I expected this game to be ugly, ugly in the sense that it would be a 1-0 late Giants victory or something close to that, and of course I was wrong. The 13-18 Phillies who just lost 2 terrible games to the Marlins traveled to the Bay Area to face the 19-12 Giants as they started a 7 game road trip on the west coast. These are my favorite parts of the season, where I fall asleep watching Pawn Stars while waiting for the game to start; which is what happened last night, but don’t worry… I have you covered.
The Phillies in non-2013 fashion got to one of the best pitchers in baseball this year in Madison Bumgarner, and got to him early. After getting 2 quick outs on 4 pitches in the first, the Phillies found themselves with the bases loaded with 2 outs after singles by Michael Young, Ryan Howard, and a walk by Delmon Young. Sadly Domonic Brown grounded out to end the inning, but he’d make up for that later. Cliff Lee cruised through the bottom half of the first with a pretty easy 1-2-3 inning that ended with a strikeout of Pablo Sandoval.
The Phillies put a crooked number on the scoreboard in the top of the 2nd inning. After a John Mayberry Jr single, an Erik Kratz fielders choice that was booted by Marco Scutaro, and a Cliff Lee Sacrifice; the Phillies had runners on 2nd and 3rd with no outs for Chase Utley. Chase then drew himself a walk to load the bases for Michael Young, and Young delivered with a 2 run double to right field, shortly there-after Ryan Howard had an RBI strikeout, when Bumgarner threw a wild pitch allowing Chase Utley to come home to put the Phillies up 3-0… which oddly enough was all they needed.
Cliff Lee was pretty good last night, he allowed a Hunter Pence solo home run in the bottom half of the second, but then cruised through the next by allowing only 2 hits the next 5.2 innings. He ran into trouble in the 8th inning, at that point the Phillies were up 5-1 thanks to a Sac fly by Delmon Young, and Domonic Brown’s solo 1 hopper into McCovey Cove. After allowing a lead-off double to Hunter Pence, and an infield single by Francisco Peguero, the Giants were only down 3 with a runner on 2nd and no outs. Luckily Lee pitched out of this by getting Brandon Crawford to hit into a fielders choice, and then got Brandon Belt to ground into a double play to end the inning.
In the 9th Jimmy Rollins wanted to make sure I will not get a save in any league I have Jonathan Papelbon in by adding a sac fly of his own, to pull the lead to 4. Papelbon however came in and made easy work of the Giants in a 1-2-3 inning to convert yet another non-save situation… the same situations he was awful in during spring training, and everyone was worried about in March.
I don’t have a lot of observations, except that I wish I know why some guy sold some autographed Wright brothers stuff for only 3500 bucks, those Pawn Stars make a killing ! But it was nice to see the Phillies bats come alive in more of a pitchers park, against a great pitcher, and it was also nice to see Cliff Lee keep a quality team in check AND get run support. I also get happier and happier everytime I see Domonic Brown succeed, this poor kid was hyped and hyped and hyped and came to the big leagues and did what 99% of rookies do… start slow, and he got killed in this city for that. Look at Jason Heyward for example he was more hyped up than Domonic, and was hyped across the entire country and came out and had 2 full average seasons at the plate. This stuff happens to young players, not everyone is Ryan Braun and Mike Trout. I will continue to root for brown, as he seems like a good kid who is finally starting to put it all together.
Tonight The Phillies (who are only 3 out of the wildcard, and 5 out of first) send their “new ace” in Kyle Kendrick (3-1) to the mound against “former ace” Tim Lincecum (2-1). Lincecum is a 2 time CY Young award winner, has 2 rings, and is a 4 time all star; in his first 4 seasons in the bigs he went 62-36 with an ERA around 2.80 and collected an amazing 977 strikeouts which is almost an average of 245 per season. Since then however in his last 2 seasons he is a combined 12-16 with an ERA near 5 and only had 190 strikeouts last season, but he has pitched well in his last 2 starts and is starting to show his old form. Let’s hope he shows more of his 2012 form than he does of any form older than that as he is 5-2 against the Phillies with an ERA of 3, and averages 7 strikeouts every time he faces our beloved Phillies. Let’s see if they can get a big series win tonight.
See you folks tomorrow.Tags: Chase Utley, Cliff Lee, Domonic Brown, Hunter Pence, Jimmy Rollins, Jonathan Papelbon, Kyle Kendrick, Michael Young, Philadelphia Phillies, Ryan Howard, San Francisco Giants, Tim Lincecum, win