Rollins, ss; Victorino, cf; Utley, 2b; Howard, 1b; Burrell, lf; Feliz, 3b; Jenkins, rf; Coste, c; Moyer, p.
Clutch pitching and clutch hitting did the job as the Phillies celebrated July 4 with a one-run, come-from-behind victory.
Johan Santana was his typical dominating pitcher but four singles plated two runs and Shane Victorino’s game-winning single sent the sellout crowd home in a festive mood. No long ball, just clutch singles.
J. A. Happ kept the Phillies in the game and then Chad Durbin, Ryan Madson and Bridge Lidge pitched lights out. Happ had command problems, something he had conquered in AAA. A 46-pitch fifth inning did him in but he was encouraging.
The Phillies have out-scored their opponents by 85 runs, second best in the league. The Cubs have a 97-run difference.
Tomorrow afternoon (2 o’clock) on TBS the All-Star teams will be announced. Ernie Johnson and Cal Ripken will host the MLB All-Star Game Selection Show presented by Chevrolet.
The starters are chosen by fan balloting. The pitchers and reserves will be determined through a combination of “Player’s Ballot” choices and All-Star managers, Terry Francona and Clint Hurdle. We have our fingers crossed that Pat Burrell will make it for the first time. He certainly deserves the honor.
Another on-line balloting will take place to select the final player for each league’s 32-man roster. The Monster 2008 All-Star Final Vote will start right after tomorrow’s announcements and end on Thursday. Bobby Abreu was selected by Phillies fans in the final vote four years ago.
Minor League Notes
C Jason Jaramillo, INF Mike Cervenak and LHP Brian Mazone are the Lehigh Valley selections for the International League All-Star Game.
Reading selections for the AA All-Star Game are C Lou Marson, SS Jason Donald, OF Greg Golson, OF Jeremy Slayden and RHP Carlos Carrasco.
Both games will take place the day after the July 15 major league All-Star Game.
R. J. Swindle didn’t waste any time returning to Lehigh Valley after being optioned on Thursday night. He flew to Pawtucket, got in the game, gave up his first home run of the season and was tagged with a loss. The lefty reliever had gone 40 innings without a home run. Going back to last year, add on three more innings. His previous home run came on August 23, 2007, vs. Tampa, while pitching for Clearwater.