Our summer has been slightly more jam packed that our typical summers due to sports, camps, vacations and other fun activities, but we were determined to make it to Lakewood for the fifth year in a row to enjoy a BlueClaws game. As accommodating as the BlueClaws players have been in the past when it comes to signing autographs, they were even more so last night. Doug came away with nine player autographs, including two from the Phillies last two top draft picks - Mickey Moniak and Adam Haseley. Haseley signed Doug's mini BlueClaws bat, which is now being proudly displayed in his bedroom.
At one point, a gaggle of BlueClaws players congregated around a bunch of autograph-seeking kids, helping the kids to find their cards within the BlueClaws team set. Some of the players were quick to point out that they hadn't made it into the team set. When the flurry of signing was over, Doug had added autographs from Colby Fitch, Bailey Falter, Darick Hall, Casey Brown, Jonathan Hennigan, Haseley, Moniak, Gustavo Armas and Daniel Brito.
Our youngest son Ben added a few autographs to his collection (including Moniak's) but he was more interested in the playground in left field than autograph seeking. He was also happy to pose for a picture with Sparky from the Brick, NJ Fire Department. As usual, we had a blast and we can't wait to return next season!
The BlueClaws prevailed in this game over the Delmarva Shorebirds, 4-3 in 11 innings, thanks to an Austin Listi walk-off single. Haseley had hit a three-run home run, his first with the BlueClaws, to give the team a 3-1 lead in the eighth.
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Meanwhile, in San Francisco . . .
Phillies 12, Giants 9
Game 121 - Saturday Night, August 19th in San Francisco
Record - 44-77, 5th place, 29 games behind the Nationals
One Sentence Summary: The offense, capped by a pinch-hit grand slam from Ty Kelly and a three-run home run from Rhys Hoskins, unexpectedly exploded and the Phillies held on to win this game, 12-9.
What It Means: The six game losing streak is over and the Phillies are now 1-11 in games played in California this season.
What Happened: Also adding unexpected RBIs were Cameron Perkins and Pedro Florimon. Perkins had an adventure in this game in the outfield that included kicking a Denard Span hit that led to the official scorer giving Span an inside the park home run on the first pitch of the game. Kelly's pinch-hit grand slam was the first by a Phillies pinch-hitter since Hector Luna did it on May 16, 2012.