Tuesday, June 29, 2010

2010 Topps Phillies #PHI14 Raul Ibañez

Phillies 9, Reds 6 (10 Innings)
Game 75 - Tuesday Night, June 29th in Cincinnati

The bad news? The Phillies placed the left side of their infield on the DL this afternoon, losing both Placido Polanco (elbow) and Chase Utley (sprained thumb) to injuries. The good news? For one, Greg Dobbs is back. The other bit of good news? Brian Schneider and Wilson Valdez each hit 3-run home runs tonight to lead the team over the Reds. Joe Blanton managed to lower his ERA to 6.19, pitching into the 8th inning and allowing 3 runs on 8 hits and a couple of walks.

Schneider enjoyed a 3-hit game, his second 3-hit game this season. Valdez hit his 3rd home run of the season right after I finished complaining to Jenna that, "All this guy does is hit weak ground outs." Brad Lidge shut down the Reds in the 9th for his 6th save in 7 opportunities. Even with 7 players on the DL (Utley, Polanco, Carlos Ruiz, Ryan Madson, J.A. Happ, Chad Durbin and Antonio Bastardo), the Phils still found a way to win.

Oh bugger it all. Lidge blew another one. With 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th, Joey Votto hit his own 3-run home run and tied up the ballgame. Immediately after Charlie Manuel blew his fuse and got tossed in the 10th for arguing balls and strikes from the dugout, Raul Ibañez hit a clutch double to right-center to score Howard. The hit came off the formerly unhittable Arthur Rhodes, who entered the game with a 0.28 ERA.  The Phils scored a few more runs in the 10th, J.C. Romero came in to save the game (his 3rd), and the Phils still found a way to win.

Phillies Scouting Yankees-Mariners Series: I usually don't copy and paste things verbatim from other sources, but I believe this little blurb merits copy and paste status (from Todd Zolecki's Phillies Beat):

The Phillies are in the market for starting pitching, and they had a scout at Tuesday's game between the Yankees and Mariners at Yankee Stadium in New York, where Mariners left-hander Cliff Lee was pitching.

The Phillies traded Lee to the Mariners in December following the Roy Halladay trade because they said they needed prospects to replenish the farm system. It is believed the Phillies do not have enough Minor League talent to re-acquire Lee, but they could be covering their bases if they feel they can make a move.

Great googly moogly.

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