Bizarre Plays, Walk Offs, Fireworks

9 Jul

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It was truly a bizarre evening at Citizens Bank Park.  Freak plays, blown saves (Yeah two of them), game winning homers and fireworks. 

Both starters pitched well. Cincinnati’s Johnny Cueto gave up two runs – one earned – and four hits in seven innings.

Kyle Kendrick allowed one run and three hits, striking out four in 6 2-3 innings for the Phillies.  It was Kendrick’s third start without any walks.  He was pulled fairly early in the game with a rather low pitch count.  One’s best guess would be that Charlie Manuel didn’t want to try and stretch Kyle out and have him possibly go a little too long.  Leads have slipped away from the Phillies quite a few times in the past few weeks.

Votto gave the Reds a 1-0 lead in the first when he sent one deep into the right-center field seats.  It was all the offense the Reds could muster off of Kyle Kendrick.

A really bizarre play allowed the Phillies take a 2-1 lead in the third.
Rollins walked with two outs. Victorino then hit a sharp grounder that
bounced off Votto’s glove and rolled away. Victorino beat Votto’s throw
to Cueto covering the bag. Cueto’s glove and ball flew off when his arm
collided with Victorino, who rounded the bag.

Votto then grabbed
the ball and threw to a gloveless Cueto, who dropped it for an error.
Rollins came all the way around from first and scored with a headfirst
dive. Cueto was slightly shaken up on the play, but stayed in.

july82.jpgFor the home team it was a little frustrating. Ryan Madson blew a lead when a pitch got away from Brian Schneider and Drew Stubbs scored all the way from second on the wild pitch.  The Phillies regained the lead on a Jimmy Rollins sac fly in the bottom of the eighth.  Sooooo then comes Brad Lidge in the top of the ninth.  It was easy to tell this was not going to be his night.  Two runners got on quickly but Brad got a double play ball leaving a runner at third.  Then the Red’s last hope Miguel Cairo hit a liner to left-center and the game was tied.  The loudest chorus of boos came from the crowd that I’ve heard in a while.

Two innings later Brian Schneider hit a game-ending homer in the 12th inning, giving the
Philadelphia Phillies a 4-3 victory over the NL Central-leading
Cincinnati Reds.  It was very frustrating to watch.  After the previous night when Charlie called the team and front office out, the Phillies looked a little off.  Miscues behind the plate and attitudes on the field were pretty visible. In the top of the 12th Jayson Werth appeared to curse out a fan for getting in the way of a catch.

The frustration is getting to the team.  Victorino had some choice things to say the night before after fans were giving it to him.  Everyone is frustrated, but we’re not giving up hope.

Side Notes –

CBP – Last night was the 81st consecutive sell out.  That’s one game shy of a full season.

Figgy – Nelson Figueroa give the Phillies two scoreless innings. 

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One Response to “Bizarre Plays, Walk Offs, Fireworks”

  1. phils11380 July 10, 2010 at 9:32 am #

    Everyday is bizarre in Philly. Huge leads blown, comebacks from huge deficits,multiple errors(Blue Jays) sure wins blown by the bullpen etc. Wouldn’t be a Phillies game without some drama or wtf moments. Why do you think most fans have ulcers or heart problems ha ha.

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