Turning the Tables

August 6, 2007

On Saturday night, the Brewers took advantage of a couple of infield hits and a Phillies miscue to rally for an improbable win.  Corey Hart took a home run away from Tadahito Iguchi in the top of the ninth with a leaping catch above the right field wall.  It would have tied the game.

Yesterday, the tables were reversed as the Phillies scored five in the top of the ninth to tie and then won in 11, 8-6.  An infield hit, a couple of miscues and a hit batter were part of the ninth. In the last of the 11th, Aaron Rowand’s leaping catch robbed Ryan Braun of a solo home run.

Baseball can be a strange game.  At times, it helps to be lucky.  The Phillies were unlucky on Saturday night and lucky yesterday.

The Phillies record for runs in the ninth inning: 10, first set at Cleveland, first game, on July 4, 1891 and tied against the Marlins two years ago, September 17 . . . When trailing after eight, the Phillies are now 2-45 . . . When scoring three or more runs (57-25) . . . Pat Burrell has a 14-game hitting streak; he’s reached base in 28 consecutive starts.

Attendance Notes
Phillies will top two million in attendance tomorrow night for the fifth straight year. It marks the 18th time they have surpassed two mill, all coming in the last 31 years.    Yes, 1976 was the first year over two (2,480,150).

One hundred years ago, the Phillies drew 341,216 at Baker Bowl.  The team was third, 83-64.

Plenty of tickets are available for the Marlins series that starts tomorrow night.  Tickets are also available for Friday night’s Braves game and the Wall of Fame induction ceremonies.  Both Saturday night and Sunday night could be sell outs.

Moyer Charity Event
While it is a day off for most of the team, Jamie and Karen Moyer and some of his teammates will be participating in a “Philly Celebrity Waiters Dinner & Auction” tonight in the Diamond Club.

Proceeds benefit Camp Erin Philly and the Moyer Foundation’s initiative, bereavement camps for children grieving the loss of a loved one. 

Jamie will open the series tomorrow night against the Marlins, who will start a 22-year-old rookie, Rick Vanden Hurk, from the Netherlands.  Moyer was in his second pro season pitching for Winston-Salem when Vanden Hurk was born in 1985.

Savery Update
Joe Savery, the Phillies’ no. l pick in June’s draft, made his pro debut last night at home against Batavia.

The lefty threw three scoreless innings as a starter.  He was on a pitch count (40) as he hadn’t pitched since the College World Series in June.  His next start is scheduled for Friday and he could throw 60-65 pitches.

Pitching coach Bill Bliss: “Showed maturity and mound presence with calm outing.  FB showed plus velocity and deception.  Breaking ball was on the slurvy side but with tight rotation.  Change-up showed plus potential with good arm speed.”

1 Comment

It was a crazy weekend. Yesterday’s rally was pretty big and made up for Saturday’s implosion. The bullpen came up big yesterday. It would be great if they could keep it up.


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