson Werth is at the wheel.  Werth is batting a crazy 857 (6-for-7) with
one home run and three RBIs in his past two games, and .395 (15-for-38) with
two doubles, three home runs, 10 RBIs, eight walks and seven strikeouts in 12
games since June 10.  According to
Charlie Manuel has just opened up his stance a little bit.  Werth tried not to use the word “Slump” when
speaking about his struggles but seemed very pleased with his recent success at
the plate.

“It just kind of got me out of my … whatever I was
in,” Werth said. “Just kind of change things up a little bit. I’ve
done it in the past. Just messing around with some different stances and setups
and stuff. I think I did that last year at some point.”

Joe Blanton is rebounding nicely and just at the right
time.  Just like last year Big Joe is
getting stronger and is becoming the innings eater he is known to be.  In 2009 Joe had a similar tough start and
ended up being the Phillies most sure things out of the rotation.  Thursday’s performance was very good. 

Phillies catcher Dane Sardinha, called up on Saturday from
Triple-A Lehigh Valley, hit his first Major League home run in the bottom of
the sixth inning. It was a solo shot to left field that sparked another
five-run Philadelphia rally.  Sardinha is
filling in for Chooch and Brian Schneider who got the day off.

Charlie was ejected again today in the bottom of the second
trying to argue that Victorino didn’t leave the baseline while trying to avoid
a tag from Indians pitcher Fausto Carmona. The rule states that the runner
cannot be more then three feet from the established baseline.   It was pretty hard to tell. It was Manuel’s
fourth ejection this season, second in three days and 29th ejection with the
Phillies.  He’ll never catch Bobby Cox
but I don’t know if anyone will ever be able to top him.

I can’t finish this entry with out mentioning how insane the
weather got when the game went into the delay. 
Trying to watch the Citizens Bank Park grounds crew get the tarp out
over the diamond was funny and scary all at the same time.  Howard was joking around after the game
calling it a “tornado-cane” Whatever it was it was totally insane.  “I was waiting for the cow to fly through,”
Howard joked.

Roy Halladay has to face his former team, the Blue Jays
tonight.

Side Notes –

All-Star – The races are heating up.  Polanco is losing ground to David
Wright.  Jimmy is running pretty close to
Hanley Ramirez and needs your help.  Keep
voting gang.

Madson – Bullpen in Philly Thursday and is headed to
Clearwater to begin his rehab.

Happ – After another rehab start Happ’s velocity is still
Moyer-esque… Not sure if he’s going to be back as soon as we would like…

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One Response to “Phillies Getting on a Roll”

  1. phillies_phollowers June 26, 2010 at 8:58 pm #

    Yesterday was a great game; today sucked. What is up with Hamels? He tossed cookies down the middle of the plate on 0-2 counts and they went flying out of the ballpark. Ugh. Hope Moyer has more magic for tomorrow!

    Jenn
    http://philliesphollowers.mlblogs.com/

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