Monday Morning Musings

23 Jul

Monday mornings are hard enough as it is so I thought I’d start your week off with some good Phillies news for a change.  Here are some happy headlines you may have missed.

Walk-off Win

The Phillies, who have lost 13 times this year on the other team’s last at-bat turned the tables yesterday with a walk-off win of their own.  Jimmy Rollins‘ 12th inning single scoring Carlos Ruiz from third gave the Phillies a 4-3 victory and prevented a series sweep by the Giants.  Coming into yesterday’s game, the Giants had been 4-0 on the road in extra inning games and the Phillies were only 2-9.

How Do You Spell Relief?

Usually not with the Phillies middle relievers this season but yesterday, the  much-maligned bullpen really came through, even without closer Jonathan Papelbon, unavailable after throwing 36 pitches in Saturday night’s loss. But Antonio Bastardo struck out the side in the ninth and Jeremy Horst and Kyle Kendrick combined for a scoreless 10th, 11th and 12th to give the Phillies the chance for the win.

 Big Joe coming up “Big”

Joe Blanton continued what has quietly been a  strong season for the Phillies right-hander making his fourth quality start in his last five outings, holding the Giants to three runs on seven hits over eight innings. He struck out six and walked just one on an intentional walk.  In nine starts when pitching seven innings or more this year, Blanton has posted a 2.21 ERA.  And in todays ‘surprising stat department,’ guess who has the best strikeout to walk ratio in the National League?  Yep, none other than Big Joe.  Blanton’s 108-17 strikeout-to-walk ratio is even better than teammate and perennial contender in that category, Cliff Lee (106-22).

Aloha 

Shane Victorino became the first Hawaiian-born player to reach 1,000 career hits on Saturday with a line-drive single in the 6th inning.  Victorino, in his seventh full season with the Phillies, also leads all Hawaiian-born players in runs (583), doubles (181), triples (63) and stolen bases (183).  That is quite an accomplishment for the “Flyin’ Hawaiian” and it’s nice see some positive news for Victorino who has struggled this year and lately been the subject of much trade speculation.

 King Cole  

And speaking of trade speculation, nobody has been a bigger target this year than Phillies star lefty Cole Hamels.  And nobody has handled it better.  Cole has calmly and consistently given the “right” answers to the trade questions that have been following him since Spring Training.  He was given a deserving warm standing ovation by the home crowd on Saturday as he left the mound for possibly his last time as a Phillie.  I, for one, hope that’s not the case.

Well, there you have it.  I hope this good news is the start to a good week for all of you.

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2 Responses to “Monday Morning Musings”

  1. Shirley July 23, 2012 at 12:37 pm #

    I left the park with a grin
    ‘Cause the Phills did win
    And I was there to see it!!!!!

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