Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Game 118 - Leaving San Francisco with a Loss

Giants 9Phillies 6
Game 118 - Sunday Night, August 11th in San Francisco
Record - 60-58, 4th place, 9 games behind the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  Jake Arrieta was roughed up and Nick Pivetta couldn't keep the Giants off the scoreboard as the Phillies lost late, 9-6.

What It Means:  The offense actually battled, but the bullpen couldn't do its job in the late innings.  After a Monday off day, the Phillies open a three-game series with the Cubs with new hitting coach (!) Charlie Manuel.

What Happened:  Arrieta departed after three innings, having allowed five runs on seven hits.  The Phillies had battled back to tie the game at 6-6, but Pivetta was hit hard in the eighth inning, allowing three runs to score on three hits.  Bryce Harper had two more RBIs and Cesar Hernandez collected three hits.

Featured Card/Field Report:  Our last full day in San Francisco, we spent the morning in Muir Woods, one of the most beautiful and serene places I've ever visited.  After hamburgers in Sausalito, we walked to Oracle Park one last time hoping the Phillies could split the series.  They couldn't.

We were in Section 102 for this game, again behind the Phillies bullpen, so we got to see quite a few Phillies relievers warming up.  Despite the losing series, we had a great time in San Francisco and with the release of the 2020 Phillies schedule we've turned our attention towards figuring out where we should head next.

Here's an updated list of my ballpark visit list, and I now have 12 to go for the stadiums still active:

Team - Ballpark (First Game Visited) 
1.  Baltimore Orioles - Oriole Park at Camden Yards (5/23/1992)
2.  Colorado Rockies - Coors Field (5/29/2000)
3.  Pittsburgh Pirates - PNC Park (7/2001)
4.  Cleveland Indians - Progressive Field (8/2001)
5.  Chicago White Sox - Guaranteed Rate Field (9/17/2002)
6.  Kansas City Royals - Kauffman Stadium (9/26/2002)
7.  Chicago Cubs - Wrigley Field (9/28/2002)
8.  Detroit Tigers - Comerica Park (8/9/2003)
9.  Cincinnati Reds - Great American Ballpark (8/12/2003)
10.  Philadelphia Phillies - Citizens Bank Park (4/12/2004)
11.  Tampa Bay Rays - Tropicana Field (4/16/2006)
12.  Los Angeles Dodgers - Dodger Stadium (4/20/2011)
13.  Boston Red Sox - Fenway Park (8/16/2014)
14.  Washington Nationals - Nationals Park (8/24/2016)
15.  Atlanta Braves - SunTrust Park (5/17/2018)*
16.  San Diego Padres - Petco Park (6/30/2018)
17.  Arizona Diamondbacks - Chase Field (7/2/2018)
18.  San Francisco Giants - Oracle Park (8/8/2019)

Crossed off the list, now inactive:

1.  Philadelphia Phillies - Veterans Stadium (7/15/1979)
2.  Atlanta Braves - Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium (8/1/1995)
3.  St. Louis Cardinals - Busch Stadium I (9/27/2002)
4.  Montreal Expos - Olympic Stadium (9/25/2004)
5.  New York Yankees - Yankee Stadium I (8/14/2005)
6.  Washington Nationals - RFK Stadium (10/2/2005)

*Game rained out, but I’m counting it since a hot dog and beer were purchased and I waited through the 2 1/2 hour rain delay.


Steve F. said...

I went to Muir Woods once and loved it. My wife's then-90-year-old grandmother was along for the visit and enjoyed hiking through there as well.

As for your list, if you can get to The Ballpark at Arlington yet this year, go for it since it is being retired after just 26 seasons. It will be demolished although it is newer than Camden Yards and the same age as Jacobs Field in Cleveland (now Progressive Field). Sad.

Jim said...

We won't make it to Arlington this year, but I noticed the Phillies visit the new Rangers ballpark in mid-August next season. That could definitely be a possible destination for us.

Jim from Downingtown said...

Wow! You've been to a lot of parks. It's surprising that the new Mets and Yankees parks are not on the list, given the distance of most others.