The Tigers take the lead in the top of the first as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Miguel Cabrera hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Ian Kinsler, who had just tripled, as the Tigers take a 1-0 lead. That would hold up as the final score as Cliff Lee and the Phils’ bullpen would only give up nine more hits and a walk in the game, while the Tigers’ pitching staff would keep the Phils’ offense grounded, giving up only two hits, both singles, and three walks in the game.
Cliff Lee (1-2, 2.55) took the lost as he pitched five innings, giving up a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Phillippe Aumont, Antonio Bastardo, B.J. Rosenberg and Jake Diekman would combine for four scoreless innings, giving up four hits (Aumont (1), Bastardo (1), Rosenberg (2)) between them, while striking out 4 (Aumont (1), Bastardo (1), Diekman (2)). Justin Verlander (2-0, 0.00) got the win as he threw six and a third shutout innings, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out seven. Phil Coke collected his fourth hold of the spring as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. Al Alburquerque received his second hold of the spring as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Blaine Hardy collected his first save of the spring as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a walk.
The Phils had only two hits in the game, both singles, a two-out single in the first by Chase Utley and a two-out single in the eighth by Wil Nieves. The Phils also had three walks in the game (Ryan Howard, Reid Brignac (2)), while the defense committed two errors (Howard, Cesar Hernandez), had an outfield assist (Clete Thomas), and performed three double plays, while Cliff Lee picked off a runner.
The Phils (9-16-3) will play their last Grapefruit League game tomorrow afternoon against the Blue Jays (13-13). The game will be played at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida, and is to start at 1:05 PM EDT. The Phils will send to the mound A.J. Burnett (1-2, 7.53) while the Blue Jays will counter with Drew Hutchison (0-1, 2.79). The Phils will be trying to end their Grapefruit League season on a good note, before heading north for their final two spring training games at Citizens Bank Park with the Pirates.
After being crushed by the Blue Jays on Sunday, the Phils rolled off a two-game winning streak, defeating the Tigers, 4-3 on Monday, then defeating the Orioles, 4-1 on Tuesday, before taking Wednesday off.
In Monday’s game, the Tigers took an early lead in the first as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Don Kelly hits an RBI single, knocking in Miguel Cabrera, who had just walked, then stole second base, giving the Tigers a 1-0 lead. The Tigers then took a 3-0 lead in the third as, with one man on, and with one man out, Brennan Boesch hits a two-run home run, his third home run of the spring, knocking in Austin Jackson, who had just walked, then stole second base. The Phils then came back in the fifth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, John Mayberry, Jr. hits an RBI single, knocking in Ty Wigginton, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Laynce Nix’s single, cutting the Tigers’ lead to 3-1, while sending Nix, who had just singled, up to second base. Two batters later, with two men on, and now with one man out, the Phils tied the game up at three-all as Freddy Glavis hits a two-run triple, scoring both Nix and Mayberry. The Phils then took the lead as Jimmy Rollins hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Galvis, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. That would end up being the final score as David Purcey recorded his first save of the spring by getting Jackson to ground out, 5-3, for the game’s final out.
Scott Elarton got a no-decision as he went two and a third innings, giving up three runs on three hits and two walks, while he struck out four. Raul Valdes pitched one and two-thirds scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Joe Savery (1-0, 0.00) got the win as he pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out three. Brian Sanches and Jake Diekman both received their first hold of the spring as they combined for two scoreless innings, giving up a hit (Sanches) between them, while striking out two batters (one batter each). David Purcey recorded his first save of the spring as he pitched an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Max Scherzer (1-1, 4.85) took the lost as he gave up four runs on six hits, while striking out five. Collin Balester, Octavio Dotel and Jose Valverde combined for three scoreless innings, giving up two walks (Balester (1), Dotel (1)), while striking out one (Dotel) batter between them.
The Phils had six hits in the ballgame, a double by Shane Victorino, a single by Hunter Pence, a single by Ty Wigginton, a single by Laynce Nix, an RBI single by John Mayberry, Jr. and a two-run triple by Freddy Galvis. Jimmy Rollins had the other Phil RBI with a sac fly. The Phils also had two walks in the game.
