They’re Alive!

12 Apr

OK, take a deep breath.  Is everybody feeling  a little better this morning?  Nothing like a 7 run, 14 hit barrage to cure what ails you.  And though the fans looked awfully cold on this gusty night at the Bank, they sure looked mighty happy.  Lots of smiles in the Phillies dug-out, too.  All in all a much-needed win with some desperately needed offense. And with Doc Halladay on the mound, this was my kind of game.

Yet, one more reminder that four games do not a season make.  Everyone in the starting lineup had at least one hit (except for Doc who was busy doing other things); Placido Polanco, Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino and Carlos Ruiz each had two including a home run for Chooch and Hunter Pence had three hits bringing his average up to .368.  The Phillies stole bases, made the most of their hits and took advantage of their scoring opportunities.

Perhaps the most pleasant surprise of the young season so far is that for the second time in two games, Freddy Galvis came through with a big hit.  On Monday he hit a double to drive in the Phillies only two runs in their 6-2 loss and last night he hit a bases-loaded, two-out double, driving in two critical runs to break the game open.  And a new hero was born as the fans chanted “Freddy!  Freddy!” before and after his big two-out hit.  A nice moment for the rookie who went 0-12 before getting that first hit on Monday.  Galvis, by the way, is now tied with Hunter Pence for the team lead in RBI with 4.

Meanwhile, the Doc was, well the Doc.  After a bit of a struggle in the first two innings he settled down and filleted the fish allowing only one run in seven strong innings.  But that has come to be expected of the best pitcher in baseball as Halladay joked that he has yet to hear the fans chant his name.  So does this mean the Phillies offensive woes are a thing of the past?  Will this team now continue to score runs in bunches?  Not likely.  But it was a good start to see signs of offensive life  on this cold April night.

All in all it was a good night for the Phillies and the city as the 76ers, trying to get back on track, won their second in a row beating the Toronto Raptors and in last night’s biggest game the Flyers, down 3-0 to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first game of the Stanley Cup Playoffs came back to win 4-3 in overtime.  There were a lot of fans having pleasant dreams in Philadelphia last night.  I hope you were one of them!

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7 Responses to “They’re Alive!”

  1. Holly April 12, 2012 at 11:50 am #

    It WAS quite a relief! Whew! My favorite moment was Jimmy Rollins rubbing Galvis while he was on deck for…luck? or warmth?…whatever it was it worked!

    • girlsbestphriend April 12, 2012 at 6:55 pm #

      Me too, Hol! I almost was going to work that in and I loved how after the game Greg Murphy was giving Jimmy credit for psyching Freddy up and Jimmy said, “No man, that was all Freddy!” Gotta love that Jimmy.

  2. Ray April 12, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

    Susan,

    The bats came alive. Lets hope we can keep that going !!! Its a tough time of the year, trying to watch the Flyers in the playoffs and the Philles games….lol

    We will keep those fingers, toes and eyes crossed that we build on last night and keep the offense swinging like they were.

    • girlsbestphriend April 12, 2012 at 6:54 pm #

      And don’t forget the Sixers. We need more fingers! (and more remotes.)

  3. Displaced Phan April 12, 2012 at 5:24 pm #

    What a great night last night was! We have another chance at the trifecta tomorrow night! Everybody was hitting on the Phils and Flyers last night. Loved every second of it!

    • girlsbestphriend April 12, 2012 at 6:53 pm #

      Hi there,
      Thanks for reading and commenting all the way from Chile? Is that true? How did you end up there? Your blog looks like fun. I just subscribed. I hope you’ll keep checking out mine, too. Your sling box must have been on fire last night. More good sports to come!

      • Displaced Phan April 12, 2012 at 7:13 pm #

        Yes, it’s true, I’m in Santiago. I chased my wife down here. Thanks for following my site. I always enjoy reading about the female perspective of Philly sports since my wife could care less about sports haha!

        The Phillies game was actually on TV last night, which I couldn’t believe. That left the Slingbox totally free for the Flyers (sorry Sixers). Keep up the good work!

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