|2014 Brandt Lakewood |
Game 129 - Saturday Night, August 23rd in Philadelphia
Record - 57-72, 5th Place, 17 1/2 games behind the Nationals
One Sentence Summary: The Phils fell in extra innings to the Cardinals, 6-5, after Marlon Byrd's big two-run single in the eighth tied up the game.
What It Means: It means these losses are getting increasingly frustrating, and at least two Phillies (starting pitcher David Buchanan and left fielder Domonic Brown) were critical of manager Ryne Sandberg following the ballgame after both players deemed they were removed from the game prematurely.
What Happened: Brown botched a couple of balls badly in the sixth, ultimately leading to three runs. Buchanan was chased after five having thrown 90 pitches and allowed two runs on eight hits. Daniel Descalso scored the Cardinals winning run in the 12th after Ken Giles began the inning by walking him. Descalso came in to score on a Matt Carpenter sacrifice fly.
|2014 Brandt Lakewood BlueClaws #3, #29, #31 and #4|
He got autographs from BlueClaws home run leader (and Phillies top prospect) Dylan Cozens along with catcher Willians Astudillo. He also got autographs from former big leaguers Gregg Legg and Les Lancaster, both of whom were ejected in this game for arguing balls and strikes.
Our youngest son Ben was the recipient of a baseball when BlueClaws starting pitcher Ranfi Casimiro finished his pre-game warm-up, walked over to Ben and handed him his ball. I wanted to include Casimiro's card in this post because his generosity was such an awesome gesture. There were a ton of kids seeking autographs (and demanding baseballs) in our section and Casimiro made it a point to walk over to the youngest, quietest kid and hand him a ball. Ben went to bed clutching both the baseball and his new BlueClaws giant foam finger.
It was a great night of baseball along with a fun night for our family, and we'll be back for another game (or two) in 2015.
2013 BlueClaws Game