In Tuesday’s game, the Phils took a 1-0 lead in the first as, with runners on the corners, and with one man on, Wigginton hits an RBI single, knocking in Lou Montanez, who had earlier walked, then went on to third on Pence’s single, while sending Pence, who had just singled, on to second base. The Orioles tied the game up at one-all in their half of the first as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Adam Jones hits an RBI double, scoring Nolan Reimold, who had been hit by a pitch, then stole second base. The Phils retook the lead in the seventh as, with a man on second, and with two men out, Galvis hits an RBI triple, knocking in Michael Martinez, who had been hit by a pitch, before later leaving the game with a broken right foot, then moving up to second base on Roy Halladay’s sacrifice bunt, 3-4, giving the Phils a 2-1 lead. The Phils then took a 3-1 lead in the eighth as, with runners on the corners, and with two men out, Pete Orr hits an RBI single, scoring Scott Podsednik, who had earlier singled, then stopped at third on Brian Schneider’s single, while sending Brian Schneider, who had just singled, on to third. The Phils then made it a 4-1 lead in the ninth as pinch hitter Erik Kratz hits a lead-off home run, his first home run of the spring. That would end up being the final score as David Herndon threw his first save of the spring by striking out Matt Antonelli, looking, for the final out.
Roy Halladay (1-1, 6.59) got the win as he went six innings, giving up a run on three hits and a hit batter, while striking out five. Jonathan Papelbon recorded his second hold of the spring as he pitched a scoreless inning, walking a batter. Michael Stutes recorded his first hold of the spring as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. David Herndon recorded his first save of the spring as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. Brian Matusz received a no-decision as he pitched five innings, giving up a run on seven hits and a walk, while striking out three. Kevin Gregg pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits. Jim Johnson (0-2, 12.00) took the lost as he went an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a hit batter. Willie Eyre pitched an inning, giving up a run on three hits. Zach Phillips pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits.
The Phils had fifteen hits in the game, with Hunter Pence (Single, Double), Ty Wigginton (Singles, RBI) and Carlos Ruiz (Singles) all leading the team with two hits each. Freddy Galvis (Triple, RBI), Juan Pierre (Single), John Mayberry, Jr. (Double), Scott Podsednik (Single), Brian Schneider (Single), Pete Orr (Single, RBI), Michael Martinez (Double), Roy Halladay (Single) and pinch hitter Erik Kratz (Home Run, RBI) had the other nine Phils’ hits. The Phils also had a walk in the game.
The Phils lost Michael Martinez as his right foot was broken by a Jim Johnson pitch. There is no timetable for his return. On Monday, Chase Utley left Clearwater to meet with an unamed specialist to check out what is wrong with his knees. The Phils, as of yet, have no idea how this will effect his return to the club. The Phils have also sent five players down to their minor league camp: they’d optioned right handers Phillippe Aumont and Michael Schwimer, while reassigning left handers David Purcey and Jeremy Horst and infielder Kevin Frandsen.
The next Phils (9-9) game will be this afternoon with the Blue Jays (14-4) at Dunedin. The game is to start at 1:05 pm EDT.
For the second straight year, the National League All-Stars win the All-Star Game, as they defeat the American League’s best, 5-1.
