Phillies 5, Marlins 3
Game 36 - Wednesday Night, May 11th in Miami
One Sentence Summary: The Phillies offense was dead through the first six innings before scoring five times in the last three frames and winning the game, 5-3.
What It Means: After the bottom of the sixth, with the Marlins up 3-0, it appeared as if the Phillies would leave Miami having lost their last two series against N.L. East rivals. However, they pulled out the win to improve their record to 24-12 and increase their lead in the division to three games over the Marlins. There's an off-day today before the weekend series with the Braves in Atlanta.
What Went Right: The Phils decided to come to life in the seventh. Raul Ibanez doubled and came home on Pete Orr's RBI-double. A few batters later, pinch-hitter Ross Gload grounded out, bringing home Dane Sardinha, who had reached on first baseman Gaby Sanchez' error. The Phillies tied it up in the eighth thanks to Shane Victorino's bullet of a home run over the left field wall.
In the ninth, Jimmy Rollins singled home Sardinha and Orr, who had singled and doubled, respectively, to reach earlier in the inning. Ryan Madson pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his fifth save.
|2011 Just Fair '11 Cliff Lee|
What Went Wrong: The Phils had a chance to score in the fourth when Cliff Lee lined a single off second baseman Omar Infante. But Brian Schneider, who had reached on a double, blew a tire rounding third and had to hobble back to the base. (The word is that he pulled a hamstring. It's a good thing Carlos Ruiz is expected to be activated on Friday.)
Before Orr's pinch-hit, RBI-double in the seventh, the Phillies had not scored while Lee was on the mound in 27 innings.
Featured Card: Following the game, I was determined to feature a Pete Orr baseball card in the game summary post. Problem was, other than Orr's 2011 Chachi card, which I've already posted, I don't own (in reality or virtually) any other cards of the guy.
As I was lamenting this fact, I began going through the unread posts via my Google Reader subscriptions and I noticed A Hair Off Square was going gangbusters last night with his Just Fair '11 creations. The light bulb went off and I contacted the proprietor of that blog to see if he could help me out. What you see at the top of this post in his custom Pete Orr card, which as far as I know, is Orr's second virtual 2011 baseball card. Hopefully he ends up with a "real" baseball card at some point this year.
Please check out A Hair Off Square for more Just Fair '11 cards as well as his History of Joakim Soria cards, as told through 61 years of Topps baseball card designs. You won't be disappointed.