Thursday, August 19, 2010
2007 Topps Heritage #387 Aaron Rowand
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.