The American League took the lead in the All-Star Game in the fourth as, with two men out, Adrian Gonzalez of the Red Sox hits a solo home run off of the Phils’ Cliff Lee, giving the AL a 1-0 lead. The AL tried to make it a 2-0 lead three batters later as, with runners on first and second, via singles by Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays, as first baseman Prince Fielder of the Brewers was unable to catch his pop fly, and Josh Hamilton of the Rangers, sending Bautista up to second base, Adrian Beltre of the Rangers hits a single to left. Bautista tried to score on the hit, but is gun down at home plate by a strong throw from left fielder Hunter Pence, as catcher Brian McCann of the Braves applied the tag, 7-2, for the inning’s final out. The National League then took the lead in their half of the fourth as, with two men on, via singles by Carlos Beltran of the Mets and Matt Kemp of the Dodgers, with Beltran stopping at second base, and with no one out, Fielder crushed a 2-2 cutter into center field for a three-run home run, scoring both Beltran and Kemp, giving the NL a 3-1 lead. The NL added to their lead in the fifth as, with a man on second, and with two men out, pinch hitter Andre Ethier of the Dodgers hits an RBI single, knocking in Rickie Weeks of the Brewers, who had earlier reached first base on a fielder’s choice force out, as pitcher Jordon Walden of the Angels threw home to beat out Starlin Castro of the Cubs, who was pinch running for Troy Tulowitzki of the Rockies who had earlier singled, after he had first stolen second base, and then third, as he was tagged out at the plate by catcher Alex Avila of the Tigers for the inning’s second out, 1-2, before Weeks stole second base, giving the NL a 4-1 lead, before he was thrown out at second base as right fielder Bautista’s throw towards home was cut off by first baseman Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers, who then threw to shortstop Jhonny Peralta of the Tigers, who then tagged Ethier out at second base for the inning’s final out, 9-3-6. The NL then made it a 5-1 lead in the seventh as, with a runner on third, and with one man out, Pablo Sandoval of the Giants hits a RBI ground-rule double to left, knocking in Pence, who head earlier singled, then went all the way to third on catcher Matt Wieters of the Orioles passed ball. That would be the final score as Brian Wilson of the Giants would record a save as he got out the last two batters, Michael Cuddyer of the Twins vis a fly out to right and then Paul Konerko of the White Sox via a ground out, 6-3, after the AL had put runners on second and third, via Carlos Quentin of the White Sox reaching base on shortstop Castro’s throwing error and a single by Matt Joyce of the Rays, which sent Quentin to third base, before he went on to second base on right fielder Jay Bruce of the Reds throwing error.
Roy Halladay of the Phils pitched two 1-2-3 innings, striking out a batter. Cliff Lee of the Phils pitcher one and two-thirds innings, giving up a run on three hits. Tyler Clippard (1-0, 0.00) of the Nationals gets the win as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a hit. Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers received a hold as he pitch a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jair Jurrjens of the Braves also received a hold as he pitched a scoreless inning and two-thirds, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Craig Kimbrel of the Braves also got a hold as he pitched a scoreless third of an inning, as he walked a batter. Jonny Venters of the Braves pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out one. Heath Bell of the Padres pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Joel Hanrahan of the Pirates would pitch a third of an inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Brian Wilson of the Giants would receive a save as he pitched two-thirds of an inning. Jered Weaver of the Angels pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a walk, while striking out a batter. David Robertson of the Yankees also pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Michael Pineda of the Mariners pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two. C.J. Wilson of the Rangers blew the save before taking the lost (0-1, 27.00) as he pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits, while striking out a batter. Jordon Walden of the Angels pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out one. Chris Perez of the Indians pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out one. Brandon League of the Mariners pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out a batter. Alexi Ogando of the Rangers pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men that he would face. Gio Gonzalez of the A’s pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only man that he would face.
The American League All-Stars had six hits in the game, a solo home run by Adrian Gonzalez of the Red Sox, and singles by Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays, Josh Hamilton of the Rangers, Adrian Beltre of the Rangers, Kevin Youkilis of the Red Sox and Matt Joyce of the Rays. The National League All-Stars had nine hits in the game, a single by Lance Berkman of the Cardinals, a single by Carlos Beltran of the Mets, a single by Matt Kemp of the Dodgers, a three run home run by Prince Fielder of the Brewers, a single by Troy Tulowitzki of the Rockies, an RBI single by pinch hitter Andre Ethier of the Dodgers, a double by Yadier Molina of the Cardinals, a single by Hunter Pence of the Astros and an RBI ground-rule double by Pablo Sandoval of the Giants.
The victory gives the National League a 42-38-2 lead over the American League, while it will also give the National League pennant winner home field advantage during the upcoming World Series.
