Thursday, August 19, 2010

2007 Topps Heritage #387 Aaron Rowand

Giants 5, Phillies 2
Game 120 - Thursday Night, August 19th in Philadelphia

The Phils had gone 20-5 in their previous 25 games, so I guess they were just about due for a stinker.  Cole Hamels, who had recently been untouchable, was touched for 3 runs in the top of the 1st and the Giants never looked back.  Hamels' night was over after allowing 5 runs in 5 shaky innings and the Phils turned to seldom used long-man David Herndon to try to save the bullpen.  Herndon pitched 3 innings of shutout ball to keep the Phils in the game, but Giants' starter Jonathan Sanchez just kept shutting them down.  Sanchez allowed only 2 Phillies' hits in his 8 innings of work.

Giants' center fielder Aaron Rowand went 0 for 4, but he made an impressive running catch in the 4th.  Unlike a few years ago, Rowand didn't have to run face-first into the Citizens Bank Park wall in order to make the catch.

The Phillies avoided a shutout when Mike Sweeney hit a 2-run double in the bottom of the 9th.  The team will try to regroup with a 3-game series this weekend against Stephen Strasburg and the last place Nationals.

100 Straight:  Tonight marked the 100th consecutive sell out at Citizens Bank Park.  Manager Charlie Manuel addressed the masses before the game, thanking the fans in attendance for their support.

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