Game 11 - Saturday Night, April 12th in Philadelphia
Record - 5-6, Tied for 3rd Place, 2 games behind the Braves and Nationals
One Sentence Summary: Jimmy Rollins gave the Phillies a 5-4 win in 10 innings with a walk-off home run.
What It Means: The Phillies have looked good the past two games and they'll go for the series sweep this afternoon with Kyle Kendrick on the hill.
What Happened: Rollins' heroics wouldn't have been needed if the Phillies were able to contain Giancarlo Stanton. Stanton hit a monster home run to Ashburn Alley in the fifth and then tied up the score at 4-4 with a two-run home run in the seventh. A pair of RBI-doubles from Chase Utley and RBI singles from Rollins and Ryan Howard gave the Phillies their first four runs.
Featured Cards/Field Report: I attended this game with my seven-year-old son Doug and I can say with absolutely no shame that we left in the eighth inning because the little guy was just too dang tired. Prior to the game, we walked around the concourse and met up with Phillies Room favorite Rheal Cormier. Cormier was signing autographs and he was kind enough to pose for a picture with Doug. The former lefty reliever was on hand to throw out the ceremonial first pitch as part of the ongoing ten-year anniversary celebration of Citizens Bank Park.
What's interesting about the card Cormier was signing is that it's in the same style as other Phillies Alumni cards, but the copyright on the back is 2014. This is truly an unchecklisted set at this point, and the Phillies clearly just print these cards up whenever the need arises for one of their returning alumni.
Doug and I also picked up the team issued postcard set (one for him and one for me) and the Topps Phillies retail set (again, one for each of us). I was thankful to find a Bobby Abreu card in my team issued set as early reports indicated these cards had already been pulled from the set. (And thank you to reader Brad who had graciously volunteered to send me his Abreu card. I'm good to go now, Brad!)
The Phillies are off to a 1-0 start in games I've attended this year.
|Doug and Rheal Cormier|