Happiness Abounds

In my last entry, I was a bit pessimistic about the Phillies’ chances against the Mets. In the wake of their being swept by the Braves, I was happy that they’d at least won the first game to avoid being swept again. In retrospect, what was I worried about? This time, the cleat was on the other feet, and the Mets were the ones being swept!!

It does my heart good to see the Mets looking as frustrated as this:
frustratedmet copy.jpg Tom Mihalek/AP

The Mutts, oops, Mets were only able to muster a grand total of 3 runs over the 3-game sweep, as the Phillies won by scores of 7-2, 4-1, and 2-0.

Last night, the Phils opened a 4-game series against the Reds by absolutely erupting
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for 22 runs, 10 of which came in the first inning! I almost felt a teeny bit bad for Johnny Cueto, who gave up 9 of those runs in a mere 2/3 of an inning. Amazingly, 8 of the 10 runs came after there were two outs and no one on base!

Cole Hamels gave up a solo homer to Jonny Gomes, but that was it for the Reds. Things got so bad for them, they brought infielder Paul Janish in to pitch the bottom of the eighth, his second such appearance this year. Apparently the first outing was less than stellar, as he gave up 5 runs. This time would be no different, as Janish coughed up six runs, including a Jayson Werth grand slam. Poor Janish now has an ERA of 49.50 to show for his efforts.

Now for tonight. More often than not, it seems that after the Phillies have an outburst like this, the next night they are asleep at the wheel. I hope that this time they can continue with the offensive heroics, and keep their winning streak going.

Minor Matters

On Sunday, we took the kids to the Reading Phillies for Kids Club Game #2, where they were happy to receive their Crazy Hot Dog Vendor pillowcases.
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There was also a pre-game Mascot Meet and Greet – the R-Phils have no less than 5 mascots! I can understand mascots with names like Blooper, Change-Up, and Screwball (a dog, turtle, and mutant Mr. Red/Met combo, respectively), but I’m not so sure about Quack (duck) and Bucky (beaver). I think it’s just so they have enough to complete the Mascot Band, which performs live before Saturday games.

Yohan Flande was on the mound for the R-Phils, making his second start at AA since being called up from Clearwater.

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The Connecticut Defenders (S.F. Giants affiliate) countered with prospect Tim Alderson.

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The Defenders would come out on top, winning by a score of 12-5. They ran rampant on Flande and catcher Tuffy Gosewisch, stealing six bases altogether, including two double-steals in the second inning, resulting in two runs scored. Here is one of those runs:

playatplate.jpgThough it looks like the baserunner should be out, the ball was knocked loose on the play.

One more favorite shot from the game – in this one, Connecticut shortstop Sharlon Schoop’s bubble bursts, both literally and figuratively, as he is unable to make a play on a hard ground ball that had caused him to stumble while fielding it.

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More Things That Make You Go “Hmmm”

On the way home from Reading, we passed a restaurant that was advertising a “Bridal Tasting” later this month. One assumes/hopes that this is a chance for brides and grooms to sample menu options available for rehearsal dinners or receptions. Otherwise, the choice of wording leads to some unusual mental images.

(all photos by me except where noted; erupting baseball is the logo for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes)

9 Comments

It sounds like you and your family had a great time! And yes, when our teams have these games where they score tons of runs, it always seems like in the next game we are left to ask – “Could we have saved a few of those runs!” lol! Good luck tonight!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

I also went to a minor league game recently. I saw the Lowell Spineners and Staten Island Yankees (single A Red Sox and Yankees) play in Lowell. It is always a great time going to Minor League games because there is so much fun put into the game and the side shows. Check out my blog for pictures from the game.
-Dillon
http://dillonm.mlblogs.com/archives/2009/07/lowell-spinners-vs-staten-island-yankees-7309.html

I saw the highlights of that Phillies game against the Reds. The final score looked painful, but hopefully the Phillies can keep it up tonight!!
Emily
http://deconstructingthoughts.mlblogs.com/

Sue,

In addition to Crazy Hot Dog vendor pillowcase night (that’s one of the strangest giveaways ever) was it also crazy name night? Those are some unique names.

Jordan played on the Volcanoes last year in Little League by the way. Really ugly unis!

Ken

Julia – So true! I hope they don’t struggle to even get hits tonight, let alone score runs. Too bad there’s no way to “save” a few.
Dillon – Minor league games ARE fun, aren’t they? I’ll be sure to check out your photos.
Emily – Not painful to us Phans! Ok, maybe to the Reds’ fans it was painful.
Ken – If you think the pillowcase is odd, I really wanted to go to last Tuesday’s game, when they gave out R-Phils spatulas on the Tribute to Spam night, with accompanying Spam-carving contest. But unfortunately my husband got stuck in a traffic jam, and did not get home from work in time for us to go. :-(

Congrats on that blowout. Wow, what a score for the Phillies. I know how much I love lopsided games when my team is on the winning end, so I’m guessing you feel the same way. And those pillowcases are a riot! Great giveaway. As for the “Bridal Tasting,” that’s perfect material for Jay Leno and the segment where he reads funny headlines.

- http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

Hi, Sue,
Good post. =)

The game is 3-0 just now. The phils just left bases loaded. Sigh, well…that happens, right? We just want the winning streak to continue.

And if the marlins and mutts lose a bit…good. =)

Carol.
How ‘Bout Those Phils? MLBlogs.com

I also had the opportunity to see a minor league game. It was so much fun.
Your Phillies are still #1.
http://catlovesthedodgers.mlblogs.com

Yeah for Shane!! Did ya see the walk-off hit tonight? SO happy :O)

Jenn
http://philliesphollowers.mlblogs.com/

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