A four run outburst in the second inning leads the Phils to a 5-3 win over the Tigers.
The Phils took a 1-0 lead in the second as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Ross Gload hits an RBI single, knocking in Raul Ibanez, who had earlier doubled, then went to third on Delwyn Young’s single, while sending Young, who had just singled, up to second base. One batter later, Brian Schneider made it a 4-0 Phils’ lead as he hits a 3-run home run, his first home run of the spring, scoring both Young and Gload. The Tigers would get a run back in their half of the second as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Brennan Boesch hits into a double play, 3-6-3, scoring Miguel Cabrera, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Victor Martinez’s single, while wiping out at second base, for the inning’s first out, Martinez, who had just singled, making it a 4-1 Phils’ lead. The Tigers would make it 4-2 Phils in the third as, with the bases loaded, via a single to Don Kelly, a walk to Andy Dirks, moving Kelly to second base, and a single to Will Rhymes, moving both Kelly and Dirks up a base, and with one man out, Magglio Ordonez hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Kelly from third. The Phils would increase their lead in the seventh as, with two men out, Jeff Larish hits a solo home run, his first home run of the spring, giving the Phils a 5-2 lead. The Tigers would get that run back in the ninth as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Audy Ciriaco hits into an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Argenis Diaz, who had earlier singled, then went to third on Ben Guez’s double. That would be the final score as Mike Zagurski would end the game by striking out both pinch hitters Ryan Strieby and Scott Sizemore.
Joe Blanton gets the win (1-0, 3.09) as he pitched five strong innings, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out three. Ryan Madson recorded his first spring hold as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit while striking out a batter. J.C. Romero recorded his first spring training hold as he also pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits. David Herndon received his second spring hold as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Mike Zagurski recorded his first spring save as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits, while striking out two. Rick Porcello took the lost (0-1, 4.50), as he pitched three innings, giving up four runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out two. Adam Wilk and Jose Valverde then followed for three scoreless innings, as they together gave up two hits (one hit each) and a walk (Wilk). Duane Below then followed for an inning, giving up a run on one hit, while striking out a batter. Brad Thomas and Ryan Perry then followed with two scoreless innings, giving up no hits between them.
The Phils had nine hits in the game, with Raul Ibanez leading the team with two hits, a single and a double, raising his spring training average to .240. Jimmy Rollins (Single), Placido Polanco (Single), Jeff Larish (Home Run), Delwyn Young (Single), Ross Gload (Single), Brian Schneider (Home Run) and Wilson Valez (Single) had the other seven Phil’s hits, two of which were a three-run home run (Schneider) and a solo shot (Larish). Gload had the other Phil RBI.
The Phils’ Grapefruit League record is now 7-6.
For the first time in fourteen years, the National League All-Stars defeated the American League All-Stars, securing home field advantage during the World Series (I personally think that is a really rotten idea), 3-1.
Thanks in part to the shadows around home plate, as well as some good pitching and defense by both squads, the game remains a 0-0 tie until the bottom of the fifth, when the American League took a 1-0 lead as, with two men on, and with nobody out, Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees hits a sacrifice fly, scoring from third base Evan Longoria of the Tampa Bay Rays, who had earlier walked, and had reached third on Los Angeles Dodgers Hong-Chih Kuo’s throwing error to first on a grounder hit to the third-base side of the mound by Joe Mauer of the Minnesota Twins, who would end up on second on the play. The National League would take the lead in the seventh as, with the bases loaded via singles by Scott Rolen of the Cincinnati Reds and Matt Holliday of the St. Louis Cardinals, sending Rolen to third base, and a walk to Marlon Byrd of the Chicago Cubs, and with two men out, Brain McCann of the Atlanta Braves hits a bases clearing double, scoring Rolen, Holliday and Byrd, giving the National League a 3-1 lead. The National League would hold on to win as Jonathan Broxton of the Dodgers, after giving up a lead-off single to David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox, struck out swinging Adrian Beltre of the Red Sox for out number one, then on a spectacular play by right fielder Byrd, who threw out Ortiz at second, 9-6 on a ball hit into right field by John Buck of the Toronto Blue Jays, turning a base hit into a force out for the inning’s second out, leaving Buck at first base, and then ended the game by getting Ian Kinsler of the Texas Rangers to fly out to center on one pitch.
