A Strange Night at the ‘Bank.

24 Aug

Don’t look now but after last night’s walk-off 11 inning win, the Phillies are in third place!  OK they’re still 19 games behind the first-place Washington Nationals who come to the Bank tonight and 10 1/2 games out in the Wild Card race but this team hasn’t seen third place since April 12th so it’s nothing to be taken lightly.  Not in this strange year.

And there were some other strange things in last night’s game, things you just don’t see every day.  At least Phillies fans don’t.

The first one involves nature.  There was a sudden unexpected downpour in the first inning.  I don’t know about you but the sun was shining brightly where we were.  Even Phillies broadcaster Larry Anderson with his iphone weather ap was taken by surprise.

But probably the strangest happening of all was man-made.  It involved the Phillies’ bullpen.  What now, you ask?   Wait, it’s a good thing.  I said it was strange remember?  The Phillies bullpen took over in the seventh inning and five different relievers combined to shut out the Reds for five innings.  The pen did not give up a single hit, the only two baserunners came on walks.

And why might I consider this unusual?   Well, this same relief corps has been charged with 21 losses this season, fourth-most in the Major Leagues. They have also combined for a 4.47 ERA, which ranks fifth-worst in all of baseball.  Any more questions?

By the way, on the other side of the diamond, last night was the first time all season that Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto was the victim of a blown save.  That, my friends, is the difference between a team in first place and a team in, well at least it’s not last!

But let’s end on a good note.

Another never-before-seen event was the long-awaited debut of Phils right-handed reliever Phillippe Aumont.  You remember him, right?  He was the key piece in the infamous 2009 trade that sent Cliff Lee to the Seattle Mariners.  Well, Aumont threw 18 pitches, 10 for strikes.  He did not give up a hit but issued a two-out walk to Miguel Cairo while pitching a scoreless eighth inning.  Not a bad start.

Well, I’m off to the game tonight with my man Kyle Kendrick on the mound.  It’s probably my last game of the year and I can’t think of anyone I’d rather see on the hill.  I told you I’d be KK’s biggest fan from now on.  How am I doing so far???


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