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Just When You Thought They Were Done

By Ian Sontag

***I write this Article with an Extremely Heavy Heart-due to the passing of Broadcasting Icon Harry Kalas earlier this afternoon.***

Just when you thought they were finished being Champions of the baseball world. A horrible series against the Atlanta Braves. Now a terrible start against the Colorado Rockies.

But after all this game is all about timing. Key hits, clutch plays, and momentum. The Philadelphia Phillies got key hits and timely pitching Saturday night and now got the same from the group on Easter Sunday to even their record at 3-3.

Again the slow start out of starting pitcher Chan Ho Park, giving up four in the first inning and one more in the second putting the Phillies in a 5-0 hole.

This is the sixth time in six games that the Phillies have started from behind. Do you a pattern developing here? It's been pretty consistent so far. Coming back to win though, is also becoming quite a habit as well. Which to us Phillies fans is not a problem.

To come back from a 5-0 deficit is nothing (joking)-compared to the 10-3 deficit the Phils faced before they rallied back to win against Atlanta. Chase Utley smacks a 2-run shot off of Manny Corpas to tie the score at 5-5.

While, I'm wondering why Phils Manager Charlie Manuel put in 40 year-old Matt Stairs, I think to myself-what's he going to do blast a homer here like last year's series against the Dodgers. A pitch or two later, there goes that ball into the stands for another dramatic 2-run homerun, after that trademark swat of a swing.

The best part of that-Stairs then goes into the dugout, takes off his uniform and puts his warmups back on. As if to say-"I'm done." I thought that was great camera work.

So all said, the Phillies bullpen shut down the Rockies for the next seven innings to even their record on the season. Of course you get Ryan Madson in the eight-confusing the hitters of Colorado and reiting them in order. Enter Brad Lidge, who made things interesting, as he got the first two outs then gave up a hit to James Baker and a walk to Ian Stewart. Lidge then got Troy Tulowitzki to ground out to second base to pick up his second save of the season.

Thanks for reading, again my sympathies goes out to the Kalas Family and friends.

Talk to you after today's game.

1 comment:

  1. Ian,
    Can you hook me up and post my article...I am experiencing technical difficulties.

    Just copy and paste it from the comments below if you would.

    Ry Hoh