Brian McCann of the Braves was named the All-Star Game MVP because of his three-run double, giving the NL all of their runs.
Ubaldo Jimenez of the Colorado Rockies pitched two scoreless innings, giving up two hits and a walk, while striking out a batter. Josh Johnson of the Florida Marlons also pitched two scoreless innings, striking out two batters. Hong-Chih Huo pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up an unearned run on a hit and a walk. Heath Bell of the San Diego Padres pitched a third of an inning, getting out the only man that he would face. Roy Halladay of the Philadelphia Phillies pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up two hits, while striking out a batter. Matt Capps of the Washington Nationals would get the win as he pitched a third of an inning, striking out the only batter that he would face. His All-Star Game record is now 1-0 with an 0.00 ERA. Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals collected his first hold as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk, while striking out two. Brian Wilson of the San Francisco Giants also collected his first hold, as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Jonathan Broxton receives his first All-Star Game save as he pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Andy Pettitte of the New York Yankees pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out two. Cliff Lee of the Texas Rangers (nee Seattle Mariners) pitched 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers pitched a scoreless inning, giving up two hits, while striking out two. Jon Lester of the Boston Red Sox received a hold as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Phil Hughes, also of the Yankees, also received a hold before taking the lost as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits. His All-Star Game record is now 0-1 with a 54.00 ERA. Matt Thornton of the Chicago White Sox committed his first All-Star Game blown save as he pitched a third of an inning, giving up a run on one hit and a walk. Andrew Bailey of the Oakland A’s pitched a third of an inning, giving up a walk, while striking out one. Rafael Soriano, also of the Rays, pitched a 1-2-3 inning. Jose Valverde, also of the Tigers, also pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out the side.
The winning National League team had seven hits in the game, with David Wright of the New York Mets leading with two hits, both singles. Scott Rolen of the Reds, Matt Holliday of the Cardinals, Andre Ethier of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Yadier Molina, also of the Cardinals, and Brian McCann of the Braves, had the other five NL hits, with Rolen, Holliday, Ethier and Molina’s hits being singles, and McCann’s hit being a three-run double. The American League team had six hits in the game, with Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees, Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers, Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers, David Ortiz of the Red Sox, Evan Longoria of the Rays and John Buck of the Blue Jays each having a hit, with Jeter, Cabrera, Hamilton and Ortiz hits being singles, while Longoria and Buck’s hits were doubles. The American League’s run came in on a Robinson Cano of the Yankees sacrifice fly. Ryan Howard, who represented the Phils, along with Halladay, went 0 for 2, with a strikeout.
With the win, the National League ends a thirteen-game losing streak, having not won the summer classic since 1996, where it was played in Philadelphia at the now demolished Veterans Stadium (0-12-1). With the win, the National League winner will host the World Series first for the first time since 2002.
Originally posted April 29, 2007:
I left my apartment late this morning, around about 11:50, to get to Citizens Bank Park to see the Marlins-Phillies game. I went to 46th and Market St. to catch the elevated train to go east. Luckily for me, an el train was siiting on the track, waiting for passegers, so I got on it. I sat down in a seat and waited for it to start. It did so after a while and I stayed on it until it reached the 15th Street stop. I then got up, got out of the train and walked down the corridor to catch a Broad Street Subway train heading south. I waited for the train to arrive along with several other people. After the train finally appeared, I got on it and sat down as it headed south towards Pattison Avenue and the South Philly Sports Complex.
A few minutes and several stops later, the train arrived at the Pattison Avenue stop. I got off it and walk to the stairs which led back to the street. As I reached the top step I saw a clock with gave the time of my arrival: 12:23 pm, which meant that I got there before our agreed upon 12:30 meeting time.
