Phillies Blog – Davey and The Statman
FOX1470.com Contributors - Phillies blog will feature renowned Sports Handicapper Davey Sharpe and his partner Mike the Statman. Combined they operate a successful sports handicapping business together and are both lifelong Phillies fans.
Miami Not as Beachy for Phillies
The series started out fun to watch – as I mentioned in Wednesday’s blog, everyone chipped in for the Phillies to take the away opener in Miami on Tuesday Night. That set the stage for at least a series win and possibly a series sweep of the Marlins.
Miami had other ideas.
On Wednesday – as I heard someone state – Kendrick was the best player for the Marlins that night.
Phillies started the game going up 2-0 in the top of 1. That is a pretty sweet first inning cushion. Kendrick promptly gave up the lead and the inning ended 2-2. It seemed that every time the Phillies made some traction – Kendrick proved to be the equalizer. Then to watch him trying to get that sacrifice bunt down? Wow – what exactly does Kendrick do during batting practice?
The game turned ugly quickly an d a very nice game by Dom Brown was wasted – as the bullpen came in to put the game completely out of reach as Manship and Jeff Garcia gave up 4 earned runs each in the 8th and 9th respectively – as the Phillies dropped Wednesday’s game 14-5.
The Rubber Game was a day shift yesterday afternoon – and the result wasn’t any better.
Cole Hamels had another strong outing, but ran into trouble in the late innings – and of course the Phillies provided no early inning run support for him to go on cruise control. Hamels scattered 6 hits and struck out 6 – but gave up the homer to Ozuna in the 7th to put Miami ahead 3-0.
Our Phillies provided some excitement in the late innings – as the bats got hot in our half of the 8th.
Rollins stayed hot and started the 8th with a walk. Utley doubled him to 3rd, so we have 2nd and 3rd with 1 out and Howard up. He could have parked it and given us the tie game right there, but he Sac Flied Rollins to the plate. Thankfully Byrd followed and drilled a monster HR to dead center to tie the game at 3.
Setup man Mike Adams worked an excellent 8th striking out 2.
We got a rally going in the 9th as we moved Revere over to 2nd after his leadoff single – but back to back K’s by Rollins and Nieves quieted the rally.
Sadly, Mr Heater Jake Diekman didn’t have the heater working – as he had a complete meltdown in the bottom of 9 – and couldn’t get out of the inning – giving up 4 hits and eventually the ball game as we lost on a walk off single – 4-3.
So we sit 5 out of first – as we start a very comfy homestand – and we play the next 22 of 33 at Citizens Bank Park.
As I mentioned Wednesday – this stretch will dictate the Phillies year. If we get a nice winning streak together, we will position ourselves to chase the Braves down the stretch. If we continue to dislike the “home cooking” here at CBP (currently 8-12 this year at home), then look for Amaro to be moving some key players out of Philadelphia come July.
Personally, I am hoping for a NICE 3 game sweep of the Dodgers this holiday weekend.