Iguchi vs. Lefty
August 29, 2007
Rollins, ss; Iguchi, 2b; Burrell, lf; Howard, 1b; Rowand, cf; Werth, rf; Ruiz, c; Moyer, p.
Chase Utley is out of the lineup, something Charlie Manuel mentioned this past weekend, resting him on occasion, especially with a lefty on the mound. Tenderness and strength of Chase’s right hand is something that will be monitored the rest of the season.
378 feet . . . 45 feet . . . 396 feet.
That’s how the Phillies took game two of this huge four-game series with the Mets last night. Once nemesis Tom Glavine left the game (seven shutout innings) Jimmy Rollins got the Phillies on the scoreboard with a solo home run into the left field stands in the eighth.
Shane Victorino ran for Pat Burrell, stole second, advanced to third on the catcher’s throwing error and scored when Aaron Rowand’s swinging bunt stayed fair, a 45-foot grounder that looks like a line drive in the box score. When a team is going good, lady luck is there.
Then, the big man, Ryan Howard, went the opposite way, an estimated 396-foot walk-off home run in the last of the tenth. Ryan looks like a different hitter these two games, more patient, seeing the ball better and getting good cuts that have resulted in a lot of hard-hit balls, some base hits and some outs. We’ll certainly take a hot Howard bat.
Also encouraging was Adam Eaton’s outing. If he pitches that way the rest of the season, the Phillies will be in good shape. Eaton got the staff’s 44th hit with a single to left. The Phillies pitchers, who were pitiful a year ago, now have the most hits in the NL. Great work by the coaching staff.
Tonight, we need to get Jamie Moyer back on track again. Having lost two in a row, is this a must game for the Mets? Every game from here out is a must game for a lot of teams.
It was great hearing the fans chant, “Let’s go Phillies”, rather than “Let’s Go Mets.”
Tickets are available for tonight and tomorrow afternoon but they are going quickly. There’s a real buzz in the air.
“In many ways, it is stunning that Philadelphia even remains in the hunt for October. Only the players’ resilience and the manager’s composure have given the Phillies a chance to reach the playoffs for the first since 1993 despite often resembling a MASH unit instead of a baseball team,” Jere Longman, New York Times.
In case your are curious, the four pitchers with the most career wins against the Phillies (since 1957), courtesy of STATS, Inc.
Bob Gibson 30-12
Greg Maddux 29-17
Tom Glavine 28-17
Tom Seaver 27-14