After exiting the train stop, I’d walked along Pattison Avenue towards Citizens Bank Park, along with everyone else who was obviously headed towards the game. As I’d walked, I saw Pattison Avenue to my right, with a parking lot placed to my left. While I continued walking, I quickly noticed that I was soon passing a statue. The statue featured a football player who was obviously a defensive player getting ready to tackle a runner, which quickly reminded me that at one time there was another ballpark in the area where the parking lot was now, old Veterans Stadium, where not only the Phillies played, but also the Philadelphia Eagles, who were now playing in Lincoln Financial Field which was across the street from Citizens Bank Park. As I continued walking, I soon approached a Memorial Block which gave a short history of the late Veterans Stadium and the reason for why it was given its name: it was in honor of those who had fallen defending this country by the time the old stadium had opened in April 1971. Almost as soon as I’d walked past it, I’d saw, across Pattison Avenue, the Wachovia Spectrum, where the Sixers and Flyers used to played their games. I’d soon noticed that there was a banner above the entrance which explained that the Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus was presently there. Interesting, I thought. The Circus was in town. Anyway, as I continued walking, I approached another marker, this one giving information on when the Vet opened and who were the city’s Mayor and the state’s Governor at the time of its opening. Soon after that, I’d reached another marker, this one set up by the city’s Historical Commission which gave a short history of the Stadium. A little bit further, and I walked before an old friend from the days of the Vet: A statue which showed an infielder about to catch a baseball as a runner slid into base. Not too long after that, I saw across the street the present home of the Sixers and Flyers, The Wachovia Center and near to that, Lincoln Financial Field. A short time after that I’d walked past the entrance to the parking lot and then soon crossed the street. As I did so, my final destination was finally in my sight: Citizen’s Bank Park.
As I looked at the outside of the park, I’d quickly noticed that I was near the third base side of the park. Since I was told during a phone call last night that we were to meet at the Studio and Club entrance – Home Plate (which was along Pattison Avenue), I’d continued walking on. After a while I’d finally arrived at the entrance. But, I didn’t see my brother, Scott, (who had earlier gone to South Street to trade in his Game Cube and a couple of games he was no longer player for the new Nintendo Wii) or our friend Philip and his family. So, I’d decided to wait for them near the entrance. After a while, I went looking for a pay phone, to call my friend Philip on his cellphone to find out if they might be late. I soon found one and placed .50 into it. After dialing the number, which was set for the Lehigh Valley area, the coins came back. After taking back the change and hearing a greeting (recorded, of course) from Verizon, I was told to deposit .90. At that time, I’d balked, since I needed all of the change I had at the moment. Well, I went back to the entrance and waited again. I was soon joined by my brother, who’d showed up with his new Wii. He’d told me that he’d been waiting for about an hour (he’d left the apartment around 10:30 so that he could get to South Street to go to the store, which opened at 11:00, so that he could get the Wii as it was first comes, first serve.) at the park’s third base side. I told him that we were suppose to be at the home plate side and I then told him that Philip and his family haven’t arrived yet. We waited for a bit, then I told him that I would go to a pay phone and call Philip to find out where he and his family were, which I did. This time, I made the call, and after about two rings, he picked up. Philip told me that they were now in the parking lot and would arrive soon. I’d told him that we would be waiting for them at the agreed place. So, I hung up the phone and rejoined my brother. I told him that Philip and family would be joining us soon. A short time later, Philip and his family arrived: Philip, his father, his mother and his brother. After introductions were made, we were shown our tickets, given them and then we headed for the home plate entrance. As we entered the park, we each had a sticker wrapped around our left wrist, which said on them: Diamond Club * April 29, 2007 * Diamond Club, along with a number. My number was 19230. We then continued on, going into the diamond club to eat lunch.
After ordering our lunch, we were each given a ticket to pick up our meal. I then went and picked up my lunch. Lunch for me consisted of a very thick hamburger, to which I added a piece of lettuce and some ketchup and a sliced pickle, and a cup of Sprite. I later got a second cup of Sprite after I’d finished eating my hamburger and pickle slice, and before we headed out to the stand to go to our seats, along with my brother and Philip.
