Saturday, May 30, 2009

2008 Topps #100 Ryan Howard

475 feet! That's how far Ryan Howard's 3rd inning grand slam travelled tonight before landing in the first row of the third deck at Citizens Bank Park. The slam was Ryan's 3rd of the year and the 8th of his career, breaking Mike Schmidt's all-time Phillies record.

Behind Ryan's 5 RBI (and the Nationals' 3 errors), the Phils were able to win the game, 9-6. Cole Hamels struggled at times, seeming to disagree with the home plate umpire's small strike zone throughout his 6 innings in the game. Brad Lidge, helped out by a spectacular double play from Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins, pitched to 3 batters in the 9th to clinch his 11th save.

And this was just announced on Phillies Post Game Live: Antonio Bastardo is taking Brett Myers' spot in the rotation, and will start against the Padres on Tuesday night. Antonio will be card #38 in the 2009 Chachi set.


capewood said...

I can't believe that Hamels gave up 6 runs but got the win. I also can't believe that Howard has 8 grand slams. I've been living in Houston since 1995 and got to watch another great home run hitter, Jeff Bagwell play. I think he only ever hit 1 grand slam and it came late in his career.

Dan said...

The grand slam looked like it would have traveled forever if there weren't an upper deck in the way.

Jim said...

Capewood - They threw out a stat during the game that Ryan Howard hit his grand slams in less than half the number of games it took Schmidt to do it . . . Dan - It was a sight to behold!