9 Jul

Let’s cut to the chase!

Raul Ibanez creamed a fastball from Scott Proctor to send the sell out crowd at Citizens Bank Park home with a smile.

This series against the Braves means a lot more then the one we saw against the Red Sox because of the close race between the Phillies and Atlanta.  The Phillies hold just a 3 1/2 game lead over the Braves.

The Phillies got a surprising appearance from Juan Perez who came out and pitched in the 10th.  Perez struck out the side with 9 pitches.  At first that doesn’t seem like a big deal, but the more you think about it, it’s a pretty interesting feat.  Each batter got three pitches (all strikes) and all took strike three swinging.  It’s so rare that the last Phiillie to do it was Andy Ashby back in good ole’ 1991.

Not to be forgotten…

Roy Halladay still threw 116 pitches after a && rain delay.  He didn’t get the win but still grinded out a great performance and kept the win within reach for the Phillies bats.   More on this later….

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One Response to “Raauuuuuuul!”

  1. mlblogsbarbward July 9, 2011 at 8:55 am #

    This season is definitely one that we as fans must expect the unexpected. I’m watching the game last night and hoping for a walk off homerun. Howard goes up to plate and although he had a nice hit it was caught. Darn! Next up is Ibanez and I’m thinking “Hmm, would be nice for a homer here but…”. and smack, he hits one out of the park. Wow! I was thrilled for Raul. He still has his stuff and he’s one heck of a guy to boot. Who couldn’t be happy for him? It was a successful game. Yay! They beat those Braves. 🙂

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