Phillies Seeing Double

14 Jul

Wow!

Wow!

What a crazy night of baseball.

What a crazy night of baseball.

Two extra inning games, each running 3 hours and 53 minutes.

Two extra inning games, each running 3 hours and 53 minutes.

Will someone please slap me?

Will someone please….

Thanks.  I needed that.

No, you’re not so hung over you’re reading double.  Those games last night were so eerily similar, it’s got me writing double.  Sorry about that.

Lucky for the Phillies the endings were not the same.  After losing game 1 of yesterday’s doubleheader to the Chicage White Sox although they had the winning run on third base with less than two outs in the ninth and 10th innings, the Phillies were desperately in need of a win in the nightcap.

And thanks to a liner to right from Michael Young and a  head-first slide at home plate by Jimmy Rollins in the 13th inning, they did salvage the second game 2-1.   A win in today’s series finale and the Phillies could actually enter the All-Star Break with a .500 record, something that seemed unlikely only several short weeks ago.

Unfortunately they will also have to deal with a break of a different kind.  Phils center fielder Ben Revere broke his right foot in the 11th inning of Game 1 of the doubleheader after fouling a ball off it.

The timing couldn’t be worse for both the Phillies and Revere.  The Phillies have been on a roll and Ben Revere’s hot bat hitting lead-off has been a big part of their recent success.  Revere has raised his batting average to .305 and he entered the doubleheader hitting .347 since the end of April, the sixth-best batting average in baseball during that stretch.

The players will all return to Citizens Bank Park for today’s afternoon finale after barely enough time to grab a quick nap.  A win for the Phils and they’ll be at .500.  They have been above .500 only once all season, at 31-30 on June 6. But win or lose, the All-Star Break will mean a rest for most of the team although not for Domonic Brown and Cliff Lee who will be representing the Phillies in the Midsummer Classic.

And manager Charlie Manuel won’t be getting much rest, either.  He’ll be spending his All-Star break shuffling his line-up once again to figure out “Who’s up first?”

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