NOT THIS KIND OF COMEBACK. PHILS WIN 8-7 IN EXTRAS
Well it’s official, I’m not a Jinx. So after the first inning it was 5-0 in favor of the Gnats and i was definitely on suicide watch. Grandpa Moyer was NOT on his A game and was struggling early and often. Chris Coste was the first to get the Phils on the board by hitting a solo shot to left field. Coste continues to give me reasons to buy his authentic jersey this year. His first start and he goes 2 for 4 with a home run. Anyway thew Gnats would get that run back the next inning and my confidence was fading but I refused to leave like the other rich folk and fair-weather dick heads. Then came the amazing nay, magical 6th inning. I am just going to post the play-by-play from mlb.com’s live box score because it really is astounding.
B:1 S:1 O:1 – Shane Victorino grounds out to first baseman Aaron Boone.
B:3 S:1 O:1 – Chase Utley singles on a sharp line drive to right fielder Austin Kearns.
B:1 S:1 O:1 – Ryan Howard singles on a line drive to right fielder Austin Kearns. Chase Utley to 2nd.
B:1 S:1 O:1 – Pat Burrell singles on a line drive to left fielder Felipe Lopez. Chase Utley scores. Ryan Howard to 3rd.
B:1 S:1 O:1 – Coaching visit to mound.
B:3 S:2 O:1 – Geoff Jenkins singles on a ground ball to right fielder Austin Kearns. Ryan Howard scores. Pat Burrell to 2nd.
B:0 S:0 O:1 – Pitcher Change: Saul Rivera replaces Jason Bergmann, batting 9th.
B:1 S:0 O:1 – With Pedro Feliz batting, wild pitch by Saul Rivera, Pat Burrell to 3rd. Geoff Jenkins to 2nd.
B:1 S:0 O:1 – Pedro Feliz singles on a ground ball to center fielder Lastings Milledge. Pat Burrell scores. Geoff Jenkins scores.
B:2 S:2 O:1 – Chris Coste singles on a ground ball to right fielder Austin Kearns. Pedro Feliz to 2nd.
B:0 S:0 O:1 – Offensive Substitution: Pinch hitter Greg Dobbs replaces Rudy Seanez.
B:2 S:2 O:1 – Greg Dobbs singles on a line drive to left fielder Felipe Lopez. Pedro Feliz scores. Chris Coste to 2nd.
B:0 S:0 O:1 – Pitcher Change: Ray King replaces Saul Rivera, batting 9th.
B:0 S:0 O:1 – Jimmy Rollins hit by pitch. Chris Coste to 3rd. Greg Dobbs to 2nd.
B:1 S:0 O:1 – Shane Victorino singles on a line drive to right fielder Austin Kearns. Chris Coste scores. Greg Dobbs to 3rd. Jimmy Rollins to 2nd.
B:1 S:1 O:3 – Chase Utley grounds into double play, first baseman Aaron Boone to catcher Jesus Flores to first baseman Aaron Boone. Greg Dobbs out at home.
Damn…that is hot. Now I must explain how this all got started. Wile we were losing 6-1 my friend Rob and I went to Bull’s BBQ to grab a pulled pork sandwhich. When we got back and devoured them like slobs I noticed a stain on his white hoodie. I noticed it in the top of the 6th inning and told him “watch, that is the rally stain” and thus the rally stain was born and did its job. Sounds crazy and stupid maybe immature but hey whatever works right? So we are now 1-2 and I say that if we were gonna win one game out of this series it is best that it was the last game, giving the boys momentum into the next series. Now during the 10th Jimmy Rollins made a play that defines “heads up play” it was sheer beauty. On a Vic sac bunt Rollins trucked 180 feet from first to third, not something you see every day people, MVP? maybe. Table setter? Definitely. Gordon pitched a WILD, yet scoreless 9th so I’ll leave him alone. Greg Dobbs had the quote of the night:
“We’re trying to get the offense firing and it helps when you can have an outburst like that,” said Greg Dobbs, who had the seventh of seven straight singles. “We know our offense is capable of outbursts like that. It could’ve been easy to fold up the tent [after being down], get on the plane and turn it around in Cincinnati. But that’s not this ballclub.”
Pardon me if I am way too optimistic right now but this win felt great. Really great
Brad Lidge did his final rehabilitation start today in Class-A Clearwater. He was a little shaky giving up 2 hits, one a homer, and a walk, but with2 Ks. I’m not even concerned he struggled a little bit because anything looks better than “Trash” Gordon right now. Also I’m still sticking with Lidge having a big year, as well as CLay Condrey, which most have called me crazy for but I have good reason. All his ERs basically came in a rough stretch of 3 outings last year but we were getting blown out to begin with. When Condrey was in when the game mattered he thrived and had an ERA of 1.10 so I think he has a really good year this year and so far he has proved me right.
FINALLY THE GNATS GO BUZZING OUT OF PHILADELPHIA. GOOD RIDDANCE.