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Game 70 - Wednesday Night, June 20th in Philadelphia
Record - 33-37, 5th Place, 8 games behind the Nationals
One Sentence Summary: The Phillies lucked into a walk-off win, overcoming the Rockies in the ninth and winning the ballgame, 7-6.
What It Means: I'll take it.
What Went Right: The Rockies kept taking the lead, and the Phillies kept battling back. Despite Joe Blanton's and Jonathan Papelbon's best efforts to hand this one to the Rockies, the Phillies managed to pull off the win. Prior to the dramatic ninth inning, the big hit for the Phillies was a three-run home run from Michael Martinez.
Featured Cards: I couldn't decide which player deserved the featured card in this post, so I went with three mini cards. Ty Wigginton started the Phils rally in the ninth with a two-out single and Hunter Pence doubled him home to tie the score at 6-6. After Carlos Ruiz was intentionally walked, Shane Victorino reached on an infield single and Placido Polanco reached on an error by Todd Helton, allowing Pence to come home with the winning run.
Field Report: It was ridiculously hot at the ballpark tonight. Game-time temperature was 95 degrees and Jenna and I decided to forgo actually sitting in our seats and at least find a place to watch the game where there was a slight breeze. After having dinner at Harry the K's, we ended up finding a nice spot to view the game from the rooftop porch. So instead of sweltering in our seats (and sitting, of course), we opted to enjoy the breeze above Ashburn Alley and stand. Surprisingly enough, it was an enjoyable way to watch the ballgame. The Phillies are now 3-4 in games I've attended this year.
Of importance to fellow collectors of the Phillies team-issued sets: An employee manning the Newstand in Ashburn Alley told me he expects the Second Edition of the postcard-sized cards to be available for sale following the All-Star break.