After we’d asked one of the staffer to tell us where our seats were located, we walked over to our seats which were placed on the third base side of home plate on ground level. Hhhhmmm, smell that real live grass, not like the artificial surface of old Vet Stadium. We then sat down. My seat was seat #4, in the six row of section B. After we’d arrive, we saw the last part of the Phanatic’s birthday celebration. Oh, yeah, I forgot to mention that this was the Phanatic’s birthday? Well, it is. 🙂 Anyway, we then rosed for a moment of silent as we were informed of the death of former Phillies’ and present (late) St. Louis Cardinals’ pitcher, Josh Hancock, who was killed earlier today in a car accident in St. Louis as well as informing us that tonight’s Cubs-Cardinals game was being cancelled in his honor. After that, the national anthem was sung. We were soon joined by Philip’s parents and brother, and started to watch the game. Not too long after that, the game started, with Jamie Moyer (2-1) starting for the Phils.
Moyer ended the inning quickly, getting the Marlins to go down one-two-three. The Phils half of the 1st had them facing the Marlin’s starter, Wes Obermueller (1-0). The first Phils batter he faced, Jimmy Rollins got on base with a single. He then stole second base, the first of four for the Phils, after Shane Victorino had flied out to right. After the steal, Chase Utley stroked a single, which scored Rollins, giving the Phils a quick 1-0 lead. The game then developed into a pitcher’s duel, with Moyer only getting into a bit of trouble in the fourth inning, where he walked Hanley Ramirez on four pitches. I’d thought that was going to lead into trouble. Instead, Dan Uggla, the next Marlins’ batter, grounded into a fielder’s choice while removed Ramirez. Then I saw what have to be one of the most boneheaded running plays that I have ever watched since I’d stated watching baseball late in 1969. The batter, Miguel Cabrera hit a deep fly ball into left field, with Uggla running hard as soon as the ball was hit, obviously expecting it to drop in for a hit. Instead, the Phils left fielder, Jayson Werth, caught the ball, then threw the ball to the shortstop, Rollins, who then threw it to Ryan Howard to double up Uggla. And where was Uggla during all of this? Stuck between second and third, realizing that he’d messed up, which happily help get Moyer out of the inning. In the meantime, Obermueller gave up only one more hit to the Phils until he started the bottom of the sixth.
The Phils half of the sixth started off with Rollins getting another single. Victorino then foul out. A short time after that, Rollins stole second. The Marlins’ catcher, Matt Treanor, after catching Obermueller’s pitch on one hop, got up and threw the ball to second. The throw short hop under the glove of the Marlin’s fielder covering second and went into center field. Rollins went to third on the catcher’s error. This was then followed by Utley getting a walk. Unfortunately, Ryan Howard then struck out for the second out of the inning. The next player, Aaron Rowand was then hit on the shoulder, loading up the bases for Werth. Werth got up and hit a single, which scored both Rollins and Utley, and had Rowand ending up on second. The next batter, Abraham Nunez, was then walked, reloading the bases. That was enough for Florida’s manager, Fredi Gonzalez, who came out and took out Obermueller, replacing him with Kevin Gregg. The first batter Gregg met, Carlos Ruiz, then flied out to center, ending the inning, but the Phils gave Moyer a 3-0 lead.
In the top of the 7th, Moyer had a no hitter going, and continued it by getting out Ramirez and Uggla, but the next batter, Cabrera hit a double, thus ending Moyer’s no-hitter attempt. After the hit, me and most of the other fans stood up and gave Moyer a standing ovation for his efforts. With the no-hitter gone, Moyer got the next batter, Josh Willingham, to lined out, ending the inning.
