Doug requested a picnic dinner tonight, so that meant we were grilling and eating outside on our back patio. As we were dining on the perfectly grilled Italian sausages with just the right amount of grilled red peppers and onions, perfectly plated I might add, we had the radio tuned to the Phillies game. The Phils were down 4-3 when they loaded the bases for J-Roll.
Jimmy's second career grand slam cleared the fence, and our little family loudly cheered and waved and shouted "Go Phillies!," thrilled with the sudden 7-4 lead in the game. Somewhere a dog barked. The next batter, Shane Victorino, followed up with a solo home run and the entire unabashed celebration began again . . .
The Phillies ultimately won the game, 14-6, following the further pounding of the Cardinals' bullpen. Shane finished the game with 4 hits, and Jimmy knocked in a career high 5 runs. Rodrigo Lopez improved his record to 3-0, pitching six solid innings. The Phils are once again 15 games above .500, with a 6 game lead over the Marlins as of this writing.