Seven in a row
The season’s third sellout was on hand as the Phillies won their seventh straight, their longest winning streak in three years. More than 8,500 tickets out of 44,042 were sold yesterday.
The win moved the Phillies two games over .500. They didn’t do that last year until June 4 (29-27)
Barry Bonds received a similar fan reception as Friday night but remains at 712 career homers. In four at bats, he walked, grounded into a double play, flied to left and singled to left in the eighth. Steve Finley followed with a grounder toward Ryan Howard. Bonds jumped to get out of the way but was hit by the batted ball for the first out.
When Bonds bats, the Phillies put on a shift, moving SS Jimmy Rollins to the right side of second base with 3B David Bell stationed at shortstop. Twice Bonds grounded into unusual double plays, 3-5-4 on Friday night and 6-5-3 tonight.
The Phillies were out-hit, 11-6, but they turned four double plays, three behind winner Ryan Madson. Chase Utley had two of the hits, a homer and an RBI double. It was the first homer he has hit this season with no one on base.
Carlos Ruiz made his major league debut behind the plate for the Phillies. Randy Winn singled to start the game but was gunned down by Ruiz trying to steal second base. “He’s got a great arm. That play probably settled him down, got rid of the butterflies,” said Charlie Manuel post-game.
The series ends with an ESPN Sunday Night telecast, 8:05 game time. ESPN will use 20 cameras, including sky-cam. The network crew totals 97 persons plus four voices, Jon Miller, Joe Morgan, Peter Gammons and Sam Ryan.
The advance sale for the game is 31,500, meaning plenty of good seats are available for perhaps Bonds’ last game ever in Philadelphia.
Friday note: The four homers by the right side of the Phillies infield (Utley 2, Ryan Howard 2), was the first for the Phillies since June 8, 1989, when 1B Von Hayes and 2B Steve Jeltz each hit a pair. Jeltz became the first Phillies player ever to homer from each side of the plate in the same game. The only other time it happened in Phillies history was July 13, 1896 when 1B Ed Delahanty hit 4.