During the bottom of the seventh, Philip’s father suggested that I get myself a new cap to replace the dirty one that I’d owned for several years, soon giving me one of the tickets. Before I continue tghe story, I need to explain this. Each of the tickets, which costs $100, have a voucher of $30, so that you can buy anything with it until you hit the full $30. Anyway, I asked where the concession stand was located. After being told, off I went, going back into the Diamond Club. After I’d reached the stand, I had a short talk with the person who was running the stand at the time, a very nice lady, who pointed out what each of the caps they were selling cost. I told her that I wanted a full cap, which cost $28. But, when she scanned the voucher, it was quickly discovered that it had only over $15 left on it. So, I went to see if I could get one of the other tickets to see if there was enough left on any of them so that I can get the cap. Well, on the way back, I was met by my brother and Philip, who were carrying with them two or three of the other tickets. After explaining the situation to them, we went back to the concession stand, and after she was down with another customer, we gave her two of the tickets. Turns out there was enough on the second one for me to get the hat. So, I got it, took back the two tickets and the receipt and quickly threw away the old hat. But, before we left, my brother decided to get one of the adjustable $15 caps from, and we found out that there was enough on that second ticket and on the third one to get it for him. We three then went back to our seats, where I thanked Philip’s dad for the suggestion and then we all went back to watching the game.
Anyway, after sitting back down, we watched the rest of the Phils’ seventh inning and then watched the Marlins half of the eighth. Moyer unfortunately started it off by walking Aaron Boone. He then struck out Cody Ross, but then gave up a single to Joe Borchard, with Aaron stopping at second. The Phils’ manager, Charlie Manuel, then came out, relieving Moyer with Brett Myers. Moyer was then given another standing ovation from the fans. After Myers had finished warming up, he proceeded to strike out, Miguel Olivo and Mike Jacobs, both of them pinch hitters.
Now, in the Phils half of the 8th, it started out with Howard getting a single. Rowand followed it by fouling out, and then Werth struck out swinging but then Nunez got a single, which moved Howard to second. Ruiz then followed that with a walk, loading the bases. Greg Dobbs then came up to pinch hit for Myers. He soon stroke a double to deep center field, which cleared the bases, giving the Phils a 6-0 lead. Rollins then came up, and stroke out, ending the inning.
Antonio Alfonseca came in to pitch the ninth, since the Phils’ eruption in the 8th ended a possible save opportunity for the team’s closer, Tom ‘Flash’ Gordon. Alfonseca then gave up a double to Ramirez. He then got Uggla to fly out, but Ramirez went to third on the play. The next batter, Cabrera struck out, but Willingham then got a double, scoring Ramirez, and giving the Marlins a run, making the score 6-1, ending the shut out. But Boone followed it with a fly out to center ending the game with a 6-1 Phillies win. The game’s winner, Moyer is now 3-1 while the loser, Obermueller fell to 1-1. Attendence for the day was 45,107, the highest this season and the fifth highest since the park opened a few years ago. The Phils are now tied for third with the Marlins, trailing the Braves and Mets who were both tied for first place in the Eastern Division of the National League.
After watching the player’s celebration for a while, we all went back into the Diamond Club. In the Club, Philip told us he had a video tape to give to Scott. We left the park and then followed him to the parking lot, needing to cross another street, to get to his father’s car and the tape. After getting the tape, we thank Philip’s father for the ticket and after saying goodbye to them, we headed back to get to the Broad Street Subway entrance. On the way back, going along Pattison Avenue, I saw the statue that had been dedicated to Mike Schmidt, Hall of Famer and one of the best players in Phillies’ history.
After passing all of the statues and markers that I’d saw earlier, we went back to the subway and caught a waiting train. We got off it at Walnut-Locust and then got out near Walnut Street. We walked over to Walnut Street and waited for the 21 bus to appear to take us back to our apartment. After a while, we got a 21, and took it down Walnut until it stop at 47th Street. We got out of the bus, crossed the street, went into out apartment building and into then our room, happy.
The main reason for this is because the first time we had gone to Veterans Stadium, with our dad when we were little kids, it didn’t end as well. Our first game at a ballpark, which was on June 4, 1972, the Phils fell to the then Big Red Machine Cincinnati Reds, 2-0. The Reds winning pitcher was Jack Billingham (3-6), while Bill Champion (3-3) lost the game, with Clay Carroll getting his tenth save at that time.